Obsessed Garage Lighting
4 bulb? 6 bulb? lumens? What does it all mean?
The biggest factor in choosing the right lighting for your space is getting coverage as even as possible. You don't want to have shadowy areas or hot spots. Just nice and even lighting all throughout. Because of this, we look less at what the overall Lumen Output is in the space, and really base it more on what positioning and bulb count makes the most sense to get near our baseline. For a typical 2 car garage we like to go with 6 fixtures, basically 3 for each parking bay. This translates well to other larger spaces as we just scale it up or down and add more fixtures as needed.
The other big variable here that really helps determine how much light is in the space is ceiling height. For 10ft and below, you definitely want to stick with the 4 bulb fixtures. For anyting 12ft and higher, the 6 bulb is ideal. That middle ground is where we can go either way depending on how many fixtures have been chosen. If things are getting pretty dense, it may make more sense to go with the 4 bulb fixture. If the space is larger, but not quite large enough to add another row of fixtures, then bumping up to a 6 bulb can help a lot.