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This is a discussion on Shop Lights within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Can anyone suggest a good shop light? I've been buying one 48" brand that holds ...

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    Can anyone suggest a good shop light? I've been buying one 48" brand that holds T12's. They are pure crap and always quit working after a couple of weeks. Anyone have tried and true brand that is easy to hang?

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    I just buy the cheapest fixture at a local big box hardware store. They last 3 or 4 years being run 14 hours a day. One tip is to make sure the fixture you buy has a ballast designed for T-12 bulbs. The newer electronic ballasts are designed for T-8's. Don't know why it makes a differance in the life of the ballast, but it does.

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    I think I need to just find a better brand. I've had several of these burn out in within a couple of weeks of buying them. They are definatly made for T-12's. I'd actually love it more if they were made for t-8's!

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    I had lousy luck with cheap shoplights too, of various cheap brands. The T-8's with the electronic ballasts weren't much better. I don't know what the answer is. Most of my plants are now under an HID light, and I bought a very pricey T-5 that's held up well so far.

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