Tips for Achieving Better Garage Lighting
These days, garages have become an extension of our main living spaces. Garages not only provide shelter from outdoor elements, but they can also be turned into incredibly functional and productive spaces – so long as you can see, that is. So, what is the best way to achieve better garage lighting? They’re not exactly known for being the brightest work spaces, and it is for this reason that they can cause frustrations when used. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can light up this space so that it will not only function better, you’ll just want to spend more time in it!
When it comes to achieving better garage lighting, there are a few key elements that you’ll want to keep in mind as you design and install. We’ve put together some great tips to help you better illuminate your space to make it your own while improving its overall quality.
Before you jump into your garage lighting redesign, you want to first consider the space’s general lighting situation. For most, it probably looks pretty cave-like with dark, shadowy corners and a minimal overhead light source. Garages aren’t usually designed to be well-lit, nor are they built to function as real work spaces. They’re original intent is simply to shelter. But, you can change this with some new overhead fixtures and LEDs. These lights are specifically designed to distribute even amounts of high (or low, if that is your preference) intensity light in cost and energy efficient ways. Start by placing fixtures toward the center of your garage ceiling, and work your way out, as your lighting needs become more apparent.
If you don’t want to replace the lighting fixtures that you already have in your garage, you can at least go ahead and switch out your fluorescent bulbs for LED bulbs. LED lights last a long time, with a lifespan of up to 20 or 30 years. They’re great in garages, specifically, because you won’t have to keep climbing a ladder to change them when the go out, leaving you in a cold, dark space.
Now that you’ve assessed your space and opted for LEDs, you’ll want to first focus on lighting the entryway to your garage space. Eliminate the frustrations of fumbling around for keys and grocery bags in the dark, and consider installing motion sensor LED lights. This way, anytime someone or something (i.e. your car) enters the space, it automatically lights up, and when the space is not being used, they will automatically turn off.
If you’re like most people, you probably have some storage cabinets or containers in your garage. And, we’re going to bet that when you go out to look through those storage spaces you need light. Well, that’s easy enough to do! Illuminate cabinets and shelves with LED light tape. Tape lights are an excellent way to keep small, dark spaces lit and are easy to install with their adhesive backing. They provide a strong source of lighting and can be placed just about anywhere.
The Work Space
Garages can be turned into great work spaces. Whether you’re into crafting, working on old cars or maybe building furniture, they’re the perfect getaway from your main living space, so make the most of it. Obviously, in order to work more efficiently in these spaces, you’ll need them to be well lit, so in addition to your LED overhead lighting, add under cabinet LED strips, light bars or even lamps to brighten things up. The versatility and possibilities that LEDs provide are endless!
Remember, your garage should be a reflection of you, just as your home is. Forget about those dark, musty spaces where light goes to die. Kick things up a notch, and create a bright, welcoming space that you will appreciate. Contact us to get started today.