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    Question Home Gym Lighting: what's the best solution?

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    Which kind of light do you recommend for a home gym in the basement? Neon Light? Bulb? Bright or not? Another much more advanced solution (light voice controlled, dimmer...)?
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    Depends how much money you are willing to spend, and whether or not you want the job looking professional. If it were going in a basement or garage, I'd install some cheap ballasts & run full spectrum natural light florescent tubes. You want your gym well lit with good light bulbs that simulate sunlight. Cheap lighting is very fatiguing and could hinder your motivation for workouts.

    Track lighting looks nice, clean, and professional, but it's much more expensive.
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    Originally Posted by cyde View Post
    Depends how much money you are willing to spend, and whether or not you want the job looking professional. If it were going in a basement or garage, I'd install some cheap ballasts & run full spectrum natural light florescent tubes. Track lighting looks nice, clean, and professional, but it's much more expensive.
    I'm thinking about doing this, but concerned about noise from ballasts. . .
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    Originally Posted by AttyGuy View Post
    I'm thinking about doing this, but concerned about noise from ballasts. . .
    I have 3 ballasts in my garage gym, and it only makes noise the first 10 seconds being powered while the tubes are warming up. Beyond that is a very subtle and gentle hum that is easily drowned out by lifting weights & low volume music. My biggest concern was cost, and it was a cheap lighting solution. The full spectrum bulbs make a HUGE difference when working out at night. I used to drag ass for workouts and dread the gym/dungeon, and now I feel energized and motivated from good lighting.
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    Originally Posted by JFByers View Post
    Hi,
    Which kind of light do you recommend for a home gym in the basement? Neon Light? Bulb? Bright or not? Another much more advanced solution (light voice controlled, dimmer...)?
    I think you can try this - they provide high-quality LED lighting products, including 300 watt LED flood light replacement and fixture
    www .ledsuniverse.com/en/flood-lights/
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    I'm using fluorescents. Sorry as I can't recall which Kelvin they are . I'm using the T8 style which are 1" in diameter , and the ballasts are solid state , meaning no hum. 4 footers consume 33watts , so not to terribly bad .

    I'm not a big fan of LED room lighting , as they don't put out a very good source of light . In fact there doing studies right now that are showing health issues because of the huge spike in the blue light that they emit .
    It's effecting people's sleep patterns which is contributing to all sorts of health issues .
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    Originally Posted by MajorTendonitis View Post
    I'm using fluorescents. Sorry as I can't recall which Kelvin they are . I'm using the T8 style which are 1" in diameter , and the ballasts are solid state , meaning no hum. 4 footers consume 33watts , so not to terribly bad .

    I'm not a big fan of LED room lighting , as they don't put out a very good source of light . In fact there doing studies right now that are showing health issues because of the huge spike in the blue light that they emit .
    It's effecting people's sleep patterns which is contributing to all sorts of health issues .
    Google it if you get a chance

    I replaced my fluorescents with 13" square LED's from Lowes. They were about $30 each. I put 4 up in a 16 x 24 space and it lights up like daytime. The light is 'filling' not localized and floods the room. I'm not a doctor, expert, nor did I stay in Holiday Inn Express, but the lighting in my gym is incredibly better than it was with the fluorescents and no lighting illnesses for me so far.
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    LED all the way.
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    Originally Posted by Greybird2 View Post
    LED all the way.
    Agree. If you can't sleep because of your lighting, then turn it off. I prefer to sleep with the lights off anyway.

    LED is a bit more harsh than the other types of lighting, but I just don't look at it directly.
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    Originally Posted by Greybird2 View Post
    LED all the way.
    Oh yeah. No doubt. I went with LED recessed high hats in my basement gym. I love the brightness and whiteness of these. Not just for working out, but for anywhere. The one drawback... Pictures. Not the ones you hang on wall. I am talking photographs. It is not a good lighting for photos. Everything that I take down there are terrible. I guess they put out too much glare.
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    Originally Posted by bcradio View Post

    LED is a bit more harsh than the other types of lighting
    That's the excessive blue light f*ckin' your eyesight.
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    Originally Posted by daniel327 View Post
    That's the excessive blue light f*ckin' your eyesight.
    6000k lights are horrible; inside, outside, lamps, headlights... I wish they'd be outlawed, lol.

    You can find 2700k, 2900k, 3000k, and 3100k lights if you hunt around. Yellow/amber lights aren't trendy anymore...
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    I use a bunch of these Pixi LED panels from Home Depot. http://m.homedepot.com/b/Lighting-Ce...5yc1vZbvn5Zbi0

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