BECAUSE YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH GOOD LIGHT IN YOUR WORKSPACE
The original garage blueprints included a solitary light fixture for the garage. Even though my vision for the garage wasn't elaborate at that point, I knew one incandescent bulb wasn't going to cut it. We installed four 2-lamp T8 flush mount fluorescent fixtures in a 2 x 2 configuration. More than enough light for an ordinary suburban garage, but this place is far from ordinary.
The predominantly dark floor and grey walls have an adverse affect on the amount of light in the garage. I have always used supplemental light sources when I am detailing, which I will continue to do, but I needed to upgrade the overall lighting situation. I decided to have an electrician install an additional five surface mounted fixtures and buttress them up against the existing four.
Planning the lighting layout presented me with some challenges. The garage rail mounting brackets proved to be the biggest obstacle. I wanted to install the side bank of lights further out towards the walls, but the garage punch-out brackets were in the way. Although my original plan didn't work out, I am pleased with the layout because it is symmetrical, and more importantly, it has flooded previously dim areas of the garage with tons of light. I now have 18 bulbs instead of 8. The difference is substantial.
The fixtures are manufactured by Visioneering which is a brand of the Viscor Group out of Toronto. The units are 2-lamp models of the MNE "Magic Neutron" line of surface mounted fluorescent fixtures. The model number is MNE248-T832N120.
In June of 2020, I switched the 32W Sylvania fluorescent bulbs over to LED's. I picked up 18 GE 6500K "Daylight" units that rate "80" on the colour scale. The light they emit has a very crisp and invigorating tone. These are ideal for the work I perform in the space. Each bulb is rated at 1800 Lumens which is very bright compared to the old school Sylvania bulbs. I feel silly for waiting so long to make this easy and economical upgrade.
LED Pot Lights
In the process of installing a new garage door opener in June of 2020, power needed to be run through the attic space above the front portion of the garage ceiling. This provided me with an opportunity to install four flush-mount LED pot lights in the space just inside the car door. These four powerful 5000K bulbs operate off a switch located beneath the Liftmaster 8500W opener unit. This lighting is practical and it also adds a nice ambiance to the space. Here is a video that illustrates some of the challenges we faced while making the installation of these lights possible.
If you have any questions or comments regarding my garage's lighting, feel free to contact me