Shop lights for commercial and residential settings are available in both flush mounted and suspended hanging styles. These fixtures can be powered by a single power source and are linkable for longer runs. For existing shop lighting applications, replacing fixtures that utilize fluorescent tubes with more efficient and longer lasting LED light will help to save money on energy and overall maintenance costs. LED shop lights provide the best illumination solution for garages, utility rooms, workshops and many other commercial applications.
Shop lights are typically installed in work areas that require overhead or hanging lights. These fixtures are very flexible and can be used in a variety of different ways, which helps provide the right amount of illumination where your area needs it most.
LED shop lights come in hardwired, linkable, and plug-in styles, so you'll be able to find the right fit for your application. Regardless of which shop light is right for your application, each is built with the highest standards in mind for a reliable lighting solution that is built to last. All of our LED shop lighting fixtures are constructed with durable housings and easy to install mounting options. Besides these already impressive value shop LED lights provide, they also come with a range of lengthy warranty options.
When your trying to determine which shop lighting fixture that should be used for a space, the amount of lumens is crucial. That's why we offer shop light fixtures in a wide range of specifications such as several options on wattage, lumen output, and color temperature. All of these options will help provide bright LED lighting to your shop that is efficient and incredibly long lasting.
Shop Lights FAQs
Shop lights are a type of lights that are commonly used in garages and workshops, hence the name, where detailed oriented tasks are being performed. Selecting the correct shop light fixture for a particular setting depends on a few important factors such as the size of the space being illuminated, how the fixture will be mounted, and the type of tasks that are being performed.
Shop lights are available in various types and styles that include high bays, linear strip fixtures, vapor tight lights and wraparound fixtures. Each type is specifically designed to address specific lighting requirements of certain areas. For example, most linear strip lights are linkable, which allows power to flow from one fixture to the next while only using one power source, eliminating the needs to plug in each shop light. High bays on the other hand are designed for use in larger areas with ceiling heights that exceed 20 feet.
Here are some qualities that shop lights should have:
• High CRI (color rendering) of at least 80 • High lumen output (brightness) will be dependent on the height and size of the space • Color temperature (CCT) of 4000K (cool white) or 5000K (daylight) • Mounting method (suspended or surface mounted) • Reflectors which will help to direct the light downward
Shop lights are commonly used in a wide range of commercial and residential applications such as workshops, garages, storage rooms, auto repair shops and small warehouses.
To determine how many lights you will need in a 40x60 shop depends on a couple of different factors, such as ceiling height and if there are any obstacles in the way of that would prevent mounting a shop light fixture. However, as a general rule of thumb you will need at least 1000 lumens of light per 100 square foot of space. So, a 40x60 shop would need a minimum of (24) shop lights that deliver 1000 lumen each for adequate illumination. FYI, if the fixtures provide more the 1000 lumens each they can be reduced in the quantity needed.
Here are some of the benefits provided by LED shop lights:
• Installs in minutes, no wiring needed (includes mounting hardware) • Up to 50% in energy savings compared to fluorescent • Sleek architectural design • Linkable from end to end (maximum of 8 fixtures) • Integrated rocker switch to turn fixture on/off • Includes attached power cord • ETL Listed • RoHS Compliant • 50,000 rated hours • 5 year warranty
Typically, the most common reason that causes LED shop lights to interfere with a radio is their power supply, also known as an LED driver. The LED driver provides the LED arrays with a series of controlled bursts of power, which is referred to as Pulse Width Modulation or PWM, in cycles. This determines how many times the LED arrays will flicker per second. During this period, the Hz ratio is converted into an electric signal and received by radio devices, which is what causes unwanted sounds or disturbance you'll hear. To alleviate and fix this issue, the driver needs to be replaced in one or more of your LED shop lights because it no longer has the ability to control the Pulse Width Modulation or PWM signals like it should.
Depending on the type of shop lights you will be installing, there are several different ways they can be wired. The most common shop lights that are frequently used come with their own cord and plug, which allows them to be plugged into an existing outlet for power. Other types of shop lights will need to be hardwired, which means you will need to pull wire or run conduit from a power source over to each fixture for them to operate.
The two most common methods used to hang shop lights are suspension and surface mount. Choosing which method to go with comes down to personal preference and the type of space they will be installed in. To suspend a shop light, you will need to attach a power cord to one end of the fixture and use chain or aircraft cable for it to freely hang from the ceiling. If you choose to surface mount your shop light, you will need mounting screws and run the power into one of the knockouts that are located on the fixture's housing.
The most common method used when it comes to calculating the lumens and determining how much lighting you will need to have for a shop to adequately illuminated is taking the square footage of the entire area and making sure you will have 1000 lumens of light output per 100 square feet of space. For example, if have a 20x20 shop, the total square footage would be 400, you would need 4000 lumens of light output.
The easiest way to determine how many amps LED shop lights will draw is by taking the total wattage of an individual fixture and dividing by the input voltage. For example, if you will be using a 40 watt fixture and the input voltage is 120V, the LED shop light would be drawing 0.33 amps.
To determine how many LED shop lights you will need will depend on the overall size of your space and what type of work you will be performing. However, you can get a base line count of how many fixtures you will need by taking the square footage of the entire space and allocating 1000 lumens of light output per 100 sq foot. For example, if your shop is 10000 square feet and the LED shop lights you will be installing provide 2000 lumens worth of light output each, you will need a total of at least five fixtures.
