LAYER YOUR LIGHTING
Just like the rest of your home, the garage is a multi-functional space. This means that layering lighting here is as important as it is for any other room. While overhead lighting is standard in most garages, additional artificial lighting is necessary for functional reasons.
Ambient lighting: This is general lighting for the garage and illuminates the floors and walls so that you can navigate the space safely on foot and park your car.
Task lighting: This lighting is brighter than ambient lighting and is installed in work and storage areas of the garage so that you have increased visibility during detail-oriented and organisation activities.
Accent lighting: This lighting is used to highlight standout features in your garage. Perhaps an open shelf display of signed soccer balls or a cabinet housing a prized trophy collection?
POSITION YOUR LAYERED LIGHTING CORRECTLY
Ambient lighting: This type of lighting should cast an even spread of light across your garage floor, so position any ceiling lights in the centre of the room. If using multiple fixtures then ensure they are equal distance from each other on the ceiling.
Task lighting: Your choice of task lighting should provide you with downward, direct light and reduce glare. Lighting with an adjustable neck is also handy for workbenches so that you can direct the beam exactly where you need it most.
Accent lighting: The purpose of this lighting is to highlight specific objects or areas in the garage. Position the light so that it shines directly on what you want to showcase. Track lights and LED strips lights are great options.
CHOOSE LED BULBS WITH A HIGH CRI
If you’re using your garage as a workshop or a place to dabble in DIY projects then you’ll want your lighting to render the colour of woodwork, paint, and other items as realistically as possible. To achieve this, use bulbs with a CRI (colour rendering index) of 85 to 100. A bulb with a CRI of 100 represents the CRI of daylight at midday. Now is also the time to consider switching to LED bulbs. They offer between 15 000 and 30 000 hours of illumination which means you won’t have to climb up on a ladder to change them as often as regular bulbs.
DON’T FORGET THE ENTRANCE
You’ve identified your lighting needs for inside the garage, but what about the outside? The entrance of your garage is no place to be fumbling around for keys or a remote to open up. A motion sensor floodlight will illuminate your garage entryway whenever movement is detected and will automatically turn off when movement ceases for a certain period of time. It’s also a great safety and security measure as it should deter would-be intruders who prefer to operate in the dark.