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The most important thing I wanted in my garage makeover was good lighting! I've been in my house for 20 years now and the lighting in the garage has always been terrible. The two overhead lights didn't give complete light coverage so there were lots of dark corners. It was a chore to work in there.
Steph did a lot of research to determine what fixtures would be best to give wall to wall light coverage. She found these LED lights that only needed to be plugged in and not hard wired. Plus, up to 9 could be daisy chained together to work together.
In the box with the new light fixtures was everything needed to make the lights work. We only needed to purchase hooks and anchors to hang them. The package included cables to connect the lights at different lengths apart, a pull chain, end caps, and a power cord. We needed to buy (3) additional 5' extension cables as our lights were located further apart.
Before we could hang the lights we needed to do some electrical work. As we were evaluating our electrical needs we realized that we needed more projects done than we felt comfortable undertaking. We wisely called in a pro to handle the electrical needs. The two electricians were able to complete our list in about 2 hours including removing both of the light fixtures and wiring up the new outlets.
Looking at this makes me chuckle. When we were putting up the Wall Control pegboard, we realized that one of the panels was going to cover up the outlet. That is when we looked around and saw that there were only two usable outlets in the garage. We really needed an additional one on this wall. We started making a list of the electrical needs we had and that's when we called in the pros! Electrical work can be very dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. We knew our limitations and knew this was not a DIY project.
Once we got the lights hung at the proper height, Steph went around and cut off the excess chain. We used a pair of Wiss Straight-Cut Aviation snips. The comfort grip handles made of rubber make them easy to grip and use. We had a lot of chain to cut so we really put them to the test. I found them particularly helpful to cut through some tough plastic packaging!
The light in here is amazing now! There is now wall to wall light coverage, just like I wanted--no more dark corners! Best of all, the lights are still controllable by the original switch. By the way, it didn't need it, but the electricians also changed out the original switch for a nice clean white one to match all the others. It's the little things!
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