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Forum topic by RinnyTin posted 12-21-2016 04:26 PM 708 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RinnyTin

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12-21-2016 04:26 PM

I have my shop in our 2-car garage. The table saw is situated close to the door, and feeds into the garage onto my assembly/outfeed table. That way I can cut long pieces with the door open and have plenty of room on both sides of the table. The problem is lighting. When the garage door is open it’s up above the table saw. Has anyone figured out a solution for this? Thanks in advance!


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DirtyMike

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#1 posted 12-21-2016 04:37 PM

I mounted an led shop light to the underside of the garage door. I also wired in an outlet close to where the light would be when the door is open.

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RinnyTin

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#2 posted 12-21-2016 05:00 PM

that is smart.


I mounted an led shop light to the underside of the garage door. I also wired in an outlet close to where the light would be when the door is open.

- DirtyMike


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#3 posted 12-21-2016 06:13 PM

Had this exact same question, Gonna try that.

Thanks

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#4 posted 12-21-2016 06:22 PM

I have the same situation. There are two 4 foot florescent fixtures about 3/4 of the way back from the door. Last weekend I bought some LED tubes to replace the old florescent bulbs, and was pleasantly surprised to find that they are directional, and can be adjusted to change the angle.

Not only are they far brighter than the old ones, but I set one tube in each fixture to shine straight down, and the other one at about a 45º angle outwards. It really fills in nicely over towards the door now.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#5 posted 12-21-2016 06:42 PM

funny was just looking at LEDs, will try the same thing.

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#6 posted 12-21-2016 06:42 PM

What about a goose-neck or adjustable-arm lamp clamped to the saw table or on a movable stand? I have seen such lamps for use on drafting tables and other work tables.

-- Cluttered Shop

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#7 posted 12-21-2016 07:01 PM



funny was just looking at LEDs, will try the same thing.

- RinnyTin

I got them at Home Depot. The brand is Feit Electric, and it says on the box that the direction can be adjusted. I don’t know if that’s a feature of all LED replacements. They were only about $15 apiece, and since they last essentially forever and only consume 17 watts each, they’ll eventually pay for themselves.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#8 posted 12-21-2016 08:22 PM

I just cut holes in my garage door to let the light shine through when it’s open.

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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#9 posted 12-22-2016 05:08 AM

I just got done putting up those inexpensive strip lights across the width of the door on each piece of the door. Came to 8 pieces of 10 feet long each strips. Wired them up and used a magnetic clasp to make the 12 volt connection to a power source in ceiling. When you open the door the connection is made and the lights come on. Close the door lights go off. Took about an hour to set up and install. Sorry I don’t have a picture yet, it was for a friend and it was late when we got done. Called it a day and never thought about a pic. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Lazyman

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#10 posted 12-22-2016 05:43 AM

I’ve used those cheap hooded clamp-on lights with 100 watt equivalent LED bulb clamped the the garage door in a pinch.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 12-22-2016 12:44 PM

Feit makes corn-cob LED lights designed for yard-light fixtures. 3000 lumens, 4000 lumens, etc. (300W equivalent and up). They have a standard medium Edison screw bases. Take the hood off a hooded clamp light and screw one of those puppies in, and you can have a ton of light wherever you need it. Just don’t look directly at the light.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#12 posted 12-22-2016 08:05 PM

I have the same exact situation. I put up L.E.D. lights (4 footers) and I just put my garage door down half way so the lights can shine down.

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#13 posted 12-22-2016 11:09 PM

A 2 car garage is 20’ x 20’. I situated my TS in the middle. Out-feed /assembly table behind the saw and the workbench is 4ft away in front of the TS. so I have about 10ft in front and 10ft behind the blade. More than enough for most situations. The bench, TS, Out-feed table are all on the same plane and level. Wings of the TS are turned into Router tables.

Out-feed table hides a DC system. Planer on the side next to the TS and jointer is at the end of the out-feed table just below the surface. Jointer has 8ft of clearance in front of the cutter-head. I’m in Chicago and I often work in the winter so I had to find a way to make it all work with the overhead door shut…

-- Chris Berwyn, IL

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#14 posted 12-27-2016 05:15 PM

Thank you all for the suggestions!

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#15 posted 12-27-2016 05:53 PM

Reference the LED lighting mounted to the door…...and I ask this out of ignorance, but isn’t the vibration of the door going up and down going to seriously diminish the life fo the bulbs? In the old days, I had the heavy duty bulbs in the sockets in my garage and the ones within a few feet of the door opener really didn’t last well at all….like 6 months and no my opener wasn’t making excess vibration….
Mike

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