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How to Install LED Shop Lights

By By Ryan Iversen on 07/08/ on 07/12/2019

 

How to Install LED Shop Lights


If you have a garage, work shed or workshop that you do a project in, then you probably have lit it using shop lighting. Originally, these places were lit using fluorescent light fixtures that had tubes that didn’t last long and was tricky to dispose of. Nowadays, shop lights are made with energy efficient and long-lasting LEDs. These LED fixtures are amazing and have practically replaced almost every old, buzzing fluorescent fixture. In this article, we will be covering the basics on how to install LED shop lights.



Now before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to install these lights, we first must go over the two types of LED shop lights that TORCHSTAR offers. These two types of shop lights are distinguished by the way they are powered, hardwired and plug-n-play. Hardwired, for those who don’t know, is used to refer to lights that are directly connected to a location’s electrical circuits. Plug-n-play, on the other hand, refers to lights that use a power cord to draw power from an outlet to operate. Just plug it in to get the light to work.


Let’s move on to the basics of the installation process. The first step that must be taken in any project is planning. When you plan out your project, you can get a better understanding of where your lights are going, where the wiring is located or needs to be added and how many light fixtures you will need. You can also use this time to figure out what tools you will need to make installing the light easier and if you need the services of a licensed electrician. If you do need to hire an electrician, then it isn’t a bad thing. Hiring an electrician can actually save you a lot of headaches and it guarantees that the light will be installed to code.



So you planned out your project and got the tools you need. Now you’re ready to install your light. The only decision you need to make now is to either surface or suspension mount the light. Certain models of shop lights can be directly mounted to surfaces of ceilings or hung from them with chains or wire. In both of these cases, it is important that you make sure that the hardware that is keeping the light above your head is securely fastened. If something is looser than what it needs to be, it can result in damaging to your light from it falling, but also a potential injury to yourself as well.


Now let’s go over how to power these lights. If your model of shop light needs to be hardwired, then you need to do this first. Turn off the power. If you are connecting electrical wiring together, then you need to do this. Never connect wires together while there is still power flowing through the circuit as this can lead to a fatal accident. After the power is turned off at the fuse box or circuit breaker, turning off the power at the light switch is never enough, you can start the wire connection. The wires should be connected as follows, black to black, white to white and green to ground. After the wires are connected, cap them off with a wire nut, then twist the wire nut to secure the connection. For some extra assurance, you can wrap the connected wires and wire nuts in electrical tapes to make sure nothing comes apart.



Plug-n-play models are easier to set up, just plug the power cord in the nearest outlet to give it power. Some plug-n-play models are also able to be linked together to not only extend the light but also to save on outlets. This lets you connect your lights together and have outlets left over for other appliances. Just make sure that you aren’t connecting more lights than what is recommended. Each linkable model has a maximum number of fixtures that can be linked together. If you connect more lights than the recommended maximum, you could short out your lights, makes them dimmer than what they are and even shorten their lifespan as well. Always make sure you check the maximum number of fixtures that can be linked recommended for that model.


After there is power going to your lights, just turn them on to enjoy. Shop lights are a perfect way to light up your work areas. The light that these fixtures give you makes completing projects easier as you can see things better in a well-lit environment. Suspension or surface mounted, hardwired or plug-n-play, these lights are a flexible choice. Hopefully, this article has been helpful in giving you the basics in installing a shop light.


Product reference:


4ft 5000K LED Linear Shop Light

 

4ft 5000K Linkable LED Shop Light

 

4ft 40W LED Garage Wraparound

 

4ft LED Motion Activated Shop Light

 

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