When designing a workshop, proper recessed lighting placement will save space as well as energy if the right type of fixture is used. Using a garage or workshop layout planning software can help in determining proper spacing between light fixtures and can often be used when planning a basement or kitchen. Each type of software is different, but most include a calculator to help you determine how many light fixtures and electrical outlets will be needed to provide adequate lighting and service.
Where Should Recessed Lighting Be Used
Recessed lighting can be used anywhere. It is extremely convenient when a person does not want to clutter their workspace with bulky fixtures. In most cases, recessed lighting placement is completely up to the designer as long as the fixture can rest along or close to a brace for support and stability.
If fluorescent bulbs are going to be used, long bar fixtures can be recessed into the ceiling and still provide an abundance of light. This works well when the entire garage (or the majority of it) needs to be lit up. Someone who works on cars or takes on large projects would do well with this type of lighting.
Small recessed fixtures are ideal for interior cabinet lighting, closet lighting or providing light over countertops. Both fluorescent and LED bulbs can be used in smaller fixtures and work equally well depending on the type and amount of light that is desired. When working under cabinets and over countertops, space is of the essence. Small fixtures can be built into the bottom of cabinets to provide ample amounts of light to illuminate practically any task.
Fluorescent or LED
Recessed light fixtures can use incandescent, fluorescent or LED bulbs. Because of the environmental and economic issues involved with incandescent bulbs, most people have stopped using them. In fact, many companies have discontinued the production of incandescent bulbs in exchange for fluorescent bulbs. While this may mean extensive upgrades, the shift away from incandescent bulbs is continuing at a rapid pace.
Fluorescent bulbs are extremely affordable and provide an abundance of light at low to moderate cost. They work well for commercial businesses who rely on cost efficiency and versatility. Large bar assemblies or ballasts of up to 12 feet work exceptionally well in open areas like warehouses or garages. They can be recessed into the ceiling or the steel framework so as not to take up valuable space that may be needed when moving large pieces of machinery.
Smaller ballasts can be used under counters or in cabinets to provide a large volume of light without the creation of heat that normally accompanies incandescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs are energy efficient and can last anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 hours.
LED lights are quickly becoming the favorites of both homeowners and commercial business owners. Not only are the cost effective, they provide light exactly where it is needed without illuminating a large area. An LED directs light to a specific area creating less waste and no heat. The bulbs are cool to the touch and work well in areas where excessive amounts of heat can damage sensitive products.
LED bulbs are also environmentally friendly. They are made without the harmful chemicals and components used in the manufacturing of fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. Each LED light produces direct light without the creation of heat. An incandescent bulb wastes energy because in the creation of the light, large volumes of heat are produced. In the end, more energy is used to produce heat than to produce light. All of the energy an LED bulb uses goes into the creation of light that is directed to a specific location with absolutely no heat loss.
Recessed lighting placement allows a person to save space while still having enough light to accomplish any task they choose to undertake. Recessed fixtures are designed to be able to fit in almost any size area and with the right diagram, can produce an ample amount of light with limited loss of energy. Convenient placement allows for ample light in the areas where it is needed the most without fearing of wasting precious natural resources.