Lighting up a garage with no windows
I am looking to light up a garage with no windows. It is horrendously hot here in the summer and I want to be able to work in my garage with the doors closed, with the air-conditioning on. Looking into high CRI lighting so that it is nicer in there with good quality light.
The summer heat issue is totally understandable and it sounds like high CRI lighting is definitely a great solution!
For starters, LED lights emit far less heat than fluorescent and incandescent lamps, so regardless of which LED product you ultimately install, you will certainly be helping to keep your garage cooler, and you'll also be able to double-dip on electricity savings as your air-conditioning unit will not need to work as hard.
For garage lighting installations, our 95 CRI LED shop lights have been some of the most popular. Below is an actual installation from one of our customers, courtesy of Mike Fitzpatrick from Liquid Audio.
The LED shop lights are designed to be hung using the included hanging chains, and plug into any electrical outlet, so these are a great option if you're looking for some highly focused light output without having to perform any wiring work. The daisy-chain capability of these lights may also be an added benefit.
Another option would be our 95 CRI T5 linear fixtures. These fixtures also plug into any electrical outlet and can be daisy chained, but are designed to be mounted directly using the included screw or magnet mounts. In terms of aesthetics and installation, these offer a more slim and compact footprint.
Below is an actual customer photo from one of our customers, courtesy of Jimmy Sig.
Finally, if you have existing fluorescent lamp fixtures, our 95 CRI T8 LED lamps may be the most straightforward and low-cost solution. These lamps can be used to directly replace the 4-ft fluorescent lamps currently in your fixture. You'll see approximately the same quantity of light (brightness) but you'll immediately notice the improvement in the quality of light!
This is a great option if you already have the fixtures, as you won't need to perform any extra installation or rewiring work (unless the fluorescent ballast is not compatible with our lamps), keeping both fixture and labor costs down. The added benefit is that if you already have fluorescent lamps in place, you'll have a rough idea of the light distribution and brightness so you won't need to worry as much about fixture placement and modifications.
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