The best shop lights for a garage will be determined by what kind of activity will be performed there. For example, if the garage is simply going to be used to park cars when they are not in use a simple ballast with fluorescent bulbs will work nicely. Today, people are always trying to better utilize the space they have available, especially when it is a large open area such as a garage or large patio. Having the right lighting is important whether you are hosting an outdoor party, fixing the family car or working on a weekend home improvement project.
Recessed lightning is a valuable addition to any work area, especially when space is of the essence. A recessed light fixture is not hard to install and can be completed in a relatively short amount of time if the person knows how to put the fixture and attach the wiring. Recessed light fixtures can be placed in the ceiling or in the wall depending on where the wiring is.
Wall Mounted Lights
Some of the best shop lights are those that are mounted on the wall. While they take up a minimal amount of space, they are closer to the area where a person will actually be working. If attached to a dimmer switch, they can be dimmed down to create a subtle path for moving through the shop without having to have all of the overhead lights on. A wall mounted fixture is easily installed anywhere light is needed.
Fluorescent likes shine light in all directions and work for overhead and general lighting purposes. They will illuminate a large area when placed in the center of a room. One of the most convenient aspects of fluorescent lighting is the large variety of sizes and shapes of fixtures. From small fixtures that fit underneath a cabinet to long ballasts that fit well with the needs of commercial warehouses, fluorescent lights can be used in almost every setting and decor.
Energy efficient, fluorescent bulbs have almost completely replaced incandescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs waste energy, burn out after only a few hundred hours and produce lower quality light than fluorescent or LED bulbs. Incandescent bulbs are also harder on the environment than, newer, more energy efficient bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs last well over 10,000 hours and are made using materials that safer for the environment.
LED lights offer bright, white light that can be directed to wherever it is needed. An LED bulb will fit in almost any type of fixture and produces more light per watt than any other type of bulb. When it comes to energy efficiency, an LED far surpasses other types of light bulbs. They do not produce heat like incandescent bulbs and lasts several thousand hours longer than average fluorescent bulbs. LED bulbs waste very little energy and can provide light for a variety of different activities.
When choosing shop lights, it’s important to remember where the light fixture will be going and what type of activity it will be providing light for. A large fluorescent ballast will not fit into small spaces, while a smaller fixture will not produce enough light to sufficiently illuminate a large garage or working area. Garages and workshops that are designed for a specific purpose, require different types of lighting. They also require that the lights be placed according to their need.
There are several different types of fixtures available. Decorative fixtures can be used for external lighting fixtures. In garages and workshops heavy duty lights are often the best choices. They can withstand being bumped or hit and still continue to provide the best lighting possible. Some homeowners have no intentions of working on their cars or building a piece of furniture. Under those circumstances, simple light fixtures will suffice.
It’s important to remember that the best shop lights are those that fit the purpose for which they were intended. Small, direct lights for intricate jobs and generalized, overhead lights each have their purpose. When designing a garage or shop, it is important to keep in mind what types of lights will produce the best results as well as fit the style and look of the area.