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#1 posted 01-13-2014 02:58 AM

Thanks for the info. The ceilings and the walls are painted white (or rather a builder-grade “white-ish”), however with the walls, there’s so much stuff on them, that I honestly don’t think there’s a whole lot of reflectivity there. I’ve just about run out of places to hang clamps, hoses, cords, etc.

I like the ideas you have for the ceiling locations, but unfortunately I’m pretty restricted there too. You really can’t tell in those pics, but I’ve got hanging garage storage for coolers, paint, lawn care stuff, and so on. I could probably rotate the lights over the grinder / sander / planer area, but the light over the lathe can’t go too much farther to the right.

I do really like the idea that you brought up of providing a lot of light for the lathe though. I think I’m gonna run with that and add an additional light on the bottom of the hanging storage so it’s right over my lathe.

As far as reflectors go, I’m finding that those can easily double the price of the light. Is it possible to construct my own with some hard board and some sort of highly reflective paint?

I found these lights that look promising, especially considering they come with the bulb:

Only downside is that they don’t have a reflector. I can do three lights down the center of each bay and that would get me 6 lights for only about $160 incl. shipping.

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