Garage Lighting Solutions

Quality lighting can make a major difference in the convenience of your garage as both a place to store your vehicles on a regular basis, but also in its use as a special place to work on regular tasks. These days, plenty of people are utilizing their garage for other activities besides simple storage of cars – and while this is an ideal extra space to use, it really does make a difference of convenience and comfort. Here’s a guide to some ideal garage lighting solutions for your vehicle, as prepared by the garage experts here at Los Angeles Garage Doors and Gates.

Advance Garage Lighting Planning

First, make a plan. Make a schematic drawing of your garage with each particular area labeled. This includes:

  • Storage areas for equipment and appliances
  • Parking
  • Work Surfaces
  • Shelving Cabinets

It’s essential to make the most of all your available vertical space. Shelves can be placed above your garage door and be used as a storage area for season-specific items. After deciding where everything needs to go, you can effectively plan your lighting. You will likely need to install some sort of overhead lighting fixture, as well as specific types of lighting in order to light up special work areas of the garage. Windows need to be included – and they can easily be installed inside your garage door for maximum light.

What Types of Lighting Options do you have?

Fluorescent Lighting

Known as fluorescent lamps or fluorescent tubes, these lightbulbs are easy to identify based on their long tubular shape. They are made of a sealed glass tube with phosphor powder coating. Each tube contains a small amount of argon gas and mercury – meaning that they need to be handled with care. They are available in varying strengths and sizes, and offer a good amount of illumination for the price.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)

These bulbs are widely affordable and are available in a huge range of colors, from a warmer white color to a illuminated blue color. These bulbs are spiral shaped and provide a large amount of light. They are very energy efficient, using only about a quarter of the amount of energy used by a standard incandescent light bulb. CFLs last 10 times as long as a standard incandescent bulb, with about 10,000 hours worth of light in them, and are cool to the touch.

Halogen Lights

Halogen lights are a good choice of energy efficient light if you don’t want to use a CFL. They last about 3,000 hours, and aren’t made of mercury. They provide a very bright and clear white light, and are available in a wide range of sizes, so you can find a halogen bulb to fit almost any lighting fixture.

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

LED lights are the most energy efficient light bulb on the market. They use only about 10% of the energy of a normal incandescent bulb, with a massively long lifespan. LED lights are quite expensive, but are getting cheaper in recent months. They are a good choice for special directional light fixtures, and don’t contain any lead of mercury; – and they are also cool to the touch.

If you’re looking for a garage lighting solution, don’t look any further. Contact the expert garage door installation and garage upgrade experts here at Los Angeles Garage Door and Gates for instant assistance with all of your garage lighting needs.