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Old 01-18-2010, 08:25 PM   #1
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How many flourescent lights in 16' x 24' workshop?


I'm building a 16' x 24' workshop/woodshop and would like to know if there's some formula for lighting. I have 4, 2'x4' flourescent lights with diffusers ... is it enough? What configuration would get the most coverage? Thanks

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Four??? I don't think so.

Sure, you'll see and not walk into things, but you will NOT see well.

You can go here and use their lighting calculator. You have to register, but it's free. http://products.simkar.com/prd-info/...d=212&catid=34

Really off the cuff, for effective shop lighting for a working environment, I would say nine lights.

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I have a 24x30 workshop. General lighting is provided by six 4' two bulb flourescent fixures. A corner work bench gets another same light fixture directly overhead, as does a assembly bench floating in the room. Also there are two reeled worklights that hang from the ceiling - ready to be pulled down and put direct light where needed.
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I will say minuim of 8 but more ideal is 10 luminaires all it depending on how fine the task work it will be and the way the shop layout sometime it will affect the location of luminaires.

Get 4 lamp T-8 with electronic ballast or even better if want serious light power go with T-5 !!

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Old 01-18-2010, 11:17 PM   #5
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I'd recommend reading the book "Setting Up Shop" - it has good discussions on workshop electrical needs in terms of lighting and outlets and planning for future machines. Your library might have a copy or check any of the usual sources to buy one. Robert
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