For someone who uses their garage frequently and for a variety of purposes, the right type of lighting is essential. A garage can be designed to do so much more than just be a safe haven for your automobiles. Storage, work areas and even grilling on cold or rainy days are all things garages are known for. The right types of lights can accent each area giving you the visibility you need to grill the perfect steak, create a woodworking masterpiece or change your car’s oil.
When picking lights for your garage, the following steps can be helpful.
1. Design the layout of the garage. Make sure workbenches or grilling areas are easily defined. This will give you a good idea as to where lights should be placed that will provide you with the best visibility possible.
2. Work with each area and determine what type of light is best suited for the area’s purpose. In most cases, overhead lighting will be adequate. The decision will be in whether to have a light mounted that is flush with the ceiling for headroom or one that hangs down to provide light closer to where you will be working.
3. Know what type of wiring was used in the construction of your home. If you need to run more electrical wire, you should call an electrician to help you lay out the diagram and have the wiring properly installed. This ensures your lights will meet construction codes for your area as well as supply sufficient power for the number of type and number of lights you may be adding.
4. If you are choosing fluorescent or bar lighting, you will need to take measurements to make sure they will fit within the area you have set aside for them. The same is true for recessed lights. You will need to make sure there is nothing above the ceiling that will hinder their placement. If so, you will have to adjust your light placement so they will fit without fear of damaging the ceiling or walls.
5. Choose the type of light fixture you want to use. LED and fluorescent bulbs both provide sufficient amounts of light. The key is how to get the light where you want it. Recessed lights and those that mount flush to the ceiling are great for general lighting purposes. If you need direct lighting, however, two of your best options are pendant lights and wall mounts.
Pendant lights can hang directly over an area such as a workbench or grill and can often be hung so they can be raised or lowered as needed. Wall mount lights are effective for areas of a work bench where you must have light as close to the work as possible, but stationary and out of the way.