Garage Lighting Ideas

The Best Garage Lighting Ideas

The best garage lighting ideas are designed to make a space livelier. You will get light while making your garage look more like a model home. Yet, if you are new to garage design, you may not know what type of lighting options are available. Such knowledge is critical if you want to achieve the most appropriate design for your space.

If your garage is designed like a workshop, you may want to take advantage of movable lighting options. Clip on lighting is an example. It is designed like a lamp, but it can be “clipped” onto a desk, similar to the portable clip-on lights people use to read books. The only downside is their lighting is limited to just that area. For more expansive lighting, consider using a fluorescent fixture. Consisting of an elongated structure, florescent lights have the ability to illuminate larger areas. They can also be very attractive, depending on which design you choose. Be aware, however, that fluorescent lights work best in spaces with a contemporary design. If your workshop is next to an old-fashioned sitting room, the lights may look out of place.

Speaking of sitting rooms, you can use recessed lighting to achieve a more spectacular style. Shaped like a circle, these lights are usually affixed within the ceiling. In addition, they are usually distributed in a set. This means a typical design would probably have at least 12 lights, with 6 on each side. The downside is that the installation might be difficult for beginning handymen. This is because the lights have to be “indented” into the ceiling.

With that said, if you want powerful lighting fixtures with no installation, you will want to think about using a combination of clip on lights and floor lamps. The clip on lights will give you more direct illumination while you work on your projects, but the floor lamps will light up the rest of your garage…even if you use just one. Yet, know that if you go this route your illumination will not be as powerful as the options mentioned above. Even the best floor lamps are limited with the amount of surface area they can light.

Finally, regardless of which lighting idea you use, there is the option of applying a motion sensor. These fixtures are incredibly easy to install, as all you have to do is plug the device into the wall. From there, it will turn on lights based on motion and/or sound. The Clapper is the most famous example. If you were to install this in your garage, all of your lights would come on just by you clapping your hands.

In conclusion, when it comes to garage lighting ideas, you have to think about looks, price and your ability to implement the lighting system. If you do not have the resources to install recessed or fluorescent lights, you may want to stick with floor lamps and clip ons, as they require no setup. Conversely, if you are interesting in making your garage look like the ones you see in model homes, you will want to go the extra mile and consider the more advanced options.

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