garage and workshop lighting

Old 11-24-04, 03:23 PM
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Cool garage and workshop lighting

what type lighting in comb. workshop and garage. will run 60amp line to garage from house. southern part of US. unheated and need lots of light.
Old 11-24-04, 09:22 PM
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I'd go for T-8 fluorescents with electronic ballasts, either 4 foot or 8 foot. Electronic ballasts will start down to 0 degrees F (some lower), where standard magnetic ballasts start getting flakey at 50 degrees or so.

One watt per square foot of area is a good starting point - it's the figure we usually use for offices. If your garage is 400 square feet and you are using 4 foot (32 watt) lamps, you might consider six 4' 2 lamp fixtures, or three 8' 2 lamp fixtures.

If the garage has dark walls and an open rafter area, you will want to add a few (2?) more. If it's all white with an 8 foot ceiling and a light colored floor, you might be able to get by with fewer.

Some would call this overkill for a garage, but the older I get, the more light I seem to need....

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