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  1. azzurribaggio

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    Hello, I'm about to embark on finally putting in some serious lighting in my garage to replace the one 100 watt light bulb in there LoL... Wanted to get some advice with those that have created some nice lighting within their garage.

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  2. JohnnyRay

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    4000K color temp LED strip lights. 5000-7000 lumens. 4000K is a nice bright white light with good color rendering. Traditional warm white 2700-3000K is not the best for shop lighting and 5000K or greater is too harsh.
     
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  3. Ak Jim

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    What kind of electrical fixtures or outlets do you have? If just the one then you could try one of the "corn cob" bulbs. Just replace the existing 100 watt (1600) lumen with something like this.

    https://www.ledlightexpert.com/150-Watt-E39-LED-Bulb--21892-Lumens-5000K_p_63.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxqmhgsaQ5gIVqyCtBh3IAwrzEAQYBCABEgLKAvD_BwE

    Well that one has 22,000 lumens so it might be a little over the top but you get the idea. They make many different lumen and color choices. Just keep in mind you currently have 1600 lumens so size accordingly.
     
  4. clonmeliw

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    I'm a big fan of Hyperikon (https://www.hyperikon.com). You can get numerous choices in commercial grade LED tubes that will retrofit into standard fluorescent fixtures in a large selection of color temp and brightness (you might have to disable the ballast though). Quality is excellent, shipment is quick, prices are reasonable, and they will actually entertain counteroffers! If a tube is not your thing, they have numerous other options including LED fixtures. Worth checking out.
     
  5. Ak Jim

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    I like this brand also. Installed 20 of these in can lights in part of the garage. Difficult to do if existing construction.
     
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    Costco recently had some motion detector led ‘shop lights’ that are just ez, simple, and plug into any outlet if anyone looking for cheap functional garage units.
     
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  8. JohnnyRay

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    I've been in the electronics industry for many years - helping customers work through the conversion of commercial, automotive and residential lighting to LED technology. Any light source "whiter" than 4000K color temperature is too harsh for home shop/display in my opinion. Here are a few references:

    Warm Light (2000K-3000K): Typically for ambient lighting in relaxation/leisure areas like Living Rooms, Hotel Lounges, Restaurants.

    Neutral Light (3500-4500K): Typical for general purpose such as Offices, Lobbies, Classrooms, and Retail

    Daylight White (5000-6000K): Typical for high task high visibility needs such as Workshops, Laboratories, Kitchens, and Manufacturing

    Cool White (5500-6500K): Typical for outdoor lighting such as street lights, parking lots, warehouses

    Typical Color Temps

    1000K: Low Pressure Sodium

    1500K: Candlelight

    2200K: High Pressure Sodium

    2700K: 60W Incandescent

    3000K: 200W Incandescent

    3200K: Sunset/Sunrise

    3400K: Tungsten Halogen

    4000K: Standard Metal Halide

    4200K: Typical Office Fluorescent

    5000K: Daylight White

    5500K: Noontime Sunshine

    5500K: Daylight Metal Halide

    7500K: Overcast Sky Mid-Day

    10000K: Aquarium Lighting
     
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  9. Lagunae92

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    Have adjustable cans (boxed in with drywall) that range from 2700-5000k. They are set at 5000K and accompanied by 6 5000K 2'x2' LED panels. Works out pretty nice and looks interesting.
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    I just went with the old tried-and-true track lighting. Cheap, and looks much better than the fluorescent fixtures I had in there before. Matched with 100-watt equivalent daylight bulbs and my Chamberlain garage door opener, it's pretty darn bright in there. Expandable also, I may get 90 degree couplers and expand them even more if I want to blind folks.
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  12. moysiuan

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    Keep in mind that too much light is very hard on the eyes, and you don't want fixtures where in your peripheral vision you have too much glare. While Led's are all the rage, and of course very energy efficient, they can be very hard on the eyes and some can give a flicker effect (both visible and invisible flicker) depending on tghe drivers that control the lighting. And for sure, stay with the warm spectrum, the blue light spectrun from high K temp LED's is now shown to cause retinal damage. The flat panel types of fixtures don't let much light out horizontally, they tend to down light. Old style flourescents have a much more diffuse light, and in surface mount fixtures often had side depth that allowed for some side diffusion as well, tending to flood the room, which is generally easy on the eys and what you want.

    Sorry I sound old school, but the Led industry is still in an exciting experimental phase, with all kinds of technology advances, but is really winning over people for architectual design reasons more than the quality or appeal of the lighting effect. It is best if you can see the fixtures in a live application before you buy.

    While it may not be high tech, a few well placed warm to daylight flourescent fixtures, with old fashioned incandescents for task lighting areas is still the gold standard.
     
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    When I did my garage - I installed normal fixtures that throw off nice complimentary light. I also installed LED panels on a different circuit for when I am working on something.
     
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    Where did you purchase these lights? I've seen this style in many locations but never pulled the trigger.
     
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    No worries, thanks I’ll check it out.


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    Nice car (and matching wall colour)! The lighting does seem to take up alot of ceiling square footage for the amount of light produced. I notice there are pot lights on the permiter too, meaning the lighting of just the panels must not distribute well, this directional down lighting effect is part of the problem with led's or more accurately the lack of desire to design more costly reflectors and diffusers into the design.
     
  18. Lagunae92

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    Thanks. Waiting for the Ferrari shield to come. There are can lights around the perimeter for two reasons. They are adjustable temperature color, and there for standard work light. The LED panels were chosen because I like the look and how much presence they have. Don’t need the cans on as well, but the cans aren’t enough in this configuration and with the panels on it is much better. What you are seeing is one guys vision with form over function. Could have done it much more economically and minimalistic, but this has better presence.
     
  19. Lagunae92

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    Three different configurations. May try 4000k on the cans.
     
  20. moysiuan

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    Yes, I understand that aesthetics are a big part of led lighting, that's why architects love them, so we are in a golden age of lighting experimentation. I suppose the designer of this car could have used a simple dome light for the function :) I wonder if anyone has done a starlight garage ceiling...

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  21. Lagunae92

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    That would be fun! I did see that an F8 owner put a starry headliner in. I like it in the rolls. Not in an F car.
     
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  23. Lagunae92

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    Thanks! There's more to it and more coming. I'll post it up when it's done. The Pista is Rosso Fuoco and the 812 is Rosso Maranello.
     

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