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Choosing Great Lighting for Your Garage Workshop


This year has been an interesting one, to say the least. It has given many of us the opportunity to start new hobbies or pick up old ones. For some of us, that means long hours spent in the garage, whittling away at projects. If that sounds like you, this week’s article is right up your alley. We are going to take a look at great lighting designs for your workshop that will be easy on your eyes and your wallet.

Overhead Lighting

The first thing most people think of when considering garage lighting is hanging fluorescent tubes, but LED fixtures can be used as well. Fluorescents offer the lowest upfront cost but will not be able to give the same amount of light coverage or last as long as LEDs. Whichever type of bulb you choose, ensure to install at least eight feet of overhead lighting per vehicle space. Using two four-foot bulbs end to end makes for simple installation. Smaller garages can even get away with recessed light fixtures in the ceiling.

Supplemental Lighting

If you think your lighting design stops there, think again. Now that you’ve got a general wash of the whole area, you need to consider supplemental lighting. Some key areas that may need to be lit are:

  • Areas near appliances or tools.
  • Workbenches.
  • Storage areas.
  • Exterior entrances.

Lighting these areas does not require large fixtures. Instead consider clamp-on lights, adjustable task lamps, and under-cabinet lighting to help brighten spots that need it most.

Other Considerations

Before you begin buying fixtures, take the time to make a plan that includes both overhead and supplemental lights. Remember that it should be bright, efficient, accessible, and safe. That means hard to reach switches and energy-sucking bulbs must be avoided. Additionally, if you’re in Alberta like us, you’ll have to consider how temperature will affect your workspace. Some bulbs and fixtures weren’t made for the cold and will stop working. For example, there are fluorescent bulbs that will sustain damage if they experience temperatures of lower than 50 degrees. Always check the recommendations on the packaging before investing your hard-earned cash.

If you’re anything like us, chances are you’re spending much more time in your garage workshop than normal. Set yourself up for success by including lighting solutions that will keep the space properly lit so you can do what you do best. If you’re looking for a complete overhaul and need a professional electrician to hardwire a new lighting system, we know just the team! Contact the electrical experts at 4 Star Electric today.

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