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    Just moved into our new place. Garage is currently lit with one sad little bulb that does fuk all in the winter...

    Any suggestions, seems to me that the "easiest" would be to get a light-bulb plug convertor, and then get a couple 4 foot LED strips that plugged, versus me fighting with wiring..

    I dont need anything fancy, just need some light for when im in there working.

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    Have a read of this thread, some good info:

    https://forums.beyond.ca/threads/398...arage-lighting

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Penguin View Post
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    Have a read of this thread, some good info:

    https://forums.beyond.ca/threads/398...arage-lighting
    thanks. Mods you can delete this, i didn't search well enough

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    A few daisy-chainable fluorescent fixtures with LED bulbs would be easy to install and hella bright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BerserkerCatSplat View Post
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    A few daisy-chainable fluorescent fixtures with LED bulbs would be easy to install and hella bright.
    thats what im leaning towards

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    Keep in mind with those bulb socket converters you can only run 2 prong as far as I know. I rewired my socket to plugs and followed some instructions online to ensure it was properly bonded/to code, super easy to do, then daisy chain plug in led bars for awesome lighting.

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    Yeah I think it's your best bang for your buck, considering how cheap the LED stuff is these days. I hardwired mine in because I got a bunch of old fluorescent fixtures with dead ballasts for free, but the plug-type should work just as well and are easier to install.

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    Sweet, I didn't even know they had lightbulb to socket converters.

    I know sweet all about wiring so this would work great for a newb like me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rx7boi View Post
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    Sweet, I didn't even know they had lightbulb to socket converters.

    I know sweet all about wiring so this would work great for a newb like me.
    thats kind of my thoughts. changing light fixtures is pretty low-level wiring, but this is way easier

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    J-hop is correct that bulb->plug adapters are only 2-prong. For all the minimal effort it takes, I'd just install an actual plug there - not to mention that finding LED fixtures with 2-prong leads may be difficult.

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    They sell 3 prong light fixtures at CT and lowes. Just did this at a family members garage yesterday along with 5 Costco led 4ft shop lights plus 2 extension cords.

    Total cost was $300 for lighting that looks like a professional shop, and all by a flick of a switch.

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    That's not a bulb-to-socket adapter, that's a lamp base with an integrated socket. While a good option, it would take exactly the same amount of wiring effort as installing a normal outlet in the box.

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    Well that’s pretty much the same as wiring in a plug, only difference is you retain the bulb socket. So both would be the same effort

    Edit: beat me to it!
    Last edited by J-hop; 12-10-2018 at 09:56 PM.

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    I can wire in an outlet for you bud. Peice of cake.

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    having now looked into it, looks pretty simple to change over the stupid single bulb to an outlet. Just need to figure out the light, as those kick-ass ones in the other thread seem to be non-existant now

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    My lightbulbs in my garage is way too high lol. I'll need a massive ladder to make it up there.

    If I can install wired smoke detectors, I'm probably good to switch a bulb to an outlet right?

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    Turn off the breaker. Test that you have turned off the CORRECT breaker (lol, this is important), and then yeah, it's a piece of cake. If you don't have enough slack, or you need to make any splices or extensions, put those into junction boxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent.ff View Post
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    having now looked into it, looks pretty simple to change over the stupid single bulb to an outlet. Just need to figure out the light, as those kick-ass ones in the other thread seem to be non-existant now
    Just get the Costco LED shop lights. They're in stock every time I go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tik-Tok View Post
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    Just get the Costco LED shop lights. They're in stock every time I go.
    A big x2 on this.

    5 of these in a 24x22 garage work great. I can post pics of how bright it is if needed.

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