|Forum topic by gtbuzz||posted 01-12-2014 05:05 PM||800 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
01-12-2014 05:05 PM
I’m in desperate need of upgrading my shop lighting. I’m setup in a 20×20 garage with 9’ ceilings. The right half is completely dedicated to the shop area, and fortunately my girlfriend’s car is pretty short, so I actually occupy about 1/4 of the other bay too. Also good is that if I’ve got a bigger project and need a little more space, she’s okay with parking outside for a few days while I use that space, so I do want to light up pretty much the whole garage.
Currently, the lighting situation in there is very poor. I often wear a head lamp, especially at the lathe, to help things out. There are two garage door openers with 3 60 watt CFLs and the ceiling has two socket style light fixtures about 6’ from the front wall. In the picture below, the yellow light bulbs are the ceiling mounted ones and the clear ones are the ones in the garage door opener.
I recently tried replacing the 23 watt cfls in the ceiling sockets with 65 watt (300 watt incandescent equiv) and it did make a pretty big difference, however, it really only covered the front portion of the garage and the color is a soft yellow; I’d much rather have something in the 6500K (daylight range). As it is, I’ve got to install some additional lighting near the opposite end of the shop anyway, so instead of using these giant CFL’s I’m really thinking about going towards 4 pairs of T5HO lights instead since they will put off a lot more light and I can get them in the 6500K range. Arrangement would be something like this:
Note that the location of the two on the bottom are constrained by a large floor joist – I can’t move them any closer to the center. Should be okay though, since it ought to provide a lot of lighting over the table saw. I also, plan on keeping all the lights in the garage door openers, however I’ll probably replace them with daylight spiral CFLs to get some uniform color.Questions I have are:
I’m open to other suggestions anyone may have. Thanks in advance.