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    Default Shop Lights on low ceiling

    I am using one of my garages for a shop area. It has a low ceiling, paper backed insulation packed between the joists, and there is a garage door. When the garage door is up, there is very little space between the door and the ceiling.

    Can I mount florescent light fixtures directly to the ceiling joists. Should I put up a piece of paneling to keep the light fixtures away from the paper backing?

    Thanks,

    Jerry

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    i would say yes and yes. it would be best to add some ttthing between the pspper and the light but its not so hot that you couldnt flush mont it.
    a 1"X6" pice of ine or even a strip of plywood would be a good idea. with the price of drywall plywood would be cheaper.
    the balests can get hot but i dont see it getting hot enough to cause a problem even without the backing but i would still add it anyway.
    thanks for the help
    ......or..........
    hope i helped

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    I agree with James, probably not necessary, but better to be safe than sorry, if it will fit.

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    Just but a light fixture made to be in direct contact with insulation.
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    I have a sheet of paneling that is not being used, I can put that up to shield the paper backing and then some 1 x 6 or 1 x 4 between the ficture and the paneling.

    Thanks,

    Jerry

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    Default hanging fixture

    Do you have enough room to put a bracket from the truss and drop the light about an inch or so from the insulation? or for that matter can you use a chain and drop it down just a couple of links? Back when I still did a lot of auto body work we placed lights around the walls and on the garage door itself so we didn't get a lot of shadow on the project we were working on. When the door was down we got light from all sides and when it was up we got that extra light from above. Just a couple of suggestions, Hope I helped. Dave
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    I put up a sheet of paneling that I found in the garage when I bought the house. Then I put up pieces of 1 x 4 x 8 leaving, one at each end of the fixture with an air gap between the paneling and the light fixture.

    The fixtures have not been tested for duration in this configuration, maybe tomorrow I will see how hot they get if I leave them on for hours.

    BTW - I have 1.7 inches of clearance between the fixture and the garage door when it is up.

    Thanks,

    Jerry

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    Cool Low ceilings

    have you thought of pot lights with a daytime light they fit flush with the ceiling and give a ton of light.

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    I did think of pot lighting, that will be in the larger shop over each machine. I already have 8 T-8 fixture out there.

    When I do my very delicate and fine work, I have T-8s and will have some pot lights in place some day.

    AS to the garage in question, I have 3 garages, it is a utility area and where I have my radial arm saw, work mates, saw horses and several other wood working arrangements. Next I want to put in an area that can handle large vises, both metal and wood types.

    Side note, I got some wall locker given to me, while taking them apart to get them in the van, one sheet panel was really bend up bad. I got body tools out, my welding sheet metal vice grips and my tamper (http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...34&lpage=none), cleaned the floor, and hit the sheet metal with the tamper. The tamper took most of the bent and badly wrinkled areas out. Great little tool to have. Then used the other tools to get the lip back into shape. Then bolted it back on. Now I have a locker to put my leathers and my buckets into.

    Jerry
    Last edited by jfsmith; 06-24-2007 at 10:02 AM.

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    every one loves a freebee, lets see some pic's of the locker. is it blue.
    that dosent look like too many of the sheetmetal tools ive seen but it sounds like it worked.
    Last edited by fun4now; 06-24-2007 at 10:21 AM.
    thanks for the help
    ......or..........
    hope i helped

    feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
    summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
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