Let There Be Light
A blanket of bright light makes any workshop a nicer place to be
Update your shop lighting and it’s almost a guarantee that woodworking will become easier. Because light fixtures are seldom at the top of tool and equipment wish lists, most home shops are illuminated with a collection of mismatched, outdated fixtures, with little thought given to their overall placement and how they’re switched. To improve your shop lighting, Nancy McCoy and Peter Judge suggest starting over with new wiring and fixtures, boosting the ambient lighting substantially with the right fluorescent bulbs, placed correctly, and using task lighting for areas where you need a boost.
From Fine Woodworking #209
Have you ever had to squint to see a scribe line or line up a pencil mark? Maybe a recent finish looked great in the shop, but once you brought it into the house you found sanding scratches. Your problem might be inadequate shop lighting. Light fixtures are seldom at the…