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Old 11-14-2008, 09:32 AM   #1
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I have a 26x28 garage that I am in the process of finishing. Can anyone steer me in the right direction for the lighting. I attached a pdf of the lighting setup I came up with. If anyone has any input it is greatly appreciated. What I am looking for is if this is to little or to much light and information on what type of light to use or can you use a H.O. bulb in a regular flourecent fixture. Also what is a t-... bulb
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I would go with 8' 2 bulb lights will give very good lighting. I use 4 each 8' 2 bulb in my 24X32' garage and was very pleased.

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Bottom line is that there is no such thing as too much lighting in a garage....
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Bottom line is that there is no such thing as too much lighting in a garage....
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HO lamps require HO ballast/tombstones.

I would use 8' 2 lamp strips. More available = less expensive.

T 12 lamps are the ond style tubes that have been around forever.

T 8's are the next generation that use electronic ballast and are about 1/2 the diameter.

T 5's are newer and smaller.


T = tube and the number = ???? diameter in....... centimeters???


No such thing as too much light in a garage. Place them where you need them. If you work on cars you want the light to be in front of the hood so it doesn't get blocked and you want it directly over your workstations/benches.
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No such thing as too much light in a garage. Place them where you need them. If you work on cars you want the light to be in front of the hood so it doesn't get blocked and you want it directly over your workstations/benches.
Plus if you put in enough then you don't have to worry so much about casting a shadow on your work. That's the part I hate.
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T = tube and the number = ???? diameter in....... centimeters???
In eights of an inch. T-12 = 12/8 = 1.5 inch, T-8 = 8/8 = 1 inch.

And, x eleventy billion on no such thing as too much light.
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If you are in a cold climate and your garage won't be heated, don't forget to get cold weather ballasts for the lights.
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My work shop ( Garage ) Is the same size as yours what I did was install six four bulb high output 8' fluorescent fixtures in the ceiling, The fixtures have two ballasts that I wired on different switches for each light. so when I turn on one switch two bulbs from each light will turn on. when I turn the other switch the two remaining lights will turn on And man you have excellent light to work under.. BOB
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Thank for all of the advise. I will post when I install my lights to let you guys know how it turned out
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my garage is 30x60 and I put in 6 of these troffers: http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...esc&lpage=none per bay. I have 3 bays, so a total 18 of these things. They are flush with the ceiling as well. I put each bay on it's own switch and there is plenty of light with them. A little pricey at 50 bucks a piece, but my joists are on 16" centers so I couldn't get the one that holds 4 bulbs each.

Also what I did is to put some canned lights above my work bench so that when you are working there you can have direct light over the bench...helps a ton.

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WHICH SET UP DO THE DIY'RS PREFER?
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ps. I would attach the image so you did not have to open it but I am not sure how.
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Chatterbass.,

Go with 8ftT12HO they are common and easy to find instead of 72inchers { 6 footer } they are more harder to find and cost more.

Majorty of the HO ballast are designed to work in -20°F tempture range.,,, However a gotacha is the bulb wattage if used wattmiser or engery saver bulb they will only lit up low as 40°F.

In my garage/ workshop I have mixed bag of Flourscent and MH luminaires in there the flourscent luminaire are above workbench area and one near the main entrance door the rest are on big 400 watt low bay luminaires.
( have 15˝ ft ceiling )

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[quote=chatterbass;187290]WHICH SET UP DO THE DIY'RS PREFER?
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That's how mine is laid out. each ballast is on a separate switch. 2 switches per light controlling 6 lights. I'm very pleased with the amount of light I have. BOB

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