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Old 11-18-2012, 10:54 PM
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Default Reloading bench Lighting, the beginings or my loading bench

I am just starting to setup my loading bench. I have 5 feet of 22" deep bench dedicated to loading. I have 3 filing cabinets under the bench for storage and my idea is to build more upper cabinet to continue what's over the pegboard to store infrequently used supplies. I have a spare 4' fluorescent fixture from my old luminance ceiling in the kitchen that I want to mount under the cabinet. My Question is; How dangerous is that considering it has no lens or lamp retainer other than the tombstone sockets?

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I am just starting to setup my loading bench. I have 5 feet of 22" deep bench dedicated to loading. I have 3 filing cabinets under the bench for storage and my idea is to build more upper cabinet to continue what's over the pegboard to store infrequently used supplies. I have a spare 4' fluorescent fixture from my old luminance ceiling in the kitchen that I want to mount under the cabinet. My Question is; How dangerous is that considering it has no lens or lamp retainer other than the tombstone sockets?
If it isn't going to cause a fire, it should be fine, right? Reloading components would have to get really hot to go off by themselves.

On the other hand... do you really need light under there?

That being said, it looks like a great space for reloading. That's a cool block you have your AR locked into. RCBS Uniflow Powder Measure gets a big thumbs up. It's way better than the 1950s/60s Redding powder measure I have.
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LOL, I have a lil dandy that I use too.


My concern with the lights is if they are accidentally broken or knocked down. Could there be enough there to ignite the propellant?
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What about a goose-neck lamp?
http://www.bicwarehouse.com/goosenec...-2400-blk.html
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The only problem is that fluorescent lights can mess with your electronic scales sometimes.
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I have had a 40" fluorescent fixture over my reloading bench or 37 years with no problems. You may want to consider UV exposure with a bare bulb fixture if it is mounted within 3-4 feet of the work surface. There are safety fixtures available such as this one: http://www.homedepot.com/Lighting-Fa...&storeId=10051 The plastic diffuser on many fixtures also act as a UV filter.

Also, you can slip plastic tube guards over the bulbs to prevent breakage or falling glass shards. Some of the guards act as UV filters. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...t+tube+sleeves
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The only problem is that fluorescent lights can mess with your electronic scales sometimes.
Which is one of many reasons that electronic scales are not an improvement over the old balance beam scale.
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I have had a 40" fluorescent fixture over my reloading bench or 37 years with no problems. You may want to consider UV exposure with a bare bulb fixture if it is mounted within 3-4 feet of the work surface. There are safety fixtures available such as this one: http://www.homedepot.com/Lighting-Fa...&storeId=10051 The plastic diffuser on many fixtures also act as a UV filter.

Also, you can slip plastic tube guards over the bulbs to prevent breakage or falling glass shards. Some of the guards act as UV filters. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...t+tube+sleeves

The first one you linked is a vapor proof fixture, and money is an object. I already have these (2) 4' fixtures with lamps left over from a minor kitchen remodel the tube protectors look like a great idea. My old eyes are not what they used to be, so the more light the better.
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LOL, I have a lil dandy that I use too.


My concern with the lights is if they are accidentally broken or knocked down. Could there be enough there to ignite the propellant?
Well... I wouldn't think so. Powder is stored in jars/cans/whatever have you. If you get a fire, yeah... they'll go off... but remember that powder isn't an explosive; it's a propellant. Take a handful, put it on your floor, and put a match to it. It just burns. So... not the scary explosion you'd imagine. On the other hand, fire is fire. If you're worried at all about them going off, don't put the tubes down there.

My thinking is... if you have these great tubes, put them over top of your bench to provide more light. Also, one of the above posters is correct... all that interference will screw with a digital scale. I'd keep them above so that you will get less RF or whatever it is which screws with electronics.

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The first one you linked is a vapor proof fixture, and money is an object. I already have these (2) 4' fixtures with lamps left over from a minor kitchen remodel the tube protectors look like a great idea. My old eyes are not what they used to be, so the more light the better.
They have much cheaper tubes. I think you can find tubes for $4-6 each.

