3 Garage Lighting Installation Tips
If you want to install garage lighting in your home, you may be interested in finding out the best way to install the garage lighting fixtures.
There are a number of areas of the garage into which you can fit your lights, but you will need to be careful of wires and cables, as the main electricity box of the house is likely to be located in or near the garage. Installing garage lighting fixtures can be an easy job, and if you are opting for the simple plug-in options, then you should be able to fit this yourself with the assistance of a step-ladder.
You may need to seek professional help in deciding where the garage lighting fixtures should go in order to avoid all of the utility cables, but once this is decided you are free to get on with the job yourself.
1. Find the Right Lighting
There are so many different types of lighting available to the user that you should be able to find fixtures that are suited to your needs. For example, you may want to fit a series of strip lights into the garage over workbenches, or perhaps over the tool cupboard, in order to help you find things there, or to do some home improvement work. If you simply want somewhere to park the car out of the rain, then you might be better off with a single canopy light, which can be fitted outside and will illuminate the driveway and garage doors.
2. Avoid Utility Pipes
The walls of the garage conceal a great deal of pipes and plumbing, which then travel to all the other parts of the house, including parts which are above the garage. This means that the ceiling of the garage is possibly not the best place to install screws and wires. You may instead consider fitting the lights to the outside edge of the garage, where there is likely to be fewer cables. You can also get a professional plumber to scan the walls to show you exactly where all the utility pipes and so on are, but this can be expensive, and you may end up more limited in where you can put things than you thought.
3. Screw in Tightly
When you have fitted your lights, take care to ensure that they are screwed in tightly to the ceiling or walls. It is an easy mistake to leave the screws only partially tightened. The lights can then work themselves loose over time, and you could end up with a live, wired light swinging at your head, or falling onto your car at night. You should insert screw plugs into the walls before you begin in order to give the screws something to cling to, and so that you can ensure against accidents such as loose lighting happening in your garage.