Lighting the garage is much different than lighting the inside of the home. Used mostly for work or storage, a garage needs to be well lit and functional. Lighting needs to be arranged so that it brightens areas where a person will be working, while keeping in mind that some areas may not be used at all times.
Fluorescent Garage Ceiling Lights
Long, fluorescent shop lights are ideal for garages and work areas. Bulbs come in various sizes that make them ideal for use in the open area of the garage as well as for placement under cabinets. Fluorescent bulbs are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and offer a more uniform, light that is brighter and more appealing than other forms.
Fluorescent bulbs can be used in garage ceiling light fixtures that hang low to the work area or placed in standard fixtures that are attached to the ceiling or wall. No matter where or how the fixtures are attached, the bulbs supply an ample amount of light making it easy to work on everything from electronics to large motors. This type of lighting system is relatively inexpensive to install and the bulbs are also reasonably priced.
Track lights work well when used as garage ceiling lights. They can be placed over specific work areas and used to light a path or walk way from the exterior door to the interior door. Lighting a path allows a person to get from one door to the other without lighting the entire garage.
Track lights can also be used with dimmer switches and timers. Dimmer switches work well when a minimum amount of light is needed. If something is being worked on that requires the lights to be dimmed repeatedly, having the system set to work with a remote control or dimmer switch is an excellent idea. Using a dimmer switch or remote allows the user to operate the lights while they are working instead of having to walk over to the light switch each time.
A track light system can be set up to work with a timer making it convenient for when a homeowner goes on vacation. If the lights are set to turn on at the same time a person would normally leave or arrive home from work, it can be an excellent deterrent for burglars who may be casing the neighborhood. Timers are also a welcome idea for individuals who work long hours and may sometimes forget to turn the garage lights off. By using a timer, less energy is wasted when no one is actually working in the garage.
Recessed lights can be used anywhere. In fact, some fluorescent fixtures can be built into the ceiling of the garage so they take up little to no space at all. Smaller recessed lights can be placed in hard to reach areas such as small boxy areas where water heaters and furnaces are placed. The convenience of recessed lighting allows a person to have the maximum amount of light without the fear of taking up much needed space.
Much like track lighting, recessed lights can also be set up with dimmers and timers. This is an added convenience that allows them to be used as sources of background lighting or if dim lights need to be used. Recessed lights can be set up on separate circuits so that not all of the lights have to be on at the same time. For example, if a night light is needed, one or two lights over the workbench can be turned on to a dim setting that will provide enough light for a person to be able to navigate easily through the garage without having to turn on all of the overhead lights.
LED lights are extremely durable and last much longer than other light sources and make excellent garage ceiling lights. They are considered to be the most eco-friendly of all the various types of lighting available. LED lights are very energy efficient and burn cleanly. They offer bright, white light that can be directed to wherever it is needed. LED lights do not contain toxic chemicals or contaminants and do not emit any type of ultraviolet emissions.
Their ability to outlast other light bulbs makes them one of the best choices for environmentally friendly homeowners. LED lights are extremely energy efficient and require minimal voltage to produce an abundance of light. Unlike other forms of lighting, LED’s are designed to operate equally well in both extremely hot or cold temperatures. This means they can be used out of doors in any climate without fear of breaking or dimming.
LED lights are very flexible and are manufactured in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be used with dimmers and timers and provide instant light, unlike some bulbs that have to warm up to produce adequate amounts of light. A garage ceiling light that uses LED bulbs will be more efficient over time than any other lighting system. An LED light can be added among other types of garage ceiling lights when an intensely bright light is needed in one specific area. They work well with other types of lighting and can add a soft balance between direct and indirect lighting.