I went crazy and bought a little cheap fluorescent tube for around $10 on Amazon. It works just fine. If I can ever get out to the garage, I'll post up a pic for you. I think it'd be best for what you want out there... then just hang your bigger tubes up high.
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The light I have looks like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Good-Earth-Lig...orescent+light

but the one I have is cheaper. I'm sure you can find one if you look around.
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I remember that bench...careful about tearing into that wall when you hang that cabinet..... you never know what you will find in there

I think an uncovered fluorescent light will be fine, my shop has 2 fixtures that have 8 4' tubes each, they have no covers and are about 4 to 5 feet above the bench and for 25 years I have spilled gas while tearing apart carbs, sprayed either, the old brake cleaner that was flamable and never had a problem. There is even a fixture right above my parts washer full of solvent, I have hit that with a drive shaft that I spun around to clean the other end and broke a tube. I was just worried about breathing the dust.

If you are worried about bumping them you could get some 1x4 lumber and make a box around the fixture and then get a difuser from Home Depot, drill some holes in it and screw it to the rim of the 1x4 box. That would be pretty cheap.
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Yeah I can't wait to get this thing going, us when I go throw my stuff I am hoping to find all sorts of stuff. Not the least of which would be a set of 762 by 54 R dies. I still can't find half of the crap I own.

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Yeah I can't wait to get this thing going, us when I go throw my stuff I am hoping to find all sorts of stuff. Not the least of which would be a set of 762 by 54 R dies. I still can't find half of the crap I own.

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So how have you been reloading before this bench?

I'd loan you my 7.62x54 dies... but we're a bit distant, geographically.

That being said... I was told the Lee dies are awesome. Supposedly, they're easier on the brass?
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At the old house, I was clamping my presses on a very nice folding table.
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At the old house, I was clamping my presses on a very nice folding table.
Villainous! Every man needs a good workbench! Glad you got yours.


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With the garage lights and the loading bench lights on.

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With only the garage lights on:

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That, sir, is beautiful. Now come do that in my garage.


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Thank you I am thrilled with it. I made my first ammo since we bought this house 5 months ago. Both the 7 and 2 year old helped this time. Turns out that ammo production is twice as slow with 2 kids helping.


Good times
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Both the 7 and 2 year old helped this time. Turns out that ammo production is twice as slow with 2 kids helping.


Good times
Twice as slow but more then twice as fun for them and you I imagine

Nice setup BTW
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Hey that looks good! I like all the room above.
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that cabinet with the lighting looks real nice! I have a setup just like that in my house... although it came that way and so no pride in building it. Going to set up for realoading after the new year... if we're still here...
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Hey that looks good! I like all the room above.
the lower shelf is just below eye level. It is great for storing calipers, scale, lube pad and other things that you use all the time without cluttering up the work surface. I was afraid that the bottom full shelf was going to be to close to my head but it's high enough that I don't even notice it when I am working my press.
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Much nicer Bench then the one OHOD posted! =)

this is the light I use on mine. 6.99 at harbor freight.
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looks great man !!!
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Much nicer Bench then the one OHOD posted! =)

this is the light I use on mine. 6.99 at harbor freight.
Dang, I missed the one she posted. That's the same light I used to use, I just got to use these fluorescent lights because they came out of my kitchen after a minor remodeling ... which made my wife happy.

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Let us know if your lights mess with your scale or calipers at all.
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Let us know if your lights mess with your scale or calipers at all.
I have a Dillon Dtermonator. I used a Stacker switch so I can turn either light on independently
I tried several combinations and could find no effect of the lights on my scale
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wasted space and from scrap lumber

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The only problem is that fluorescent lights can mess with your electronic scales sometimes.
& interferes w/ the radio, too.

Looks good, OP!
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Put LEDs on the press itself. I bought a roll of LEDs at ORVAC and built my own.

By the way.... My bench is more purdy than yours. And I am better luking as well.

And I think I found your .357 dies in my stash. Are you missing them?

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This may be what you are looking for.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_163817-337-T...ard&facetInfo=
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Put LEDs on the press itself. I bought a roll of LEDs at ORVAC and built my own.

By the way.... My bench is more purdy than yours. And I am better luking as well.

And I think I found your .357 dies in my stash. Are you missing them?

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could be... because my .357 sizing die scratches everything. I have your .223 toolhead with dillan dies. I am finding all kinds of stuff.
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With the garage lights and the loading bench lights on.

Could the case feeder of a XL 650 (if you ever upgraded) fit under there?
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