Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 42
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jjak Great light
Cover over ballast hard to put on.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by miart Very Happy with product
This is the best lighting product for my studio and for my art. Love it! Have 3 of them now and going to add more shortly.
December 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DCWIK Let the light shine bright
This light was meant to simply replace a similar fixture in my basement washroom. I never expected it to be such a huge upgrade though. The energy efficiency aside this was a great purchase and it inspired me to upgrade other lights in my basement now.
June 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mikey95 Great solution for garage lighting
Installed 3 of these lights in an unheated garage, fitted them with GE Cool White Premium Cool White (model 73899 purchased at a HD competitor) bulbs and controlled them using a Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensor Switch. Very pleased with the results; instant on, good color rendering (bulb choice), quiet ballasts. Assembling the pieces (sockets, end cap, covers) was a bit of work but manageable and the sheet metal flexs a lot until it is mounted (typical). I second another reviewer's comment that installing the retaining clip for the cover was a real challenge.
Bottom line: I'd buy more and recommend the product to others. Everything worked out of the box, no missing or broken parts.
November 7, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by hobbes T8 Upgrade from T12 upgrad short cuts and tips
I bought this light from Home Depot in Port Chester to replace a broken Lithonia T12 unit which was about 10 years old. The T12 was OK but the ballast broke and to my dismay the Instant start T12 ballast is no longer sold at Home Depot (US law is phasing the T12 units out). So I bought this T8 as a replacement unit.
The nice thing about it is that the main piece, the 8 foot U channel main casing is identical between the T12 and T8 Lithonia units. So I did not have to unscrew this component from my ceiling. All that was required was to replace (1) the ballast for the t8 unit, and (2) some of the metal brackets which are *COMPATIBLE* with the T12 unit holes and cut outs lined up exactly. I think Lithonia has the identical U channel main case in both products.
The U-channel is a bit flimsy but this works in your favour when it comes to swaping out the brackets. The metal being flimsy is also flexible, a gentle flex and the old brackets pop out and you can pop the new ones in. To make this process a bit easier I recommend cheap pair of gloves, the $US 5 kind at Home depot for gardening work well. They are thick and clumsy but that is what you need. The edges of the metal are sharp, but with the thick gloves it is easy to pop out and replace the brackets. The other thing you need are a pair of safety googles. The cheap $US 3 kind with the elastic strap work well available at home depot.
Lithonia have made the ballast and wiring also simpler from earlier production units. The have wired up the connectors and on purpose cut the some lengths of the wire short. This forces you to place the connectors in the right places because the wires only reach so far. In my case yellow leads to the far ends, and the red and blue wires in the center. The White goes to Neutral and the Black to Live of your hose power supply. The earth (bare copper) should be connected to a screw inserted into the main U channel case to earth the unit.
There is a more expensive unit also sot at Home Depot for $US 59.47 also T8. As fas as I can tell this is a High Output Ballast unit which can take 40 W (as opposed to the 32 watt) tubes. I think the 40 W tubes are special order only, so to get the extra Ummph in light you need the tubes to go with them. Another important reason to consider the more expensive unit is I think it is a rapid start unit which is designed for lower temperatures. So if your location is cold, e.g. car garage, then maybe the more expensive unit would work better there.
The unit works well and is quite a bit brigther than the old T12 unit while using the same about of power. 4 x 32 W vs. 2 x 75 W (approx)
April 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Timewarpone Impressive
Works Great. Installed in my 2 car garage onto bare 24in. rafters. Plenty of light (Instant ON). I used 4 cool white T-5 bulbs. Light weight and easy to install. I used help from a second person. Must be hard wired to a switch. Great for the price. I would have paid extra for an optional deflector.
March 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Handyman Great price for a 8 foot fixture
Got these to replace old fixtures in church office that used 8' lamps. Much brighter than before. I found out you could remove any number of lamps and fixture would still operate, since the lamps are wired in parallel. You couldn't do that with the old fixtures. I called the manufacturer and was told this would not damage the fixture. Other reviews said the sheet-metal was lightweight but once installed, who cares?
One warning-the first fixture I bought had missing parts and found out it had been returned by previous customer. Check the contents before you leave the store. All in all a pretty good deal if they hold up.
May 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Slayer Great lights
Bought these lights for my 30'x48' pole barn. I have 12 foot ceilings and I installed three rows of three fixtures and each row of 3 lights has its own switch. I am not an electrician, but with a few questions answered for me, I installed it all myself. Fixtures are pretty simple to assemble.... You may have to tweak the fixture with pliers to get small imperfections corrected, but no big deal....... Remember they are 40.00 fixtures. If you want perfect fixtures then you may want to consider spending 120.00 or more a piece for one!! Once I got them installed, they worked first time! It was 20 degrees out, so it took about 90 seconds to fully brighten up......but no big deal. They are bright and light up my whole shop very well. I would recommend them and would use them again in the future!!!!
December 7, 2015