Garage Lighting: 10 Garage Lighting Ideas
Garage lighting should not be overlooked. It should be functional first and foremost.
Congratulations if you can make it fashionable! Whether you only park cars in your garage or use it for storage and work, here are 10 garage lighting ideas to try.
Garage Lighting: LED Ceiling Light
LED is an abbreviation for Light-Emitting Diode. LED light bulbs are among the most popular on the market and the best for use in garages.
They are more energy-efficient than others, using up to 75% less energy and lasting twice or three times as long. LED light bulbs can be used in overhead lights like this one, as well as under-cabinet and free-standing light fixtures.
Garage Lighting: Floor Lamp
A converted garage provides numerous lighting options. Use a combination of light sources that are each suited for a different purpose if you’re converting your garage into an additional living space, like this one by Julian Porcino. For general lighting, use a ceiling light, a floor lamp for ambience, and a task light on a desk for work purposes.
Garage Lighting: Multiple Semi-flush Mount Ceiling Lights
If you have the overhead clearance, use semi-flush mount lights for a slightly different look. This type of light fixture, like a flush mount, is installed close to the ceiling but slightly suspended to allow for a small gap between the light and the ceiling. It’s a good option if you want to instal multiple lights because it provides plenty of light while also adding visual interest.
Some overhead lights, such as this one in a NEAT by Meg garage project, use fluorescent light tubes rather than LED, incandescent, or halogen light bulbs. You can also buy fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, in the form of traditional bulbs rather than tubes. This type of light is less expensive and uses less energy than LEDs, but keep in mind that it takes some time for the lights to become brighter.
Motion Sensor Light
Installing a motion sensor light in your garage is both convenient and adds security to your home. You won’t have to worry about finding the light switch in the dark, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that if there’s motion in the garage, a light will turn on.
It’s also a good way to save energy because the light turns on when someone enters and turns off after a certain amount of time. There were no lights on all night because someone forgot to turn them off!
Linear Ceiling Light
One or two linear ceiling lights can benefit a single garage, such as this one from one of NEAT by Meg’s projects. This type of fixture comes in a variety of lengths and widths and distributes light well and evenly, providing enough light to illuminate an entire garage.
Flush-Mount Ceiling Light
A flush-mount ceiling light is installed directly on the ceiling and is flush against the drywall, as the name implies. This type of light is typically very inexpensive, dome-shaped, and ranges in standard diameter from 12 to 24 inches.
Flush mounts, like this one in a garage organised by A Fresh Space, typically have a glass exterior accented by a white, nickel, or bronze frame. This type of light is simple to install, inexpensive if you need multiple lights, and a good option if your garage ceiling is low because it isn’t suspended.
Under-cabinet lighting illuminates a task on the cabinet countertop in a close and direct manner. LED under-cabinet lights are the best option because they are energy-efficient and available in both bright and warm white.
You can have lights installed beneath your upper cabinets, or if you don’t want to deal with wiring, battery-operated puck lights or light strips with a remote are a great low-cost option that doesn’t require electrical work. If you don’t want the brightness of ceiling lights but still need some light in the garage, under-cabinet lighting, such as what you see in this garage designed by A Fresh Space, is a great way to add more subtle light.
Aside from various light fixtures, windows are an excellent way to bring in natural light! Not only do windows provide light, as seen in this garage by A Fresh Space, but they also provide ventilation, which is especially important if your garage tends to get musty, or if you work on various car or house projects that involve paint, oil, and other strong-smelling materials.
Ceiling Beam Light
A Fresh Space designed this modern garage, which includes a dark-stained wood beam with a bulb suspended directly from it. This is an excellent way to draw attention to the beam, which adds a decorative feature to an otherwise functional and industrial-looking part of the home. It also suspends the light lower, resulting in more focused brightness.
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