Effective workshop lighting is essential for tackling all your projects efficiently and safely. Among the available options, LED lighting stands out as the most modern, energy-efficient, and versatile choice. However, not all LED lights are created equal, so it’s crucial to understand what to look for when choosing LED workshop lighting to ensure it meets your specific needs. Below are the following factors that customers should consider when selecting LED workshop lights.
Brightness (Lumen Output)
One of the most critical factors to consider when choosing LED workshop lighting is brightness which is measured in lumens. The ideal lumen output depends on the size and purpose of your workshop. For small home workshops between the size of a single or two car garage, 5,000 to 10,000 lumens may be adequate. Larger commercial workshops larger than a three car garage may require 20,000 lumens or more.
- Bulbs might include the 5,000 lumen GT-CB-50A and the 10,000 lumen GT-CB-100A.
- Work lights include the 7,000 lumen GT-506-U and the 10,000 lumen GT-510-U. Along with brighter options such as the HX-WL12000DT and GT-WL-30KTP that produce 12,000 lumens and 30,000 lumens respectively.
The color temperature of a light refers to the hue of the light output that ranges between a warm or cool hue. For workshop lighting, a color temperature between 4000K and 5000K is recommended. This range emits a neutral white light that closely resembles natural daylight, reducing eye strain and ensuring accurate color rendering for your projects. GT-Lite Cob bulbs, adjustable panel bulbs, and work lights operate within this color temperature range.
One of the significant advantages of LED lights are their energy efficiency. Look for LED workshop lights with high efficacy ratings (lumens per watt), as they consume less electricity and generate less heat than traditional lighting sources like incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. This not only saves on energy bills but also contributes to a more comfortable working environment.
Durability and Longevity
Workshop lighting must be durable and long-lasting so they can operate while being exposed to dust, vibrations, and occasional accidental impacts. Choose LED lights with sturdy construction and a high IP rating to ensure they can withstand a workshop environment. LED lights also have a longer lifespan than conventional incandescent bulbs. GT-Lite products can be rated to last 50,000 hours of use or 45+ years when used 3 hours a day, 7 days a week. This reduces the need for frequent replacements.
Consider the beam angle of the LED lights, which determines the spread of light. In a workshop, you’ll want fixtures with a wide beam angle to ensure uniform illumination across the workspace. GT-Lite offers Adjustable panel bulbs that allow you to shift the panels to perfectly light your work space. If you are looking for more direct lighting over a work bench, a shop light might be more of what you are looking for.
- Adjustable panel bulbs include GT-BU-G60A that produces 6,000 lumens, GT-BU-G100A that produces 10,000 lumens, and GT-BU-G150A that produces 15,000 lumens.
- Shop lights include GT-SL5000-LINK that produces 5,000 lumens, SL4YL10000L that can produce 10,000 lumens on the highest setting and 5,000 on the lowest setting.
Warranty and Customer Support
GT-Lite offers a limited 1 year warranty on bulbs and work lights. We also offer US based customer service and support. Call our customer support at 1-800-865-6799.