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Old 08-11-2008, 02:29 PM
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paint booth lighting

Recently purchased a bunch of 4' 2-tube T8 flourescent lights for the paint booth in my workshop.

I've been fighting a losing battle with old age and have surrendered to the need for more light. The space is about 6' deep and 12' wide. I had it lit with 6 75watt reflector-style (PAR) lamps like you'd use on the eaves of your house. Not the best of situations - lots of heat and even flood pattern is too "spotty" at these close distances.

The new lights are narrow with a plastic lens of the same "diamond-like" pattern in office lighting the world-over. The lenses are U-shaped.

On occasion, spraying a large object will result in overspray being directed towards a light.

I would like to cover the lenses with some easy to replace plastic so overspray isn't an issue.

Any suggestions?
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:38 PM
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Cheap plastic drop cloths that are sold at Lowe's or Home Depot... $2 or more depending on thickness (mil).
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:44 PM
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Get a roll of this and replace it when it gets too hazy from overspray.
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:49 PM
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thanks - that's just what I'm looking for. The drop cloths are a good idea too, but I wanted something adhesive for easier installation. Even a small roll is likely to last me for as long as I care to pursue this hobby.

This 3M stuff probably won't have too much tack for easy removal later, plus if I remember correctly, the texture is on the outside of the lens, so this will adhere less, but do a good job of keeping the lens clean from dust, etc.

Appreciate all responses.

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Old 08-11-2008, 04:16 PM
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I agree that there is no such thing as too much light when painting. I hate it when I think I have a good job.....until the daylight hits it, and I see stuff that I could not see previously.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:42 PM
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there are plastic tubeguards for the lamps, but they may not be cost effective if you use it a lot. oh wait nevermind that wont work.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:23 PM
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