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Old 30-01-2007, 10:17 PM   #1
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Question Garage Lighting... Idea's please...

As above, with my i have a garage, which i lock the Rallye in every night, but the only downside is it doesnt have electricity... neither is it close enough to run an extension lead etc...

But what i need ideally, is some light within the garage, so i can use it for more than just storing the car... Has anyone got any idea's what i can do? I guess something along the lines of rechargable lanterns etc? But the only ones i have found so far are low power, and wouldnt be worth it...

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Old 30-01-2007, 10:20 PM   #2
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Old 30-01-2007, 10:22 PM   #3
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get some cheep security flood lights
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Old 30-01-2007, 10:47 PM   #4
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is the garage anywhere near where you live? if it is quiet close u could get electricity by getting a big bit of wire like usual household cable then attach the plug and socket yourself and then run a floodlight from it
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Old 30-01-2007, 10:59 PM   #5
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Petrol generator with some floodlight things from B&Q? Could maybe even run a compressor off it
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Old 31-01-2007, 11:56 AM   #6
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you can get some rechargeable flurescent lights we have some at work and give a good light, i'll try find out where we got them, thats proberly your best bet if you cant get any power to your garage
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Old 31-01-2007, 11:58 AM   #7
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sumert like these
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Old 31-01-2007, 12:01 PM   #8
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As above, with my i have a garage, which i lock the Rallye in every night, but the only downside is it doesnt have electricity... neither is it close enough to run an extension lead etc...

But what i need ideally, is some light within the garage, so i can use it for more than just storing the car... Has anyone got any idea's what i can do? I guess something along the lines of rechargable lanterns etc? But the only ones i have found so far are low power, and wouldnt be worth it...

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mate....I had this EXACT same problem at my flat - the garage was 200 yards away with no lighting.

The best solution I found was a car battery or even better still a heavy duty long lasting battery which I used from a mobility scooter!!! yes, they last for ages!

I then just rigged up a 12v Light bulb and away you go, you can then just take the battery into your house every month or so for a re-charge (depending how long you ise it)

Have a look around though, there are loads of solar powered type tricle chargers that you could rig up on the roof of the garage pretty eay to keep it charged.

Thats what I did anyway.
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Old 31-01-2007, 12:18 PM   #9
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also worth noting though you wont be able to run any 240v power tools from that - maybe with an inverter but even then I think it will cane the battery too much :-(
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Old 31-01-2007, 01:12 PM   #10
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It would be worth making the effort to get 240v in there.
Also, have you tried searching for the new bluetooth electricity kit?
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Old 01-02-2007, 07:12 AM   #11
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A car battery or a deep cycle battery running an old headlight bulb would work pretty well, just take the battery and charge it in the house after using it for a few days, or just crocodile clip it to the car battery instead but go steady
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Old 01-02-2007, 07:19 AM   #12
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You could go green, have you got any way of producing your own power? sola (expensive) or wind turbine? Turbines are getting pretty cheap just store the power in a bank of batteries and it's there whenever you want it! and you can feel good about doing your little bit..
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:27 PM   #13
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OR take the plunge and run a cable from the house, but wire it in to the Fuse Board properly and have a seperate one in the garage.
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:30 PM   #14
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Thanks for the idea's guys, i think the battery idea would be the best, but more ideas are welcome!

I am renting the house, so attaching anything etc, or running cables may be a bit hard to do...
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Sounds like you need a Magic Torch to me
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:57 PM   #16
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i agree with sparks my fellow rr electrician,those would be ideal imo,we use a heavy duty variation of these on the railways,and would def be what id use,pretty cheap too.
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i agree with sparks my fellow rr electrician,those would be ideal imo,we use a heavy duty variation of these on the railways,and would def be what id use,pretty cheap too.
Those lanterns are crap - I tryed that. I tryed lanterns from argos (like the one in the link etc) they last about an hour when fully charged and the light is dismal!

TBH if you want experience from someone who was in the exact same situation read what I put Jamie.

Running mains to the garage is an absolute no no (runnin live 240v accross public or rented land). If you damage anything or hurt anyone (some one trips over the cable say) your in trouble. Also you cant fit a anything parmanent if its rented.

Again - get a good size heavy duty car battery or as I said a long life motablility scooter battery and get a 12v bulb in there!

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well there just a 4ft flurescent light but with two tube pretty silmilar to wot most of you may have in your kitchen at home, i find them to work very well and give of plenty of light and last for a fair amount of time, the battery idea is good aswell but then u have your cables to your light running round and getting in the way when ur trying to work under the car, cheers for the suport scollay us sparky must stick 2g4. lol
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well call me stupid,but are we not the lighting experts,how many other ppl on here understand and can calculate lux/lumens etc!lighing is my life blood!

but on a serious note,those particular ones may be crap,but as industry standard,emergncy lights must work for 3 hours in the event of mains failure,get a 5ft emergency fitting,then put a plugtop on it.thats wat id do personally!

we have battery powered lights for using on the trck,and they last a 12 hour shift no probs,see if i can get details tonight at work.
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well call me stupid,but are we not the lighting experts,how many other ppl on here understand and can calculate lux/lumens etc!lighing is my life blood!

but on a serious note,those particular ones may be crap,but as industry standard,emergncy lights must work for 3 hours in the event of mains failure,get a 5ft emergency fitting,then put a plugtop on it.thats wat id do personally!

we have battery powered lights for using on the trck,and they last a 12 hour shift no probs,see if i can get details tonight at work.
yeah iremember sumert like that at college now a days thou if it goes bang uve done it wrong if it works its a bonus. lol
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yeah iremember sumert like that at college now a days thou if it goes bang uve done it wrong if it works its a bonus. lol
tut tut!be ashamed of yourself! things should never go bang if youre a trained professional like us!those things get blamed on the apprents!haha!
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yeah but everything goes bang at work cos theres a lad who works for us and i nicknamed him banger( for obvious reasons) no im a pro i never do anything wrong at all .lol
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i agree with sparks my fellow rr electrician,those would be ideal imo,we use a heavy duty variation of these on the railways,and would def be what id use,pretty cheap too.
I also agree as a expired RR electrician!

These work best and i use them at work for testing buildings while the power is off! Car batterys in the flat a big no no!

I will be getting 2 of these for my new garage which is also a million miles away from the house, have my new garage and gym set up (back to pumping iron!)

http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/...73104&id=41277 or these, put out a great deal of light and last 3 hours
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