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Light for my Cellar
« on: November 15, 2008, 01:24:11 PM »
I want to put something in so I can see when I'm in there, but I've heard flourescent is a no-no.  Is there another kind of light that is ok?  Am I worrying to much and as long as it's just on while I'm in there it doesn't matter?


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Re: Light for my Cellar
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2008, 02:23:29 PM »
I want to put something in so I can see when I'm in there, but I've heard flourescent is a no-no.  Is there another kind of light that is ok?  Am I worrying to much and as long as it's just on while I'm in there it doesn't matter?

If you're only using it while you're down there it won't matter.  Even if yo left it on for an hour here or there, I wouldn't worry too much about it.  I've got a mix of fluorescent and incandescent lights down there and I don't even give it a second thought.
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Re: Light for my Cellar
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2008, 03:45:37 PM »
word.  Don't worry about what kind of light.  It won't be on long enough to cause any problems.  I recommend high-pressure sodium.  Oh wait, beer cellar.  Never mind.
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Re: Light for my Cellar
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Re: Light for my Cellar
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2010, 04:23:40 PM »
If the only light it gets is while you're down there stocking or grabbing bottles for the fridge then, like everyone said, you're good to go.

If you're cellar isn't secluded and just out in the open in the basement and the light is on semi regulary, then you can get a UV film to put over the lights.  At my old chemical mixing job we did a lot of UV and anaerobic adhesives(glue that cures in UV light or in the presences of raw metal) so I worked in a room with UV protective film on all the windows and either on the light bulbs or on the plastic coverings to the lighting fixtures in the ceiling.  I don't know if you can just order this stuff or what.

Also, a local world market place here in Cincinnati(Jungle Jim's) has their beer and wine sections protected from UV light but I think they use special bulbs since the UV film at my old job gave off a bit of a yellow tinting.  Maybe you can order special bulbs that block UV light.  :shrug:
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Re: Light for my Cellar
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2010, 04:27:29 PM »
It's a secluded room.  The only semi-finished room in his basement.  Shows you where his priorities are.  :thumbup:
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Re: Light for my Cellar
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2010, 10:07:29 PM »
Agreed, I have mostly compact flourescent bulbs in my basement but only really turn 'em on when I'm down there looking for beers so I don't really worry about it, as it's dark the rest of the time.

If the lights were on all day long then I would be worried, otherwise wouldn't sweat it at all.
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Re: Light for my Cellar
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2010, 10:52:29 PM »
If the only light it gets is while you're down there stocking or grabbing bottles for the fridge then, like everyone said, you're good to go.

If you're cellar isn't secluded and just out in the open in the basement and the light is on semi regulary, then you can get a UV film to put over the lights.  At my old chemical mixing job we did a lot of UV and anaerobic adhesives(glue that cures in UV light or in the presences of raw metal) so I worked in a room with UV protective film on all the windows and either on the light bulbs or on the plastic coverings to the lighting fixtures in the ceiling.  I don't know if you can just order this stuff or what.

Also, a local world market place here in Cincinnati(Jungle Jim's) has their beer and wine sections protected from UV light but I think they use special bulbs since the UV film at my old job gave off a bit of a yellow tinting.  Maybe you can order special bulbs that block UV light.  :shrug:

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