To determine how many LED lights you will need for a 30x40 shop depends on a couple of different factors, such as ceiling height and if there are any obstacles in the way of that would prevent mounting a shop light fixture. However, as a general rule of thumb you will need at least 1000 lumens of light per 100 square foot of space. So, a 30x40 shop would need a minimum of (12) LED lights if they only provided 1000 lumens each for adequate illumination. Keep in mind the total number of fixtures can be reduced if they produce a higher lumen output.
To determine how many lumens you will need for shop lighting will depend on the size of the space. As a general rule of thumb, you will need at least 1000 lumens of light output per 100 square foot foot of space. For example, if your total area is 5000 square feet, you will need at least 50000 lumens for adequate shop lighting.
To determine how many lumens a fluorescent shop light is depends on the type of bulbs the fixture is using. Here is an example, if the fixture is using (2) F32T8 fluorescent bulbs that provide 1800 lumens each, the fluorescent shop light would have a total output of 3600 lumens.
To change a ballast in a shop light you need to follow a couple of steps to ensure its done safely.
1. Shut the power off to the shop light from the breaker or fuse box. 2. Remove the bulbs and bottom metal cover. 3. Locate the wiring that is coming into the fixture and connecting to the ballast. 4. Disconnect all the wiring and unmount the ballast. 5. Mount and wire your new ballast in the same way you removed the old one. 6. Replace the bottom cover and bulbs. 7. Turn the power back on to your shop light.
There are two methods you can use to convert shop lights to LED. The first and most obvious method is to replace the entire fixture with a new LED shop light. The second method and least expensive is to retrofit your existing shop light. This can be achieved with a retrofit kit with LED arrays, or you can remove the fluorescent bulbs and ballast and use direct wire LED tubes that operate off of line voltage.
There are two ways that you can daisy chain shop lights. The first and most commonly used method is by running wire or conduit between each fixture. The second and newest method is using inline connectors. These connectors allow the power to flow from one shop light to the next and so on until you reach the last fixture.
If your looking to properly dispose of shop lights and adhere to EPA guidelines, its important to check with your waste collection agency to find a disposal site that handles these fixtures.
To hardwire a shop light will depend on the type of fixture you have. If you have a plug in shop light, you will need to remove the plug on the end of the cord that is attached to the fixture. Then you will need to feed those wires into a junction box and connect them to the black (hot), white (neutral) and green (ground) wires. If you have a shop light without a cord and plug, you will need to run electrical wire from an existing junction box to the fixture and connect it to the fixture's LED driver.
There are several different installation options for LED shop lights depending on which type you have. If you have a plug in LED shop light the process is simple, you mount the fixture and plug it into an existing electrical outlet. If you have a hardwired LED shop light, first you will need to run power to the fixture from an existing switch and junction box.
If your looking to mount shop lights flush to the ceiling, you need to follow a few simple steps.
1. Turn off the the power to area where the fixture is being installed. 2. Remove the cover pan from the fixture to expose the mounting holes and internal wiring. 3. Use the mounting hardware that comes with the shop light fixture to secure it flush against the ceiling. 4. Then make all the necessary wiring connections and turn the power back on to the area.
When it comes to installing linkable LED shop lights, you need to follow a few simple steps.
1. Turn off the the power to area where the fixtures are being installed. 2. Starting with the first LED shop light that is receiving power, remove the cover pan from the fixture to expose the internal wiring. 3. Connect the incoming electrical wire to the LED driver located inside of the fixture. 4. Replace the bottom cover pan. 5. Attach the inline connector that comes with your fixture to the opposite end of where the power is coming in and connect it to the next LED shop light in line. 6. Repeat this connection process until you get to the last fixture in the series. 7. After all wiring and connections have been made you need to turn the power back on to the area.
Some characteristics that you need to look for when choosing the best LED shop lights for your application comes down to three important factors; efficiency, longevity and quality. When it comes to efficiency, the fixture needs deliver a high-lumen output while using the lowest wattage for operation as possible. For longevity, the LED shop light needs to be able to last long-term. These fixtures should be designed to operate up to 100,000 hours or 10 years, whichever comes first. The quality of the fixture will come down to the manufacturer. If the fixture offers great efficiency and has a long life expectancy that is coupled with a quality design, that will help to ensure your getting the best LED shop lights for your particular application.
Choosing what gauge wire for LED shop lights you should use depends on what the voltage of power that is going to be used to power each fixture. Typically, we recommend using 12-gauge wire to prevent voltage drops that can result in longer runs. Its also important to check with your local municipality to ensure that you will be meeting electrical code requirements.
If your looking to find the brightest LED shop light you should look at the lumen output of the fixture, not the wattage. For example, if you have a fixture that is 100 watts and provides 14000 lumens and you have another fixture that is 90 watts and provides 16000 lumens, the 90 watt fixture is the brightest. So, its important to look at the lumen output of the LED shop light and not the wattage.
A troffer shop light is a fixture that is used to illuminate an area that will be recessed in a grid ceiling. This fixture is typically used in workshops and garages to provide illumination to the area beneath it.