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In an area dedicated to DIY, such as a workshop or garage, it is important to have good lighting. The installation of fluorescent strips eliminates shadows to work comfortably and safely.

Installation of fluorescent tubes in a workshop

In the same way as the circulation or arrangement of the different workstations, a good lighting in the workshop is a guarantee of security. For successful installation, the criteria to consider are the surface of the room, the possible presence of windows and the number of areas to be illuminated.

Multiplying light sources in a workshop

It is recommended multiply the light points and diversify them for guarantee good brightness and a blanket of the entire space. Here, this 39 m workshop2 is partitioned into three distinct areas: a storage area with wall shelves, a space with two worktops leaning against the wall and a mobile central island to work the bulky parts. Given this layout, it was decided to install four ceiling lights each powered by a fluorescent tube, 36 W for general lighting, plus a few directional spots directly above the two worktops.

Bright comfort in a workshop

A double switch at the entrance of the workshop commands a group of two tubes installed in series, thus allowing the lighting of the storage area or that of work as needed.
The fluorescent strips are often the best solution to enlighten the workshops. Their speed of ignition is appreciable just as their déflecteur which diffuses the light at a very wide angle (> 320°). The white light propagated is uniform, it does not denature the colors and does not tire the eyes.

A careful implementation

Scheduled upstream of the creation of this workshop, theceiling lights power supply has been partially recessed. The electrical conduits thus go through the different doublings made of metal frames and plasterboard. At the top of the insulating partitions, reservations were made in the plasterboard to remove the cables which were then distributed in IRL sheaths to each ceiling lamp.

determine the location of the ceiling

  • Using a tape measure, determine the location of the end of the dome light.
  • It is here off center given the implementation of work plans attached to the wall.

make the holes for the ceiling lights

  • With a perforator equipped with a concrete drill, make the fixing holes every 50 cm approximately.

insertion of the dowels in the ceiling

  • Insert the dowels to the mallet, then screw the hooks of the IRL tubes.

cutting the IRL tube

  • With a hacksaw, cut the IRL tube to the required length.
  • Add about 2 cm at each end, so that each penetrates the seal of the ruler.

clip the cable into the IRL tube

  • Slide the electrical cable into the IRL tube and clip it into the fasteners.
  • Over a long length, fit the IRL tubes to ensure a continuous connection to the ceiling.

locate the location of the fluorescent tube

  • Place the base of the luminaire blank against the ceiling with the end of the IRL tube penetrating inside or stopping 1 cm before.
  • Mark in pencil the location of the fastener clips.

screw the fixing brackets supporting the ceiling lamp

  • Drill, peg and screw the two fixing brackets supporting the ceiling light.
  • Make sure to use the correct dowels (hollow or solid materials) or give priority to universal models.

to strip electrical wires

  • Remove the excess sheath of the power cable from the cutter, then strip each wire with the pliers.
  • Connect them to the dedicated terminals according to the installation instructions.

screwing the fluorescent tube

  • Screw the fluorescent tube and test its ignition.
  • Place the fasteners on the base of the ceiling light and install the deflector in the grooves before closing the clips.

Tips for DIYers

  • In a humid environment, install the connectors provided to make the ceiling light perfectly waterproof.
  • In a reinforced concrete structural beam, to facilitate the penetrations during the fixing of the ceiling brackets of the ceiling lights, first identify the metal frames using a metal detector to find out where they are.


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