How to Choose the Right Lightning for a Workshop?
Good lighting is essential for working in your workshop. Whether it's a DIY project at home or a professional workshop, it should be bright enough for you to work well. It is also important to choose energy-efficient lighting to allow you to consume less. In this article, we give you all the tips and advice for choosing the best lighting for your workshop!
Which lighting to choose for a workshop?
LED lighting is a great choice! It has many advantages over conventional lighting such as fluorescent tubes that are often very energy-intensive. Thanks to LED lighting, you will consume up to 70% less electricity, which will allow you to drastically reduce your bills. In addition, LED luminaires allow you to reduce maintenance costs because they have a much longer lifespan than conventional luminaires. They are also safer than halogen lamps which generate heat. The LED lighting is also guaranteed to be flicker-free, which allows you to make your work more pleasant without being disturbed by permanent flashes while you tinker.
It is important to note that LED lighting offers lighting comfort that limits migraines and eye irritation. It is therefore strongly recommended to improve well-being and visual comfort.
What type of lighting should you choose for your workshop?
No matter where your workshop is, it is essential to set up general lighting with sufficient light intensity. For workshops located in the basement or for garages where there is little natural light, the chosen light intensity is very important. For lighting performance and visual comfort, the brightness should be at least 500lx. You can therefore opt for general lighting with LED tubes, LED projectors or even LED tiles that you can place in the center of the room.
Which lighting to choose according to the workspace?
The different workspaces should not be illuminated in the same way. Indeed, to allow you to easily carry out work that requires greater concentration, it is important to choose lighting with a high light intensity.
For this type of task, wall lighting is ideal because it does not take up space on your workbench. You can also opt for accent lighting with a table lamp directly on your workbench to obtain more targeted lighting. LED wall lights are also widely used in garages or workshops. They provide lighting at your workbench. You can also use LED strips to illuminate the underside of your shelves if your workbench is placed below them.
Finally, for more technical repairs in hard-to-reach places like the car, you can use an LED projector that you can easily direct as you wish.
Choosing the right color temperature and CRI
In order not to alter your sight, it is important that the light does not reflect on your tools or on the parts you are working on. LED luminaires or bulbs must therefore be guaranteed to be glare-free. To do this, they must have a UGR of less than 19.
The color temperature should preferably be cold white as it is a suitable color for workshop lighting. This color facilitates concentration and helps to be more productive. In addition, when there is little natural light, it is advisable to use luminaires with LED bulbs in the color of daylight (6500 Kelvin). Finally, if you carry out work that requires precision, it is advisable to opt for LED luminaires with a color rendering index of 90-99 Ra. This will be closer to the natural color of the objects.
Workshop lighting: protection and safety
The lighting of this type of room may be subject to conditions and certain safety rules. To protect your luminaires and to make them last longer, it is therefore advisable to choose an LED luminaire with an IP65 protection index or higher. This index protects your luminaires from any splashes of water or dust. To do this, you can choose waterproof LED strips. They are easy to fix to the ceiling and have optimal protection against humidity and dust.