Shop Lighting Plan

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Shop Lighting Plan – What is it?

A Shop Lighting Plan is created using specialized lighting software. The end result is a visual report that is a representation of the shop or work area that shows fixture installation locations, light levels (measured in foot candles) and details on how well balanced the light is across the shop floor space. Shops are typically indoor areas with ceiling heights that are less than 20 feet high.

They are areas where work is done and performed. The work may be complex and detailed, and having a well lit area increases work quality and improves worker safety.

Using special lighting photometric software, we can model an indoor shop area layout plan. You start by defining the physical dimensions of the shop including width, length, ceiling height and existing light locations. If the space is irregular in shape, that can also be modeled. If the space is new, then fixture locations can be determined.

Our lighting engineers can add LED shop light fixtures at specific locations, angles, orientation and height.

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

The plan can be altered. Lights can be changed out, added, removed and moved. We can tweak the plan until the light levels and balanced are perfected.

How many lumens do you need for a shop?

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

For general shop work, consider a target between 20 and 30 foot candles

For work around machinery, consider a target between 50 and 75 foot candles

For fine detail work, consider a target 75 to 100 foot candles

30 X 40 shop

30x40 Pole Barn Lighting Plan

For this 30 X 40 shop lighting plan, we have assumed 14 foot ceiling and a 57 foot candle requirement. 

The 120W UFO High Bays put out an ideal amount of light to fill the space.

40 X 60 shop

how many lights in a 40x60 shop

For this 40 X 60 shop lighting plan, we have assumed 14 foot ceiling and a 65 foot candle requirement. 

The 150W UFO High Bays put out an ideal amount of light to fill the space.

100 X 100 shop

Shop Photometric Plan 75 Fc 1

This shop is 100 ft X 100 ft with 20 ft high ceilings. The software calculated to use 42 150W LED UFO High Bays to meet the 75 foot candles requirement.

Want a Free Shop Lighting Plan?

We have done 100’s of Free Shop Lighting Plans. We can dial in the light levels you’re looking for and make your shop bright and safe!

Easy to use Shop Lighting Calculator

To use the shop lighting calculator, enter:

  1. Length, Width and Height of shop area in feet
  2. Lumens output of LED fixture you want to test
  3. The target foot candles of the shop

What it will return:

Number of LED fixtures to get close to the required foot candles. 

Please note: this is a lighting plan approximation tool. It should not re-place an actual lighting plan. This basic shop lighting calculator we provided will not visually show you how balanced the light is, where the lights should be placed and what optic you should select. 

Its a basic calculator using space, lumens and foot candles.

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