Lighting for the Workshop
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Synopsis: Use this guide to workshop lighting to illuminate your shop and ensure better results faster and more economically. Jack L. Lindsey, formerly an engineer for Southern California Edison Co., walks readers through the best options for fixtures, placement, ballasts, and lamp choices, so you can light your shop on a budget. Also, use his chart to calculate how much light you need based on your shop size, and where to place them.
The owner of a small shop can seldom justify the services of a lighting design professional. So the task of lighting a shop is usually accomplished by putting up a few fixtures and, if that doesn’t work, adding a few more. Sometimes this works, but learning some of the basics about lighting will produce better results faster and more economically in the long run. The most common mistakes are using the wrong type of lamp or fixture,…