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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Jun 18th, 19, 1:07 PM Thread Starter
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My 2 car garage needs help in the lighting department. i like LED's so there is really no talking me down on those, but what kind of fixtures? LED tube fixtures like the florescent tube type? Anybody put fixtures high on the wall instead of on the ceiling?
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Re: garage lighting

I hung 2 of these above my work bench, and was so impressed, I went back to the store and bought 8 more to replace all the lights in my shop.

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I removed 4 8ft florescent single tube fixtures and replaced them with 8 4ft LED twin bulb fixtures. Aint never going back.
The downside is slow/no start below 0 deg. Of course, fluorescent is lame at those temps too.

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I hung 2 of these above my work bench, and was so impressed, I went back to the store and bought 8 more to replace all the lights in my shop.

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Do you have pull chains on all of them? Or are they hard wired in with a switch. Ive had a cheaper pull string light in a laundry area and not too long later the pull string chain breaks inside the unit. I've since wired it to an added wall switch. Also, Some of those white lights are too bright. Hurts your eyes if not expected when you turn them on.
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Do you have pull chains on all of them? Or are they hard wired in with a switch. Ive had a cheaper pull string light in a laundry area and not too long later the pull string chain breaks inside the unit. I've since wired it to an added wall switch. Also, Some of those white lights are too bright. Hurts your eyes if not expected when you turn them on.
They're on a switch.

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Dan,
Go over to the Garage Journal site and check out the "Lighting and electrical" forum. Enough info there to keep you going for a month Make sure and look at the very first sticky post. The guy who started it does lighting layout design for a living. Tons of great info.


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I bought 2 2 tube LED 4' long with 3 light settings low, med & high with a pull chain from Sams Club for $25.99 or $29.99 ea., put them on low and plenty of light to walk around, med or high when working on something made by Honeywell


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If you go LED, avoid anything above 4,100K in color at all costs. Those so-called 'daylight' colors are annoying and too harsh. The best color for your lighting is from 3,500K to 4,100K.
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My garaged had two 48" two-bulb flourescent tube fixtures... I think the balast was starting to go bad on one, so I decided to go with the Feit 48" two-bulb LED shop light, from Costco.

They were on sale for a super low price ($12-$15 each?), so I picked up a pair. I hardwired then into the garage wiring, so they are on the same switch as the old lights were...

But then I added two more lights; one by the workbench and another over by the "Chevelle" stuff... Those two additional are just plugged into the first two, so they are all controlled by the same switch. But I keep the additional two turned off (via a pull chain), except when I need the extra light for working...

Overall, much nice that before, especially with the 4 sets on...

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[QUOTE=1966_L78;11096878]My garaged had two 48" two-bulb flourescent tube fixtures... I think the balast was starting to go bad on one, so I decided to go with the Feit 48" two-bulb LED shop light, from Costco.

They were on sale for a super low price ($12-$15 each?), so I picked up a pair. I hardwired then into the garage wiring, so they are on the same switch as the old lights were...

But then I added two more lights; one by the workbench and another over by the "Chevelle" stuff... Those two additional are just plugged into the first two, so they are all controlled by the same switch. But I keep the additional two turned off (via a pull chain), except when I need the extra light for working...

Overall, much nice that before, especially with the 4 sets on...

That's exactly what I did and having the pull chains to isolate the light is very cost effective as well. Mine were from amazon for $29. Bought 12 and should have done it way back when.

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If you go LED, avoid anything above 4,100K in color at all costs. Those so-called 'daylight' colors are annoying and too harsh. The best color for your lighting is from 3,500K to 4,100K.
I'm with you on that one. I put LED's in everything i can, and i always check the color. 4,000K is max, after that, i think they look horrible. 6500K makes my head hurt and i want to throw up.


Is it silly to think i can position lights to have a decent amount of light in the engine compartment with the hood up?
I have yet to totally accessorize my garage with cordreels and all that fun stuff.
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2 of my lights are mounted just above the garage door, so I get light into the eng compt . The pull chain just clears the door and this is an 8'ceiling and 7' door. Of course the door has to be down to get the light to the engine. Works well. Seldom need the trouble light.

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My 2 car garage needs help in the lighting department. i like LED's so there is really no talking me down on those, but what kind of fixtures? LED tube fixtures like the florescent tube type? Anybody put fixtures high on the wall instead of on the ceiling?
I used these in my shop.

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Re: garage lighting

Ok so here is a general question. I. A standard two car 21 x 23 garage how many two light fixtures would you use? 4 maybe 6? Or would 6 be light overkill? Right now I have two double tube Florescents and a single bulb standard florescent about 4 ft from the bank k wall where most of the storage is. It lights up that area ok. But when two cars are in the garage the rest is very poorly lit. Would like to redo the entire garage but start with the ligbting.
Also what about wiring them to two separate adjacent switches? There are plenty of times I go into the garage for a minute or two and would only need the back set on
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Re: garage lighting

I just bought one of these for over my bench.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Lithonia...I-BL/300951323

I have 3 LED can lights + 2 led light bulbs in the garage door opener + the above mentioned soon to be installed work light in my almost 800 sqft garage. I would swap the florescent lamps for the equivalent led lamps in your current fixtures. A small wiring change to bypass the ballast is required. Its a lot cheaper than buying new fixtures.

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