Three Common Types of Workshop Lighting

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Workshop Lighting is Everything

Proper lighting in your workshop is as important as any tool in your toolbox. Whether it’s to see what you’re doing, illuminate mill marks on the wood surface or for photographing your work, having adequate and proper lighting is important! The challenge is that many of us have subterranean workshops.  This makes installing your own workshop lighting even more important.

Design your workshop so you have light at every machine and work space.  Make sure you have ample workshop lighting positioned so that shadows do not occur and compromise productivity or safety.  If I were building a shop from scratch I would incorporate plenty of windows, skylights and large sliding doors or sliding walls to maximize natural light for the workshop.  Unfortunately many of us do not have that luxury.

My Favorite Types of Workshop Lighting

1.  General and Overhead Lighting

Common Types of Workshop Lighting - Overhead

2.  Spot Lighting

Common Types of Workshop Lighting - Spot

3.  Tool or Task Lighting

Common Types of Workshop Lighting - Tool/Task

Read more about each type of workshop lighting on aconcordcarpenter.com

All Your Workshop Knowledge

You need more than just correct workshop lighting – you need a complete and proper workshop.  Read about the following workshop topics from other BTP authors and construction pros.

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Robert Robillard is the editor of the blog, A Concord Carpenter, Assistant Editor of Tool Box Buzz and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. Rob hosts the Concord Carpenter... Read more

7 comments on “Three Common Types of Workshop Lighting

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  3. Matt

    Great article Rob. In my shop I went from two small incandescent bulbs to now 6 T8 two bulb fluorescent fixtures. I still could use more light. And despite all of the things I’ve done to my shop now to try to make it more efficient and comfortable the #1 thing my friends mention when they come in is how much easier it is to work with all of that light. Switching out those two bulbs to plug in receptacles was a quick 1 hour job, and another 2 hours to hang the lights and was probably the biggest payoff for smallest effort I could have done. When I move shops again lighting will be the first project on the list.

  4. Boyd

    Nice article Rob, Thanks. When I did mine I added as many fluorescent lights as I could, Plus what I really think helps was painting the whole thing with ‘Brilliant White’. It’s the whitest brightest white paint with a gloss finish that I could find. It made a world of difference

  5. Robert Robillard Post author

    John – thank you for saying that – I appreciate that comment!

    Matt – I bet as you go along you’ll find yourself adding another two rows of lights. I’m always looking to improve my lighting.

    Boyd – My ceiling would be tough to cover but if I did it would be white. I once, 8 years ago, epoxy painted my shop floor white. Worked great but looked shitty after awhile and went back to battleship gray.

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