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Best LED Garage Light Review: Buying Guide

For some people, the garage is not only a storage place, it has turn into a perfect work space for personal hobby, such as woodwork and handcraft… No matter use as a garage or workshop, a bright lighting is very necessary, Especially the ones spend lots of time in garage for their hobby. Thanks to it don’t have windows in garage, all light need come from light fixtures. If you want turn your garage into a usable workspace, you will need the ideal lighting to shine it like daylight.

To help our reader find the best garage light,In this artilce we write as two part ,First Part we will review the top rated 6 LED shop light 2017. Second part is the buying guide.

In order to get good light, usually need install several fluorescent fixtures, and this need run a bunch of wires. Now we has a better choice is the LED shop light,which produce and design with the latest LEDs technology. As we compared, a two car garage only need two 4ft 38W led garage light Instead of install several big fluorescent light fixtures. Besides, we found the led shop light fixture is very easy to install, we tried only 15minutes can finish install one. We have a research and test report to compare the LEDs and Fluorescent.

      

          Below is a Power consumption compare chart;

 

LED

Fluorescent

Test
Sample

1pcs
4FT

36W
LED garage Light

2pcs
4FT

36W
Fluorescent Tube

Total
Power

36
watt

72
watt

Total
Lumen

3600lm

3500lm

Power
consumption for one Day

(use
15 hours per day)

(KW/H)

 

0.54

 

1.2

Power
consumption for one Month

16.2

36

Power
consumption for one Year

194.4

432

Electricity
Bill KW/H(USD)

The
price just for caculate.

 0.15USD

0.15USD

Electricity Bill for one year

 29.16USD

64.8USD

Electricity
Bill Saved PER YEAR (USD)

 

35.64USD

From above chart we can know ,Same 3500lm, LED shop light one 35W is enough, Fluorescent Tube need 2pcs 36W.If change the Fluorescent Tube to a led shop light, you can save 35.64USD.

     Let’s see more features compare;

 

LED

Fluorescent

Life
Span

50,000
hours

5,000-10,000
hours depend on different craft. Philips CFL tube life can 10,000hours

Working
Temperature

-40°
to 100° F

30°
to 100° F

Warm
up time

None

1
to 3 minutes depends on different brand

Toxic
chemicals

None

Mercury

UV
FREE

YES

NO

Warranty

5-10years

1-2years

According to the sheet, you can see

1, LEDs life span is 5 to 10times longer than fluorescent, Almost all LEDs is very stable, but different gas in CFL tube will decide how long the tube last. Even the best CFL light from Philip lifespan 10,000 hours. It means during the LED garage light serving time, The CFL tube need change 5 times.  

2, The LEDs operating temperature can be under 40degress.Fluorescent light inside uses vapor gas.If useing in low temperature conditions will cause the light dimming and flicking. And need longer warm up time when you turn on the light switch.

3, Fluorescent lighting with UV , LEDs is UV free.  When you use fluorescent at summer, you will found there are many small Worms around the lighting. Because lighting with UV will attract them. LED don’t have ,can help keep room clean.

CONS: You can found LED shop light is more durable ,more efficiency and more bright. It can perfect instead fluorescent for garage lighting.

To choose a right LED shop light, there are 5 important things better to be taken into account.

Brightness

In the past, a light’s brightness always measured by the power, the higher wattage ,the higher brightness of the light.  When the LED technology come out, watts are no longer the measurement of brightness, Now the lumens are use to measure a light brightness.  Lumen equal lighting efficient multiply by wattage. Wattage is use to calculate how many electricity the light used.  For example, A 5W led bulb, light efficiency 90lm/w, a halogen bulb 20W ,light efficiency 24lm/w. So the 5W LED bulb lumen is 450lm, 20W halogen bulb lumen 480lm. From this,we can draw a conclusion that the light efficiency is the key for lumen, and we can know why a 5w LED bulb can replace a 20W halogen bulb, and why LED bulb save energy. 

From this knowledge , we know that if a same wattage LED shop light, we need select the one with higher light efficiency. There has some lighting test equipment can use to measure. Here we have a much easy way to verify. The LED chip brand the light use, if the light use the famous brand light source, such as Cree,Philip,Osram.  The light can be with high light efficiency and high lumen. The seller always will have led source type and brand description.If you don’t know well the brand their light used. You can get the led chips brand ranking from google very easy.

Color Temperature

The color temperature is a very important feature you need take into account.

From above picture, you can see 2700k to 3000k is warm white , the color has some yellow like the candle light. 4000k is Natural White, 5000k to 6000K is daylight. For garage lighting, recommend daylight white color temperature 5000k to 6000k.

Installation

A shop light fixture which is simple to install can save lots of time and money, ask a professional installation really cost too much. This guide, we will recommend several led shop light with very simple installation way , all can finish installation by self within 15-20minutes.

Warranty

Warranty is easy to overlook when the time we use halogen and fluorescent, because their lifespan short and cost not too much. But LED light is different, the lifespan is 50,000+ hours.Price is higher. Some parts failed, people not professional cant fix it, such as LEDs failed, or driver failed. These usually include in the warranty. Before ordering, check the warranty condition is very necessary.

CRI(color rendering index)

Most people don’t know CRI, here we don’t plan to talk what is CRI, it need write another article to explain. As wikipedia explain “A color rendering index (CRI) is a quantitative measure of the ability of a light source to reveal the colors of various objects faithfully in comparison with an ideal or natural light source.” Here give out a CRI standard for LED light, the indoor lighting CRI need 80 at least. Less than 80 not good.

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