This article will give you the basics to sketch the layout of your garage workshop lighting plan. If you have never made sketches like this, you should be equipped to make one that will be usable for your purposes, and at the end of the article are additional tools that you can utilize if you want to go further.
First, you will need to make some basic decisions about your space.
1. Assess your purpose. What will you be doing in the space:
2. Will you have a workbench or tools? Storage?
3. Will you need lighting for parking, is it part of automatic fixtures?
4. Will you need to do wiring – who will do it if not you? Are permits needed?
5. Color of garage, are walls finished, are there fixtures on walls that need to be lit?
Sketching your space
You will need graph paper (common is ¼ “ equals 1 foot), pencil and eraser, and a mechanical tape measure. Start by the front garage doors, and measure the perimeter of the garage, keeping to the proportion of the paper, marking where the windows and the garage doors, as well as any regular doors or other openings are. Mark the space is that is taken up by cars, cabinets in the space, workbenches already present or planned, etc., using a rectangular shape to represent these shapes in proportion to the size they represent in the space.
You are ready to add in lighting needed. Overlay the lighting on this plan, using a red color pencil so it stands out. Do your research about the intensity and output of various fixtures to know how far apart they need to be in order to give you the light you want.
Garage Workshop Lighting choices
The type of lighting you use will affect how far apart you place your fixtures, in terms of the intensity of the light or direction of the light. By example, fluorescent lamps would be placed closer than LED fixtures, as the light they emit is not as bright. Check websites or stores for applicable distances.
Designate your workshop lighting fixtures on the diagram by proportion, such as a ¼:1 where 4 blocks equals a 4′ fluorescent fixture. You can diagram using circles on lines for track lighting and circles or squares for incandescent fixtures.
This plan will help you track how many fixtures you need when you shop, as well as your wiring and outlet needs, for your own installation or for an electrician, will help you with permits in your town, and with zoning your electric for hooking up to the circuit box.
Fixtures can be placed along the area people exit the cars, for safety, and then fixtures are placed by specific needs, regarding work to be done, storage, etc. Outlets, their height, and light switches should also be noted.
Within a half day, you’ve mapped out your project and are ready to proceed!