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3 Types of Lighting for Your Garage

An often overlooked interior space when it comes to lighting it up is the garage. Maybe you use it just to store the holiday stuff and lawnmower, or you work in there everyday. At least with The Home Depot, we've made it easy to get you the right light.


Depending on what your needs are, the size of the garage, and where it will be installed can determine what type of light fixture to choose.


In this post, I'll go over 3 distinct types of lighting fixtures to illuminate your garage.





Of all the options out there, shop lights are an effective, fairly inexpensive, and easy to install option to get lighting in your garage. Almost all types have a plug-in included, which means no wiring is needed to power it. 


These fixtures are usually 4 feet fluorescent bulbs in length, and come with hanging chains, so you can direct the right amount of light where it is needed most.


And with newer advances in technology, integrated LED shop lights are now available at your local Home Depot. These require no bulbs to replace, and they last for many, many years. Click here to view it. 






The second option for garage lighting is using flush-mounted lighting. Unlike shop lights, these must be hardwired into a junction box and are installed close to the ceiling, hence its name.


While this may require you to install wiring and junction boxes if there are none there, it can mean that the fixtures won't be in the way whenever the car or people are entering and exit (see image above). 


The term flush-mounted fixtures doesn't just pertain to only 4 foot wraparound fluorescent fixtures, although they are typically associated with garage lighting. They can also mean smaller fixtures like the one shown below and linked here.

As with any electrical installation, always remember to turn off the power leading to the fixture first. Any new wiring would be beneficial with installing a light switch to interrupt the fixture when not needed. 


Last but not least, always consult a local electrician for other questions regarding wiring and installation.






The final option for illuminating your garage is the use of high bay lighting. This is a newer option than the previous 2 for residential use, but it is quickly gaining popularity due to its lower costs and availability at your local Home Depot.


While somewhat similar in appearance to shop lights, high bay lights differ by putting out typically more lumens and are hardwired. This means since it gives off more lumens (light) it's great for large garages and shops where other fixtures just wouldn't give you enough light.





The biggest questions most customers ask is "how much/many fixtures are needed for my garage/work area?" 


The answer lies in 2 areas: the size of the space as well as where high activities are. Once you've determined that, pick out a fixture of your choosing, and plan out in accordance with its lumens output to get the best lighting you can achieve.


Of course, these are just 3 of the most basic lighting fixtures to choose from for a garage. There's other fixtures such as undercabinet lighting, if you need lighting while working at a counter space, or even plug-in work lights for temporary use.

3-Light Under Cabinet Black Puck Kit500-Watt Halogen Portable Work Light


No matter what your needs are, The Home Depot here online or at your local store has your lighting solutions to light up your garage and any area in and around your home!



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Posted 2015-07-08T19:04:44+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL Joseph_HD_ATL
Great article Joe!

My favorite light in the garage is mounted on the wall.

Precision Parking Aid allows you to set the exact spot to stop your car ... far enough inside the garage to clear allow the door to close, but without bumping into the wall in front of the car.

I've used one for years and have found it extremely reliable for stopping in exactly the right spot.

Posted 2015-07-30T21:06:55+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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