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>> No. 2346 Anonymous
9th December 2017
Saturday 4:01 pm
2346 Garage w/ no mains, recommendations
I'm renting a garage with no mains power. I'd like a cheap and cheerful way to light it.

I could go the whole hog and buy a generator, but I've read that's noisy and expensive.

Ideally I'd like some sort of LED light, but I'm worried that it won't be powerful enough to light a fairly large garage. I don't know much about lighting, lumens, etc.. The benchmark I want is to be able to do basic maintenance or read a book with the garage door closed.

A related but less important thought is that I'd also like a heater. This wouldn't need to be much at all, just enough to take the chill off if I'm out there for a couple of hours.
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>> No. 2347 Anonymous
9th December 2017
Saturday 4:23 pm
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For comparison, a normal 60 watt bulb puts out 800 lumens and a 100 watt bulb puts out 1600 lumens. That would be a reasonable range for adequate lighting of a single garage.

Your choice will depend on how much battery life you need. If you'll only be in there for a few hours at a time, I'd suggest a rechargeable work light. This will give you a broad area of bright light, like an outdoor security light. The one at the link below will run for three hours on a charge at a maximum brightness of 1400 lumens. If you'll be in there a lot, I'd suggest adding a leisure battery, which will give you much longer running times. For working on the car, I'd also suggest a headlamp, which will give you good lighting in awkward corners.

For heating, you've got a choice between propane and paraffin. A propane heater is generally a bit cheaper to buy and heats up faster, but you have the inconvenience of taking your gas cylinder to be refilled. A paraffin heater can be a bit smelly and you occasionally have to fiddle about with mantles and wicks, but it's less faff to refuel. In either case, you'll want to make sure that your garage is very well ventilated and I'd suggest a carbon monoxide alarm.

>> No. 2348 Anonymous
9th December 2017
Saturday 5:25 pm
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Thanks. I had just stumbled on worklights when I noticed your post. I was about to pay the same price for a 750 lumen light. I went for your suggestion instead.

I probably won't be out there for any more than two or three hours a time.

About gas heaters, would some kind of little camping heater be suitable? Something like:


I might as well put a carbon monoxide alarm in there ahead of time, as it seems like something that should be in a garage anyway.
>> No. 2349 Anonymous
9th December 2017
Saturday 9:41 pm
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Those little camping heaters run on disposable butane canisters, which will get quite expensive over time. They're a reasonable choice if you just need to take the chill off occasionally. You can buy a second-hand paraffin heater for about £50, which would be a more economical choice if you're in the garage a lot.
>> No. 2364 Anonymous
27th December 2017
Wednesday 1:03 pm
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Just a note to say the worklight was spot on. Good illumination and it even has a little battery power readout.

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