Garages have a bit of a bad reputation as being dark, dingy, and dusty. Unfortunately, this is often the case. On the bright side (no pun intended), this is an easy problem to fix. Indeed, all it takes is a little bit of creative lighting! You might think that there aren’t many options as far as garage lighting goes—aside from the traditional incandescent tube lighting that is—but that idea couldn’t be farther from the truth.
With this thought in mind, we at Garage Living are happy to bring you our round-up of our top 4 ideas for garage lighting.
1. Hanging Shop Lights
Hanging shop lights are about as standard as you can get when it comes to illuminating your garage, but don’t be fooled by their simplicity! Installing just one double or four-bulb fluorescent fixture above your workbench will make a huge difference in brightening up your dimly lit garage.
2. CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) Pot Lamps
If you want the illumination of fluorescent bulbs without the blinding effect that tube lighting can sometimes cause, then CFLs are the way to go. Installing CFL pot lamps around the perimeter of your garage will brighten up your workspace without any annoying shadows or glare. They’re also incredibly energy efficient so you won’t have to worry about climbing up that ladder to change your bulbs every month.
3. LED Light Strips
If you’re looking for a slightly more modern or funky look, you’ll be very interested in our next suggestion: LED light strips. Now these might not cast as much light as traditional fluorescent bulbs, but unless you use your garage primarily as a workshop, this shouldn’t be much of a problem. What’s more, aside from their stylish and contemporary look, the average LED light has a lifespan of 50,000 hours. That’s almost 6 years! Talk about low-maintenance.
4. Philips Hue
Philips Hue describes their lamps as “your personal wireless lighting”. The coolest part? You can create and control light to suit your preferences just by using your smartphone or tablet. Use a more standard setting when you’re doing work in your garage, and personalize it to something a bit funkier if you’re using it as a “man cave” or a party pad. In the words of Philips, “Hue can help you relax or concentrate, change the atmosphere of a room, help keep your house safe when you’re out, and even remind you of that magical moment on vacation. The possibilities are endless”.