How to Install Fluorescent Garage Lighting

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  • 1-3 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-300
What You'll Need
Rubber handled screwdriver
Rubber handled pliers
Fluorescent lighting fixture and the fluorescent tubes to go with it
Dry wall anchor bolts
Plastic electrical conduit pipe
Insulation tape

Adequate fluorescent lighting in the garage is imperative for anyone who uses their garage to putter around in for any reason. A dimly lit garage makes it impossible to do the task at hand with any accuracy. There is a variety of fluorescent garage lighting on the market and it is advisable to purchase the best you can afford. The better the fittings, the higher the number. T8 is the best suited for long life in a garage.

Step 1 – Kill the Power

Turn off the electricity at the main breakers and put a notice on the box not to turn it back on. This should remain there until you have completed the task. Make sure it is big, bold and un-missable.

Step 2 – Removing the Old Fittings

Once you are ready to start, the first step to installing fluorescent garage lighting is to remove the old fittings and organize where the new fluorescent garage lighting is going to be placed. Remove the globe from the old fitting and unscrew the fitting from the position on the ceiling. Detach the wiring from the old fitting.

Step 3 – Installing the Fluorescent Garage Lighting Fitting

You need to use the drywall anchor bolts to hold the fluorescent garage lighting in position. Once you have decided where you want to position it, extended the wiring from its old position to the new. To do this, run it through the electrical plastic conduit to protect it. Use well-insulated connectors to safeguard any joins. Ceramic connectors tend to do the best job.

Step 4 – Drill and Position

Once in the correct position for the light fitting to be attached, drill a hole through the ceiling to draw the wires through. Insulate this area by running the wire through an electrical plastic bushing of the correct size. With the fitting on hand, make marks on the ceiling as to where you need to screw it into position. Make sure there are adequate beams to attach the fitting to. Should you find no beams, your drywall anchor bolts will do the job.

Step 5 – Attaching the Wires

Always remember green goes to green. It should be your grounding wire. However, it is always safest to use a tester. Circuit testers are not that expensive and anyone that is going to do any electricity sort of work should invest in one. The metal-tipped probe could save you or your loved ones', life. If in any doubt about the wiring colors make sure with an electrical contractor. Once you have attached to right wires together using connectors (black to black, white to white and green to the green, screw on the fitting,) you can now attach the fitting to the ceiling.

Step 6 – Install the Fluorescent Tubes

Slot the fluorescent tubes into place and put the cover on the fixture, turn the electricity back on, and you're done.