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Old 12-04-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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Need advice on riwiring and adding shop lights to my small garage

I have a small garage (14x30) with crude lighting. I want to install 4 florescent shop lights (T8 4 foot) along with some new recepticals. I want the lights to be controlled by two switches near the door. One switch should turn on the back two shoplights and the other switch would turn on the front 2 lights near the garage door. I planned to put the lights along with 4-5 recepticals on the same 20A circuit. I've included a very crude diagram of the garage.

What is the best route for my to hook all of this together? I was going to come out of my breaker box into a nearby receptical, then across the floor joists into a ceiling receptical (for garage door). But what would be the most efficient route after that?
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:38 PM   #2
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I would advise two circuits, one for lights and the other for the receptacles.

Your receptacles, including the opener receptacle, will require GFI protection.

Route the wiring however it makes sense.


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Old 12-04-2012, 06:54 PM   #3
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Just offering from own experience in previous house where I installed four 4' T-8 strips in same manner you propose. My garage was 12x23 and it was just barely enough light. I would consider two more strips. If you're working on a car or have a work bench along back wall, mount those two perpendicular to the others at back of garage.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:09 PM   #4
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By efficient, I assume you mean least amount of wiring?

Blue is the light circuit, dark red the outlets. I agree with silversport, you can never have enough lighting in a garage.

Also, it's a good idea to put the garage door opener on a switched circuit.
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