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  • Superficial
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    I have no suggestions, only sympathy. My garage has light, but nothing else and it’s pissing annoying. I’m moving house next week and a powered garage is genuinely the thing I’m looking forward to the most.

    I will be able to charge my lights / garmin / phone
    I’ll have proper lighting rather than one solitary 60W bulb (in the middle so it casts a shadow on EVERYTHING)
    I will be able to listen to music
    I’ll be able to use a compressor
    I’ll be able to use power tools

    Is this helping?

    Premier Icon nickdavies
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    How big is the garage? Would have thought LED tube lighting would be your best bet – maybe 3x T8’s would do a single garage? 3 5ft tubes 66w, which would give you 16hours light on a 90ah leisure battery I think…?

    If you keep it all 12v and don’t need proper power then solar chargers on the roof? Or what about rigging an alternator to a turbo… 😆

    Premier Icon Jerome
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    Any suggestions.
    Thinking of a big led set that i can mains charge.
    Poss using a car battery
    Anyone done this, or seen something sensible.
    No mains in garage but it is only 2 mins walk away so can carry a car battery from home..
    Cheers
    J.

    cbike
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    LED easy peasy.

    I used 2m of Labcraft stuff in my van and it was ambulance style bright. Also used for working light in a massive building recently and it was acceptable. The tape was stuck in aluminum C shaped extrusion to increase robustness or you can get the labcraft style stuff from caravan suppliers.

    d45yth
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    You can buy rechargeable work lamps cheap enough these days…I wouldn’t be fighting on with car batteries.

    trail_rat
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    Just buy a shed lighting kit from ledhut.

    External solar panel

    Internal lights and battery – 5 m cable.

    I had an early incarnation of it in my garage pre led technology.

    Much easier than pissing about with car batteries

    Premier Icon Jerome
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    Thanks guys.
    Lots of things for me to investigate.
    It is not my garage/ on my property so the solar thing may not be ideal, but will try and make it work as that seems the best solution.

    Premier Icon Jerome
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    Thanks stoner,
    Very interesting..

    m360
    Member

    Coleman Nightstar lantern 8)

    Premier Icon gofasterstripes
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    Glow sticks.

    Jamie
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    Solar panel?

    Premier Icon Daffy
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    Buy a small generator.

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    These are great, really good spread with no hotspots.

    Years ago I had a car battery hooked up to a car foglight, with a switch. Lasted for quite a while and just needed charged every so often.

    Dibbs
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    Those Screwfix worklights were on offer the other week (20 something quid) keep an eye out I’m sure they’ll be on again.

    Premier Icon stevied
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    The light of Earendil? Great for scaring off the big spidees hiding in the dark corners too 😉

    Premier Icon nemesis
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    I’ve ordered a shed lighting kit from LED hut (£13) (thanks trail_rat) for my shed as it goes as that’s pitch black inside and I don’t want the hassle of running power to it if I don’t need to – I’ll let you know how it goes.

    jonnouk
    Member

    Those screwfix battery worklights are really bright but not very diffuse so they are not good for detail work in the confined spaces of a garage. Plus, the battery doesn’t last more than 3hrs.

    I found it doable to use one of those plus a bike light and a head torch when I worked on my mx bike in a garage.

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    I’m about to build a solar panel from cheap broken cells and rig it up to a leisure battery.
    More of a fun project with my son than one that has to succeed, but I’ll let you know how it goes.
    It’ll be a fair few hours work though.

    These are the cells I bought:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400gr-6×6-polycrystalline-broken-solar-cells-about-160w-solar-power-/371030406106?pt=UK_Gadgets&hash=item566322b3da

    There are loads of howto videos on youtube.

    Superficial – Member
    I have no suggestions, only sympathy. My garage has light, but nothing else and it’s pissing annoying. I’m moving house next week and a powered garage is genuinely the thing I’m looking forward to the most

    Hopefully moving into new place next month, proper garage, with light, power, shelving, the lot. I even have a couch to put in it, and a stereo. ight even locate a wee fridge.

    Going to get the tools up on the wall too, what are folks using for that? Pegboard?

    mtbmatt
    Member

    Just eat more carrots.

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    Pegboard?

    I found that the retail world has abandoned pegboard, so it’s not as easy to get fittings as it once was. I kept finding links lead me to the US 🙁
    They use slatboard instead which doesn’t allow for as dense a layout.

    Still trying to work out what to use instead.

    Premier Icon Jerome
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    Thanks for input.
    I went with a big pot of radium paint in the end.
    Added benefit is that I continue to glow after leaving the garage..

    Premier Icon nemesis
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    Going to get the tools up on the wall too

    Ikea magnetic knife racks for me

    sweepy
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    Got a link for that shed kit nemesis (or trail rat)

    Im using a tilley and its a bit of a faff

    Premier Icon nemesis
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    Here you go – it’s not going to be mega bright by my reckoning but it’s enough for what I need (just finding things in the shed basically)

    http://www.ledhut.co.uk/solar-flood-light-pir-80-lumens.html

    AlexSimon – Member

    I found that the retail world has abandoned pegboard, so it’s not as easy to get fittings as it once was. I kept finding links lead me to the US

    Right – drawing similar blanks here just now.

    Want to draw the outlines of them, etc. A sheet of ply with nails should do just fine though.

    sweepy
    Member

    Ta mate, that’ll be ideal. If ive got much to do I use the ginormous extension lead for light and power but for just general rummaging will be fine.

    Premier Icon gofasterstripes
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    General rummaging is usually lit buy a computer screen, no?

    Premier Icon nemesis
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    Funnily enough I did consider that – problem is that they obviously only work during the day (and really only when it’s reasonably sunny)

    Stevet1
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    fair do’s, I just love the idea.

    Premier Icon gofasterstripes
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    Also, cutting a hole in your roof is only a good idea in a dryish country.

    Premier Icon nemesis
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    They do use sealant afterwards…

    Premier Icon nemesis
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    Just as a followup, I got the solar charge light I linked above and it seems to do the job well – it’s easy to mount and plenty bright enough for my shed. I wouldn’t want to be doing fiddly bike work with it but then that’s not what I got it for.

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