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Ok, so my "shop" is really just my garage. It's about 20' x 26'. I currently have 4 standard single bulb fixtures in the ceiling, arranged in a square, distributed fairly evenly across the ceiling. I'd like to upgrade my lighting. I wouldn't trust myself to do much electrical work, but I think I can manage swapping out these fixtures for fluorescent strip lights. I don't want to rewire anything in the garage. I want to place the new lights in the same place as the old lights. My question is, how many lights would I want? Most fixtures come in 1, 2, or 4 bulb fixtures. And most that I've seen use 4 foot long bulbs.

Assuming I'm only using 4-foot T8 fluroescent bulbs, how many bulbs would provide adequate lighting in a garage 20' x 26' (9 foot ceiling)?
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Hi Kevin

As many as you can of the T8 light fixtures (4 light type) you will be glad you did.

Amazon.com: t8 light fixture: Tools & Home Improvement

http://www.amazon.com/Lithonia-Light...7964904&sr=1-3
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Ok, so my "shop" is really just my garage. It's about 20' x 26'. I currently have 4 standard single bulb fixtures in the ceiling, arranged in a square, distributed fairly evenly across the ceiling. I'd like to upgrade my lighting. I wouldn't trust myself to do much electrical work, but I think I can manage swapping out these fixtures for fluorescent strip lights. I don't want to rewire anything in the garage. I want to place the new lights in the same place as the old lights. My question is, how many lights would I want? Most fixtures come in 1, 2, or 4 bulb fixtures. And most that I've seen use 4 foot long bulbs.

Assuming I'm only using 4-foot T8 fluroescent bulbs, how many bulbs would provide adequate lighting in a garage 20' x 26' (9 foot ceiling)?



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Bob, on the same page as your first link, I see LED replacement tubes. Any experience or thoughts?

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Bob - In my research, I've noticed that most of the 4-bulb fixture have a cover on them, whereas the 2-bulb fixtures are open. Will the cover dissipate much of the light?

Also, do you think I'd be better off having four 4-bulb fixtures (Image A). Or... would I be better off running longer 2-bulb fixtures the length of the garage (Image B). I think you can get the idea from my drawing.
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Ok, so my "shop" is really just my garage. It's about 20' x 26'. I currently have 4 standard single bulb fixtures in the ceiling, arranged in a square, distributed fairly evenly across the ceiling. I'd like to upgrade my lighting. I wouldn't trust myself to do much electrical work, but I think I can manage swapping out these fixtures for fluorescent strip lights. I don't want to rewire anything in the garage. I want to place the new lights in the same place as the old lights. My question is, how many lights would I want? Most fixtures come in 1, 2, or 4 bulb fixtures. And most that I've seen use 4 foot long bulbs.

Assuming I'm only using 4-foot T8 fluroescent bulbs, how many bulbs would provide adequate lighting in a garage 20' x 26' (9 foot ceiling)?
Like Bob said, as many as possible. I have about 10 4' x 2 tubes in 28 x35'. What you want to pay particular attention to is where they are, or will be, in relation to where you will be working. You want them over and slightly in front of where you will be working on the TS, RT, work bench, etc. so that you are not working in shadows. Shadows are not only hard on the eyes but can be dangerous where power tools are involved.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Bob - In my research, I've noticed that most of the 4-bulb fixture have a cover on them, whereas the 2-bulb fixtures are open. Will the cover dissipate much of the light?

Also, do you think I'd be better off having four 4-bulb fixtures (Image A). Or... would I be better off running longer 2-bulb fixtures the length of the garage (Image B). I think you can get the idea from my drawing.
The covers reduce some of the light output but keep the tubes cleaner. Eventually the dust gets in there anyway., which probably means I need better dust collection. Most of my 2 tube fixtures had covers on them.

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Hi Kevin

I like the " A" setup the T8 will put out more light and like most of them they will burn out in time,, I have the covers on the ones I have but it's not a big deal, the saw dust will get in the covers and knock down the light unlike the just plain tubes..with a quick shot of air they are clean again..

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Bob - In my research, I've noticed that most of the 4-bulb fixture have a cover on them, whereas the 2-bulb fixtures are open. Will the cover dissipate much of the light?

Also, do you think I'd be better off having four 4-bulb fixtures (Image A). Or... would I be better off running longer 2-bulb fixtures the length of the garage (Image B). I think you can get the idea from my drawing.



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Hi Steve

I did get one of the LED fixture just to try it out,they say they will last about 100 times longer than the T8 tubes but I don't know that for sure but I will say they are brighter than the T8 type and pull less power..I would say about about double the light of the T8.


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Kevin; ditto on everything that's been said...however there is another option... T5 fixtures.
They are bright! Too much light maybe.
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I heard somewhere that the T5's don't work well under 40 degrees but I don't know that for sure. I went with 6 - 4 bulb T8 fixtures in a 36 x 30 room with 12 foot ceilings and am very happy.
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