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Old 10-14-2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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Lift / Harbor Freight Lift Lighting

So I picked up a lift this past weekend and the lighting that I've got in the garage is pretty poor. Can't change it since I don't own it and I don't feel like dealing with a bunch of pedestal halogen lights. I'm thinking of putting some strips of LED lighting in the edge corners so I can see up and under the bike.

Tried searching, has anyone tried this yet?
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:10 AM   #2
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just hang some flourescent lights, cheap at home depot, lowes etc. just a couple of eye screws to hold the chains, or a hanging led shop light works pretty well.
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:00 PM   #3
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Lights down low are tough when you can't adjust them.
Right when you are trying to see into a dark spot, you look directly into the light and can't see shit for 5 minutes.

I use a combination of flashlights, overhead lights (you can get ones that plug in and are very light so a small hook that won't piss off the owner will work) and a Stanley tripod flashlight/worklight so I can let go.

You can also get clip on work lights that you can aim and let go of.
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:09 PM   #4
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Ya, they will constantly be in your eyes. And LEDs are hard on the ol' eye balls.....
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:30 PM   #5
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Ya, they will constantly be in your eyes. And LEDs are hard on the ol' eye balls.....
Not necessarily. I have a reading lamp that uses 6 led's in line on an arm, and they have a fairly low color temp, much like an incandescent.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:47 PM   #6
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Brooks:

I'd hang flourescent lights, but when I'd have the garage door open in nice weather I wouldn't be able to see anything.

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Lights down low are tough when you can't adjust them.
Right when you are trying to see into a dark spot, you look directly into the light and can't see shit for 5 minutes.

I use a combination of flashlights, overhead lights (you can get ones that plug in and are very light so a small hook that won't piss off the owner will work) and a Stanley tripod flashlight/worklight so I can let go.

You can also get clip on work lights that you can aim and let go of.
I thought that blinding myself while working on the bike was normal and expected to happen every 15 minutes? Kind of like how I buy two timing plugs every time I adjust the valves, push them both through the hole and install the old crusty one instead?

I've been using the HF LED lights, the magnets / hooks don't always seem to get the light quite where I want it though. The Stanley tripod light will be my next purchase for sure.

I'd get a few of the painters clamp lights but I know they don't mix when working with fuel, and I know I'd be sweeping up glass every time I used them.

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Ya, they will constantly be in your eyes. And LEDs are hard on the ol' eye balls.....
I was thinking of this but, was considering making it so I could turn off one side or the other depending on what side I was working on. I figure though that I'd still end up blinding myself regardless.

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Not necessarily. I have a reading lamp that uses 6 led's in line on an arm, and they have a fairly low color temp, much like an incandescent.
I keep looking at the strips online, but I always catch myself looking at the higher lumen ones even knowing I will blind myself.
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:38 AM   #7
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I use a tripod mounted LED setup for shop work, but it's got a few advantages you might appreciate- the top section easily pops off the tripod with a little pinch lock thing and so can sit on the floor for low work or upward-facing light. Each side lamp is individually switched, so you can go half-power if you want. Biggest thing though it doesn't get super hot like halogen, and you don't have to worry about bulb replacement. And of course it's low draw. 80 bucks at Menards.


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Old 10-17-2013, 08:01 AM   #8
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camping headlamp

shines where you are looking, goes with you, and can only shine in your eyes is you make an effort to do so.
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:03 PM   #9
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Unless you are moving out in a month or 2 it's worth it to install some decent fluorescent lights. You can often get them used for cheap or free. Do a decent job installing them and who is going to complain about you improving the rental property? I've done that at every place I've had and the owners have been happy to have a free upgrade.
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:35 PM   #10
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I've seen led strips around meant several applications. I got 12'(?) long strings in a thick clear plastic for $16 last year, meant for outdoor accent lighting. All you really need is a small light bar. Lots of 12v at the auto parts stores. Nice they don't get very hot.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:13 PM   #11
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camping headlamp

shines where you are looking, goes with you, and can only shine in your eyes is you make an effort to do so.
The headlamp bomber is talking about (I think), fits on your head like a haedband on your head. Nice under $20 fix.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:32 PM   #12
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Hi all ! I used to have a 2'x4' fluorescent fixture with a couple of wood slats as a brace . Sat on the floor and I just moved it from one side of the bike to the other . Had a 120v plug.
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