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Old 04-13-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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Default Good deal on fixtures?

While hitting up Lowe's, I ran across a cart of lighting marked 75% off. Among them were a stack of Utilitech 4 ft, 4 bulb wrap lights. Here is the link to the Lowe's site.

They have electronic ballasts, use T-8 bulbs and came out to about $12.50 each. They have oak endcaps, but I can always paint them if I don't like how they look in my garage. But for $50 to get four of them, I felt I couldn't pass them up.

So, is it as good of a find as I think?
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:19 PM   #2
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"Utilitech" is like the skull & crossbones namely a warning to stay away or be really cautious, IMHO, STAY AWAY!
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:13 AM   #3
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:59 PM   #4
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I don't know... I've had the black Utilitech 2 bulb T8 fixtures with electronic ballasts. They're $12 each at Lowes. I have 12 fixtures and never had a problem.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:55 AM   #5
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I consider that a good price. I buy my lights at Menards and they sell a similar 4' fixture. I wait for a sale and pick them up then. On sale I can get them for $12-15 each. I have had no problems with their fixtures yet, and I've been using some of them for 5-6 years. I'll know in another 15 years if they will last.
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:57 PM   #6
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Now I just need to figure to which bulbs to get for them. I also need to get them wired and installed before the summer sun makes the attic tough to move around in.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:10 AM   #7
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The Utilitech bulbs are the cheapest. Even if you don't need 40+, buy a whole case... it'll end up costing less than if you bought individual bulbs, and you'll have lots of extras.
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I buy the Sylvania bulbs by the case - way cheaper. But then, I need a lot to finish.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:15 PM   #9
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I looked at some 5000k Philips bulbs. They are going to cost more than the fixtures themselves. I guess there is a drawback to buying four bulb fixtures.
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