LED lighting technology is now the distinguished lighting solution for the past two decades. The 21st century gave us unexpected technologies which have added to the progression for a while now, LED lighting being one of them that has reformed our expectations with the way lighting is used as an energy source. Not just for larger corporations but for domestic use LED lighting has revolutionised the consumption of electricity and has provided great access to sustainable energy sources.
Garages have a very distinct purpose in modern day houses. In almost every domestic setup the use of garages is significant as parking spaces or storage areas but recently they are also being used as task zones. Depending on the size of the garages they are multi-purpose and require a good lighting layout to aid the processes carried out in there.
How to create a lighting layout for garages?
A lighting layout is essential for almost every space especially when working with LED light fixtures as these lights are brighter than average lamps and a convenient layout helps with illuminations as well as efficiency. To create a layout it is necessary to have the following measurements:
- Area of the garage
- Ceiling height of the garage
These two measurements help in determining the following things:
- Total lumen output required for lighting
- Type of fixture suitable for garage
- Number of fixtures to reach the optimum illumination level
- Placement of the fixtures ( mounting height, distance between each fixture)
This layout is easy to design and usually does not require professional help except the correct positioning and installation requires assistance from technicians to ensure proper functionality of the fixture till its warrantied time.
LED light fixtures for garages
There is a huge variety of commercial light fixtures which are highly suitable for domestic garage application. The reason why these lights work in garages are similar working conditions as those of commercial indoor spaces. These fixtures have a distinct approach to meet the necessary conditions and the variety is endless depending on the function which you can read about here.
Choosing LED light fixtures for garages can be a mind-boggling task but here’s a list narrowing down the typical fixtures and their features:
LED shop lights
Shop lights are typically for indoor areas and are a popular commercial application. These lights have a linear body and the size is customisable for different applications. Shop light fixtures are very convenient, light-weight and efficient light fixtures. They have a supporting aluminum frame which provides structure as well as integrity to the fixture. There are brackets present at the back of the fixture which allow different mounting options such as: suspend mounting and surface mounting from the garage’s ceiling. The LED lamps are covered by a lens which produces a diffused light pattern that is easy on the eyes.
LED wraparound lights
LED wraparound lights are another very convenient and versatile design of shop lights for indoor areas and garages. They are highly suitable for domestic garages as most of them have low ceiling heights. Wraparound light fixtures have an exposed lamp covered by acrylic lens from all sides. They also have a linear frame which provides support to the fixture and allows surface mounting of the fixture. These lights produce a very glowy light pattern which illuminates a broader surface area.
LED strip lights
LED strip lights are one of the most handy forms of lighting in all spaces including garages. These lights are linear and are available in different lengths. These are also the cheapest alternative and easy to replace in case the fixture malfunctions.
LED round high bay lights
LED round high bay lights or UFO high bays are typically for larger ceiling garages. The main reason why they are of use in garages is their ability to illuminate the space with powerful lighting after a rather easy installation process. They have an adjustable beam angle with adjustable mounting height which makes the layout design even more efficient.
Advantages of installing LED light fixtures
There are different advantages of replacing traditional lamps with LED lamps and lighting possibilities which might ensue are rather endless. These lamps have the following properties:
- Uniform illumination
LED lamps produce uniform illumination as the diodes are arranged in a certain order. They do not produce dark or bright spots even when the light is deteriorating. The light fixture carries lens and diffusers which partake in creating this type of illumination.
Higher lumen levels
LED lights also have a higher lumen output and fill the area with brighter and ambient light. As lumens are a measure of brightness levels these lights are able to produce more lumens at the same wattage supplied to traditional lamps. The higher lumens end up creating an efficient stream which supplements the working conditions in the garage.
LED lights are quite low maintenance even in the long term. A usual fixture can last for up to 50000 hours while also providing energy efficiency. These lights do not compromise on the lighting quality and require very little maintenance, at times only once or twice in a year. This does not hinder the usual work flow and also helps save up on frequent repair or maintenance costs.
LED lighting is quite eco-friendly as they work on green lighting technology. They do not produce or interact with harmful radiation and also help reduce the carbon footprint. In the long-run these light fixtures provide comfort and ambiance to the surrounding. They are adjustable and follow smart controlling options which makes them even more desirable form of lighting in all sorts of applications.