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Old 11-30-2018, 12:10 PM   #1
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Lighting for new coach garage/shop

Iím in the process of building a garage/shop for my Motorhome. It has a pretty tall ceiling, 21í at the peak, and I want to install some bright lighting.
I have seen some 4í LED shop lights but donít have any experience with them. Wondering what those of you with a garage for your RVs use for lighting.
I am installing 40í of wall light panels on each side wall so that should let a fair amount of light in during the day.
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Old 11-30-2018, 12:27 PM   #2
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I'm switching all of my shop 4 ft regular lights and my house lights to led. Amazingly bright. In most cases where a fixture had 4 tubes, only two led's are needed and you get more light.


Plus no ballast, and my electric bill keeps dropping.
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I have used both the 4' LED fixtures for lower ceilings and I also purchased some high bay LED lights for the tall ceilings. The high bay fixtures do put out a lot of light if you have enough height. I replaced one of my High pressure Sodiums with this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I like the instant on and puts out plenty of light.
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We installed LED lighting in our new garage addition. We bought them at Menards and the 6 lights are pretty bright. We have them up 16 ft. There was a lot of tall ladder work but we managed to run the wiring and install them safely.
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I have used both the 4' LED fixtures for lower ceilings and I also purchased some high bay LED lights for the tall ceilings. The high bay fixtures do put out a lot of light if you have enough height. I replaced one of my High pressure Sodiums with this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I like the instant on and puts out plenty of light.
I went with the High Bays as well, very happy with how bright they are. My Ceiling the RV bay is 25'.
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6 tube LED high bays....the kind with the replaceable tubes. You'll never be wanting for more light.
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Visit WWW.RABLIGHTING.COM

RAB Lightning is a tremendous USA made manufacture of great industrial/ commercial/ residential lighting. I have several of their fixtures and really like them.
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No question - go with LEDs.

The lighting level would be what I would carefully consider. High density for fine work (bench jobs); medium density for repairs (polish, inspection, repairs); and low density for general traffic/storage areas.

Walls need to be white to reflect what light you have. Get some portables for adding more light to a specific area.

Should be a very nice addition.
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Thanks for all the great suggestions! Lots to look at and think about.
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When it comes to storing my coach in the shed, I don't care how well lit the roof is, I want to see the side, and into cargo compartments, so when I re do the lighting in my shed in a few months I plan to primarily install light fixtures on the walls.
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I just finished replacing the old florescent lights in my garage today. My garage is 32'X36' with 10' ceilings. I used 20 4' LED lights which you can plug one in and plug the next light into the first light up to 10 lights. I did plug some into one another but the wiring was there so I also installed some boxes on the ceiling with plugs. A total of three switches controls the different light zones.
This shop is lit up now! Unbelievable difference. As our eyes get older they just don't work as well as they used to.
My son and I work nearly every night on our race sleds and the new lighting is going to be welcomed. No need for drop lights unless you are under the sled. No shadows anywhere. The lights hang from chains 3" from the ceiling.
$29.95 each for the lamps at Sam's Club. Small price to pay to not have to listen to buzzing ballasts and waiting for the lights to warm up so you could see anything.
Next summer I will be running all LED lights in my 40'X60 pole barn. Not so many though.
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If you have a Rural King location around, they have 4' bright LED lights on sale for $14.95 each. At that price, you could afford to put them all along each wall at the ceiling facing down at a 45 degree angle.
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One thing I would recommend in your planning is to go to;



https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/


It was a tremendous help when I built my shop.


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