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Old October 22, 2001, 08:30 PM   #1
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Got Good Lighting Above Your Reloading Bench?

Was at Lowe's hardware store and a nice shop flourescent light fixture caught my eye. Bought it for $7 on sale. Bought a pair of tubes for $4. and for another $4, bought some thin lighting chain to hang it. Grabbed a couple of lighting hooks for $.50.

And dropped that shop light about 4 feet above my reloading bench. Only took 20 minutes.

And OH MY GOSH!!!!!!

It's like a different area.

Really easy on the eyes. Seems like I was reloading in the dark before that with a small lamp nailed to the wall.

Think about some good lighting above your benches.

Makes reading those reloading manuals more pleasurable!
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Old October 22, 2001, 09:55 PM   #2
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Lights above loading benches.

Great mate !

A small word of caution is the remote chance that a hot or broken light or tube may start a fire by combustion or impact on EG primers etc.

I wouldn't worry.....
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Old October 22, 2001, 09:58 PM   #3
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Yep, have a 4-foot fluorescent fixture right above my press area, and a couple of others in the backroom of the basement, as well.

When I finally get around to moving the press, I'll have the same thing over it again.

I didn't hard wire the lights -- I put plugs in the ceiling. That way I can move the lights around if needed, and just use an extension cord.

I also have an extra place to plug in the drill if I need to.
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Old October 22, 2001, 10:30 PM   #4
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Yup, being a sparky I got several levels of lighting above my bench.

I have single stage press, when I powder my cases, the light helps, when looking into the cases to check for correct charges.

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Old October 22, 2001, 11:13 PM   #5
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Good lighting is an understatement for my bench. I use an electronics technician workbench as my reloading bench, and it came with a 5' double row flourescent light. It also came with a 10 outlet industrial power strip, a shelf, and a bar for Akro-Bins. I also use the room light to help fill in shadows.
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Old October 24, 2001, 06:06 AM   #6
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I put 2 long armed (about 3 foot) adjustable lights that have both flourescent and incandecent bulbs so I can adjust the lights on both sides of the press and get good lighting for powder checking.
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