It's usually a good idea to add better lighting to a garage that is used to do woodwork, mechanic work or other related jobs. Discover how to use fluorescent fixtures in a garage with help from a home remodeling specialist in this free video on garage lighting.
Hi, I'm Tim Gipson. I'm going to talk to you about garage lighting solutions. And typically in a garage, you'll find couple of lights that are mounted on the ceiling and usually there's your incandescent. Now if you do a lot of work in your garage, let's just have a wood shop or work on motorcycles or work on engines or where you do some mechanic work, it's usually a good idea to add some more light so you can have adequate light in the garage. A great way to achieve that is using fluorescent fixtures and it also will save you quite a bit of money to use fluorescent fixtures. Now in just your regular outlets, you can use compact fluorescents. Compact fluorescents essentially are a wound fluorescent light that has a ballast built into it and screws in any light socket. And you can get a very bright light source or a lot of lumens, as it's measure in with the cost of a very low wattage bulb. So in other words, you can achieve a hundred watts worth of light with only a twenty five watt energy expenditure. To supplement garage light you can also use clip on light such as this. So if you're doing work in a certain area, these are nice 'cause they will clip on any surface and then you can adjust them at a, any way you want to. In this case you can use regular incandescent flood lamps or this too, is a specially designed compact fluorescent flood lamp. So again it puts out a very hot wattage, but the energy consumption is relatively low. In case this one, you're getting a PAR 38 lamp that only consumes 26 watts but it will pull out, put out the same equivalent light as a 150 watt light bulb; so a significant savings on your energy. Couple of other things we can do is you can also tie in strip light, fluorescent light fixtures. These type of shop fixtures are excellent for where you need a lot of extra light in your garage. And again, because of the low wattage that is consumed by these and typically they're anywhere from 32 to 40 watts per bulb, then you can run this in and out of extensions in your existing light outlet. Now whenever you do this typically these are grounded devices; which means they have a, a power line, a ground or a neutral line; then they also have a ground. So you'll actually have a three prong plug in. So what you'll need to do is most of the adapters that tie into light circuits only have a two prong attachment like you would find in a typical extension cord. So you've got to make sure that you ground that. The light fixtures itself would have a grounding wire in it, so you would need to go up, tie an extension off the grounding wire and tie it into the adapter to make sure that these fixtures are properly grounded. So I'm Tim Gipson and that's some solutions for lighting your garage.
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