How To Install LED Shop Lights

Installing LED shop lights in your workshop, basement or storage is a simple approach to make your house extra user-friendly and safer. LED shop lights are an amazing alternative for lots of causes:

More economical to function

No pricey bulbs to interchange

No warm-up required

Come on instantly at full brightness

They additionally final a very long time; the AntLux LED shop light featured on this tutorial ought to final for as much as 50,000 hours!

The AntLux Lighting gives a large assortment of fluorescent and LED store lights. For this undertaking, I selected the 4 foot Linkable LED Shop Light. It cranks out a pleasant, brilliant 3,200 lumens of sunshine, it’s Energy Star rated, it comes with a five-year assure and it’s easy to put in. Not to say its “instant on” functionality right down to -4° makes it an amazing alternative for my unheated store within the chilly Northeast.

Determine Number of Lights Needed

Before you head for the lighting aisle, take into consideration your lighting wants. If the lights are for basic lighting in a storage or basement, you’ll want far fewer than you’d for a workshop meant for doing intricate work. In our 24’ x 24’ storage, as an example, there have been 4 4’ fluorescent fixtures there once we purchased the place. Since all we do is park the automobiles and stow yard gear there, it has labored out okay.

For my 28’ x 32’ workshop alternatively, I ended up with a complete of 25 four-foot LED store lights. I’ll be doing a whole lot of woodworking and a restoration of an previous bike, and I need my work space to be very properly lit. I put a row of lights two ft out from the top wall and wrapped them across the nook. All my workbenches shall be in opposition to these partitions, so this may give me loads of gentle. The remainder of the lights (spaced in rows six ft aside) gentle up the remainder of the store fantastically.

Along with a five-foot energy wire, the AntLux linkable LED shop light include a 13” linking wire and an end-to-end connector, permitting you to chain as much as 9 of the lights collectively. I used the 13” wire, which truly areas the lights a foot aside. That setup supplies loads of gentle.

For most brightness (or a sleeker look), the end-to-end connectors give the looks of 1 lengthy, steady gentle. If you need the lights additional aside, or to show a nook like mine did, there’s additionally a five-foot connector out there.

Check for Available Outlets

The different consideration is an influence supply for the lights. If there’s already an outlet within the ceiling, life is sweet. And, if it’s a switched outlet, you’re main a charmed life; nonetheless, if it is advisable to add an outlet to energy your lights, or wish to add a swap to an current outlet, try our how-to article on HomeFixated. In any case, attempt to plan your format in order that your first gentle’s energy wire shall be shut sufficient to the outlet that you just gained’t want an extension wire.

Determine Lighting Layout

There are a few choices for hanging your LED store lights. They’re not very heavy, so a easy 8-penny end nail or a small hook will do the trick. If the sunshine shall be utilized in an space with uncovered ceiling joists with no plans to cowl it with drywall, end nails are a simple and cheap approach to get the job performed. If you have got a completed ceiling or plan to cowl up the joists, seize some hooks to your set up.

If you’re solely including a few lights, the job will go rapidly if you happen to simply place the lights so the outlet is inside attain of the sunshine’s energy wire. If you’ll be chaining the lights, measure and mark the place your nails or hooks will go and put all of them in. That means, when you begin putting in the lights, you may zoom proper by means of.

Here are the format measurements… The chains on every gentle are roughly 42” aside, so make your first two marks 42” aside. If you’re chaining lights, and utilizing the 13” connectors, mark the primary hanging level for the following gentle 18” from the final mark. For end-to-end connectors, make the mark 6” from the final mark. For the five-foot extension, the following mark can be 54” away. In every case, the following mark, for the second chain on that gentle, can be 42” additional alongside.

Now simply repeat that course of till you’ve marked out the place all of your hanging factors shall be.

Install Hanging Hooks or Nails

Once your marks are made, return and set up your end nails or hooks. If you’re utilizing nails, hammer one in on the aspect of every joist about an inch up from the underside of the joist with the highest angling upward. The nails solely should go in about ¾” – 1”, so attempt to get them roughly the identical distance up from the underside of the joist.

If you’re utilizing hooks, they have to be anchored into wooden. If they’re solely screwed into drywall, issues are assured to finish badly. Usually, the hooks might be screwed into place by hand or with a pair of pliers. If you have got significantly cussed wooden, you could wish to pre-drill earlier than placing them in.

Assemble LED Shop Lights

The linkable LED shop lights come nearly fully assembled. All it’s a must to do is connect the chains and energy wire or linking wire they usually’re prepared to hold.

Each finish of the LED fixture has a three-pronged recessed connector. They’re very related, however the “Power in” finish (recognized by some printing on the highest of the sunshine) has slightly notch that matches up with a nub on the ability wire. Fully insert the ability wire; if one other gentle shall be related to it, insert the linking cable or end-to-end connector into the opposite finish utilizing the top with out the nub. For lights that shall be added to the chain, join a linking cable to the power-out finish, inserting the sleek connector.

The lights include two chains with S-hooks hooked up to at least one finish. Simply insert the top of the hook into the slot offered close to every finish of the sunshine and crimp the top in with a pair of pliers. There are two further S-hooks, which can be utilized to attach the highest of the chain to bigger nails or hooks if wanted.

Each LED gentle comes with a pull-chain within the middle to show it on and off. If you’ll be controlling the lights with a swap, briefly insert an influence wire to ensure the pull chain is within the “ON” place earlier than putting in the sunshine. If you’ll be controlling the lights with the pull chain, you could wish to lengthen the quick piece dangling from the sunshine. It’s simple: Just snap on the extension chain supplied with the sunshine earlier than you hold it from the ceiling.

Hang LED Shop Lights

Now merely hold your lights from the nails or hooks you put in. Make positive the primary one has the ability wire finish dealing with towards the outlet. Get your subsequent gentle, hold it, and insert the top of the linking cable or flush connector from the earlier gentle into the “power in” connector, to firmly join the 2 lights collectively. Repeat till all of the lights are related. For lights on the finish of the run, slightly finish cap is offered to fill the connector recess. This is to maintain the bugs, filth and random cooties at bay.

One final thing to remember… If you’re putting in your LED lights in a constructing with an overhead door, verify for sufficient clearance. With the door raised, be sure that the lights and wiring shall be properly away from the door. This will stop pointless foul language and a visit to purchase substitute lights after they get sheared off the ceiling.

Materials wanted:

AntLux 4ft LED shop light

Tools wanted:




Step ladder

Tape measure

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