There are many very important factors that are considered when putting up a work space. When you put up your working area, you need to consider how big the area you want to have should be, the type of furniture you want to use, the style of the room, the arrangement and many more. However, one of the most important of these considerations is the lighting.
Usually a work space needs adequate lighting, meaning the amount of the lighting must be proportional with the size of the room. Hence, most work spaces are installed with fluorescent lamps. Since fluorescent lamps are the common thing for work spaces, it also comes down to which fluorescent light fixtures are the most appropriate to use.
There are varied sizes of these fluorescent fixtures to choose from. And among these, you can find the best shop lights for your work space or shop, or even on your own garage.
One popular light fixture is the Lithonia Lighting 1284GRD RE 4-Light Heavy Duty Shop light.
Features and Specifications
The Lithonia Lighting 1284GRD RE 4-Light Heavy Duty Shop light is the type of shop light that is ideal for wide spaces while striving for minimal expenses. The 48.2 x 12 x 4 inches dimension supports 4 linear fluorescent lamps with a capacity of 32 W and the entire fixture sports a 120 volts capacity.
The material used for the said fluorescent light fixture is made out of choice metal with a gray finish. With its 14.7 pounds weight, it can be hanged through 2 ‘S’ hooks and 2 hanging chains.
The Lithonia Lighting 1284GRD RE 4-Light Heavy Duty Shop light has passed the standards of Energy Star and has earned a certification. This certification signifies that the Lithonia Lighting 1284GRD RE 4-Light Heavy Duty Shop light is indeed apt if you want to save energy and electricity consumption as compared to the standard ones sold in markets.
For protection of the fluorescent bulbs, the light fixture is affixed with a detachable wire guard. The wire guard can be easily detached without having to use screw drivers and other tools. However, it does not mean that the bulbs will fall freely because these wire guards, albeit detachable, snap in place when used due to the built-in hold-on clips but the danger is still there so if you want, you can buy additional hold-on clips.
There is a 12 inch reflector which can be used to even out and spread wider the light from the fluorescent bulbs. Also, the light fixture has a 5 ft. power cord with a 3-pronged plug which is ideal for far outlets, and a grounded power outlet with a 5A maximum. It also comes with an alternative pull chain power switch in each lamp for those who prefer chain switches than the conventional wall switches. These pull chain switches can also convenient for those who want to adjust their lighting into dimmer or brighter, depending on the preference, through pulling the chains on each lamp to turn them on/off.
When you buy the Lithonia Lighting 1284GRD RE 4-Light Heavy Duty Shop light you will get easy and hassle free installation thanks to its grounded power outlet at the other edge from the plug. With the grounded outlet, you will not have to worry about where to plug the other lights, if you happen to buy more than one. All you need to do is plug your first Lithonia Lighting 1284GRD RE 4-Light Heavy Duty Shop light to a switched outlet and just plug the remaining ones on the grounded outlet found on one another.
If you do not want to hang your light fixture, you can just attach it to your ceiling. This is great for those work spaces that do not have high ceilings. Or to make things more creative, you can attach the fixture to the wall to give the room a side ward illumination instead of the conventional vertical manner.
With the 4 light bulbs you will get excellent lighting and the with the separate pull chain switches for each lamp, you can easily choose to turn on/off one or more of the lamps to lessen the lighting. This is perfect for those who want a dimmer lighting environment but doesn’t want to remove and reinstall lamps over and over.
The light fixture comes with a 12 inch reflector which helps in spreading light. However, the spread of the light is downward and side ward. Because the reflector is tilted at 45 degrees, the side most areas higher than the reflector and the ceiling near or above the fixture itself receives minimal light.
The reflectors are also painted semi metallic gray so compared to white reflectors, the gray ones reflect less light. If you want to have better reflection, you can either cover the reflectors with aluminum foil or something brighter than the original color and reflects better as well, or repaint the reflectors with white paint. Most who experience this inconvenience opt to paint the reflectors instead of covering to make things more long-lasting.
Also, for a heavy duty shop light, the metal material is a little bit thin and could be thicker. Further, since the wide guards are detachable, there is a tendency that they may fall of. If you want to make them more secure, you will have to buy extra hold-on clips or other tools for support.
The Lithonia Lighting 1284GRD RE 4-Light Heavy Duty Shop light is a good light fixture. Its best asset being able to support 4 32 W fluorescent lamp and the grounded outlet which makes it easy to install. However, just like everything else, when you buy a Lithonia Lighting 1284GRD RE 4-Light Heavy Duty Shop light, you must carefully consider the pros and cons it has. Weigh in which is greater between the two. Also, make sure that the product can really provide whatever it is you are looking for in any light fixture.
If you think that the Lithonia Lighting 1284GRD RE 4-Light Heavy Duty Shop light can provide all the things you need in a shop light fixture, then, purchase one.