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Old 03-10-2010, 05:11 PM   #1
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Ok the health dept says I need 50-foot candles over the prep and cleaning areas. my kitchen in truck is 15 ft long and 7 ft. wide with the prep on one side 15 ft long and the wash is on the other side 15 ft long. If I am using florecsent lighting running long ways on either side what do I need???? will 1 each 8 ft 2 bulb work on each side????
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:48 PM   #2
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I wouldn't try to figure this out yourself.

If the HD wrote you up for insufficient lighting, ask them what they want you to put in. That way they can't argue with your choice after the fact. On the other hand, if you are just reading the regulations and building out your kitchen, use your own common sense to choose lights that seem to work best with your budget and space.

I've never seen an inspector with a light meter. They prefer really slow read digital thermometers, so they can hold your fridge/hot box door open for five minutes, ensuring that your temps will be out of spec. :p

As with any government agency, it's always simpler to ask for forgiveness than to get permission.
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Ok the health dept says I need 50-foot candles over the prep and cleaning areas. my kitchen in truck is 15 ft long and 7 ft. wide with the prep on one side 15 ft long and the wash is on the other side 15 ft long. If I am using florecsent lighting running long ways on either side what do I need???? will 1 each 8 ft 2 bulb work on each side????
You could buy 50 standard candles, each 1 foot long and light them all and see how much light that is, but I agree with the post above and just ask them what that amounts to in terms of fixture and bulbs. That should be easy enough for them to tell you.
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If you use two 8 foot 2 tube high output light fixtures. Center in your trailer it will look light daylight. Around 75 foot candles. Lowes has them around $50.00 each. Don't forget the protector tubes for the lamps.
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If you use two 8 foot 2 tube high output light fixtures. Center in your trailer it will look light daylight. Around 75 foot candles. Lowes has them around $50.00 each. Don't forget the protector tubes for the lamps.
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