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Workshop Lighting

Workshops rarely receive enough natural lighting throughout the day and they tend to have a lot of light obstacles such as shelves and work equipment. Many workshops even operate in the evenings when workers have to rely solely on workshop lights. Fortunately, there are a lot of home and industrial lighting solutions which can properly illuminate the workspace and create optimal working conditions. Choosing the right lights will involve consideration of placement, frequency of use and the overall work environment.

Energy Efficiency

Choosing energy-efficient lights is an excellent options for light fixtures that are constantly used. You can save a lot of energy simply by using fluorescent lights at the main ceiling positions. LED lighting is also an excellent energy-efficient alternative and it can be used for both ambient and directed lighting.

Consider Positioning

Proper workshop lighting also entails careful consideration of ceiling height and obstacles. Ceilings under 6 metres will need lighting with a diffuser, while anything taller than that is usually covered with high-bay lighting. Deep shelves are also almost impossible to illuminate properly from the ceiling, so consider placing a system of LED strips. This kind of systems are available as a whole or you can build one yourself from parts.

Operating Temperature

Workshops are not always heated spaces, so look for models that operate well on both low and high room temperatures. Some fluorescent lights have bad temperature variation tolerance and there are models that simply can't start when room temperature is too low. Operating temperature also has an impact on the life of a bulb or light, so make sure to check the specs and choose a resilient model.

Grid-Connected or Battery-Powered

Even though your workshop probably has power outlets on every corner, not all of the lights need to be grid-connected. LED strips can work well even with a battery source and you can replace some of the directed lights you need with specialised flashlights that mount on tools and tripods.

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