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2024 How to calculate lumens lighting for a shop or garage ?

James Wilson |

Calculating the lumens required for lighting a shop involves several factors, including the size of the space, the type of activity that takes place in the shop, and the desired level of brightness. Here are the steps you can follow to calculate the lumens for lighting a shop:

  1. Determine the area of the shop: Measure the length and width of the space, and multiply these two numbers to get the square footage. For example, if your shop is 20 feet wide by 30 feet long, the square footage would be 600 square feet.

  2. Determine the lighting requirements: The amount of lighting required depends on the type of activity that takes place in the shop. For general lighting in a shop, a minimum of 50 lumens per square foot is recommended. For more detailed work, such as reading or assembly, 100-200 lumens per square foot may be necessary.

  3. Calculate the total lumens required: Multiply the square footage of the shop by the recommended lumens per square foot. For example, for a 600 square foot shop with general lighting needs, the total lumens required would be 600 x 50 = 30,000 lumens.

  4. Choose the appropriate light fixtures: Once you know the total lumens required, you can select the appropriate light fixtures. Look for fixtures with a lumen output that matches or exceeds the calculated lumens required.

  5. Consider additional factors: Other factors to consider when selecting light fixtures include the color temperature of the light (measured in Kelvin), the color rendering index (CRI), and the beam angle of the fixtures.


It's worth noting that the above calculations provide a general guideline for determining the lumens required for lighting a shop. If you have specific requirements or preferences, please contact us Hyperlite team to help you make lighting design.


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