Farm shop lighting

Galt

Member
I have to wire a farm shop. I'm thinking T5 six bulb high bays. Can I put receptacles on the ceiling and a short piece of cord to the fixture or do you think FMC would be better? It's about 18 feet high. Thanks!
 

K8MHZ

Senior Member
Some states, Michigan is one, exempts farms (agricultural buildings) from being covered by electrical codes. A call to the local inspector may be in order.
 

K8MHZ

Senior Member
I have to wire a farm shop. I'm thinking T5 six bulb high bays. Can I put receptacles on the ceiling and a short piece of cord to the fixture or do you think FMC would be better? It's about 18 feet high. Thanks!
For reliability, I would go with hard wire over cord and plug. I think receptacles are much more prone to failure than permanent connections . Now, if you plan on having to move or remove them, a receptacle would be the preferred method.
 

Cow

Senior Member
Cord and plug is nice for maintenance when you need to change a ballast.

We typically hardwire them with stranded MC. By the way, we've had good luck with the 6 lamp T5HO highbays, the mechanics love them! One farmer had us retrofit his existing shop after he saw how much light these put out in his new shop.
 

hurk27

Senior Member
For reliability, I would go with hard wire over cord and plug. I think receptacles are much more prone to failure than permanent connections . Now, if you plan on having to move or remove them, a receptacle would be the preferred method.
Being in a barn I would coat the plug and receptacle with a dielectric grease, but other then a moisture problem I don't see 20 amp twist-loc failing under the small amount of current that these fixtures pull, and it's much nicer to be able to go up and unplug and un hook to bring the fixture down to replace the ballast in them then to try up at the ceiling, it also makes installation a breeze, I see the OP is from Wi. which means he's right around the corner from RUUD or Econolight, they will whip or pigtail the fixture for you if you order them that way and is much cheaper then doing it yourself.
I did a trucking company's repair garage using all mirror reflector 6x t-5ho's and they like them so much they had me replace all the MH's in their old garage, they told me they had so much light without shadowing they no longer needed drop cords for most of their work, that was 8 years ago and I think I replaced 6 lamps so far and 2 ballast, these were all RUUD fixtures, which with no middle man saves some money, Econolight is the same way but a little less quality but your paying for it, RUUD and Econolight are in the same building Cree purchased both company's a while back but so far Cree has kept the same way they run the sales, so you can order direct from them, I'm in NW Indiana and I can get my order within the next day, and they bend over backwards to make sure everything is right.

RUUD's link

Econolight's link
 
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