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What is a Farm Shop Lighting Layout?

A Farm Shop Lighting Layout is a Lighting Plan that addresses the lighting in a specific farm workshop indoor area. Farm work shops are typically areas with ceiling heights that are less than 30 ft high. They house farm tractors and implements and a host of farm vehicles and provide a dry area to work on farm equipment.

Using photometric layout software, you can create a lighting model an indoor farm workshop area layout. It allows you to define workshop dimensions, ceiling height, existing light locations or ideal light location.

Lighting engineers can utilize different shop light fixtures at specific locations, orientations and height to determine what is the optimal design to provide the best garage lighting design solution.

The software calculates light levels and provides a comprehensive visual layout report. The report displays calculation points representing the foot candle reading at defined locations.

How many lumens do you need for a farm shop work area?

The number you need depends a lot on the use and type of work being performed.

For general work, consider 20-30 foot candles

For work around machines, consider 50-75 foot candles

For fine detail work, consider 100+ foot candles

40×60 Farm Workshop Lighting Example (target of 60 foot candles)

40X60 Farm Work

This shop is 40 ft X 60 ft with 25 ft high ceilings. The software calculated that it would need 8 150W LED UFO High Bays to achieve the 60 foot candles requirement.

Fixture Used

150W LED UFO High Bay (8 fixtures)


Farm Shop Lighting Calculator

To use this calculator, enter the following:

  1. Length, Width and Height of room in feet
  2. Lumen output of the fixture you want to test
  3. The desired foot candles of the fixture

What it will return:

The approximate number of fixture you will need to get the required foot candle levels. 

Please note: this is a lighting layout approximation tool. It should never be used in place of a lighting plan or photometric design. The basic tool we provide will not visually show how good the distribution is, light placement, what optic you may have to use or the avg/min foot candle ratios.

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Last Updated: 08/31/2020
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