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Old 12-15-2010, 09:09 AM   #1
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Hello,

I need some more light in the garage to work on my project car. I have 4 spare 4 foot flourescent lighting fixtures I'd like to mount. They have 5 feet cords on them with plugs.

How do I go about wiring the garage for them? I currently have 2 lights in the garage, 1 bulb and 1 flourescent that plugs into the bulb socket fixture. I'd like to mount these 4 lights but I suppose I need to run new wiring to the breaker panel and mount electrical boxes on the ceiling. I think I could probably use one electrical box for 2 lights since they have 5 foot extensions, but I'm not sure yet.

Can the wiring be secured to the drywall on the ceiling or does it have to be internal?

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If it were my garage, I would add outlets to the ceiling, into which I would plug the new light fixtures. I would supply the new outlet's power from the existing bulb socket fixture. I assume external wiring would be acceptable, but I would run it behind the wall surface if practical to do so. If not, then I would use conduit attached to the wall surface.

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Check out Wiremold surface-mounting products. Looks a little nicer than normal conduit.
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I'm more mechanical than attractive minded. Both of these ideas are OK, but before you load up an existing lighting circuit you need to identify how much power is available. Do you know which fuse -or breaker- powers the lights in your garage? Are there any wall outlets wired into your lighting circuit? Turn off the breaker -or remove the fuse- and see what all goes dead. Each 4 foot flourescent fixture consumes 85-100 watts. If all the lights work off of one switch you need the total wattage passing that switch and you need the appropriately sized fuse or breaker. Personally, I'm looking at replacing the 18 flourescent tubes in my garage -9 twin tube fixtures- with LED tubes and removing the ballasts permanently. Right now one or two tubes will fire in 0 degree weather and though the others won't light due to cold and/or humidity the ballasts are still gobbling power. Nine fixtures working correctly will draw 900 watts. Nine LED fixtures working correctly will draw 270 watts.
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but before you load up an existing lighting circuit you need to identify how much power is available.
Grandpa Bud brings up good points. Also check the capacity of the switch, itself, in case that was not clear.
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