I thought I would start a separate thread from my garage build. That is over here.
New Garage Build
Anyhow, we are getting ready to start the electrical and have some decisions. Mainly we are looking at lighting. I was originally thinking LED lights like I installed in my shop/polebarn. Overall I am happy with the light output but my biggest concern with an LED fixture is what to do long term when one fails. If it is just one light, no big deal swap it out with a new one. However if I have 10 or 15 of them, are they still available or what issues will I have. For instance the ones in the shop are all linked together. Are the replacements compatible?
This has me thinking that I might want to go a different route.
Right now I am leaning toward going with florescent fixtures, probably a double bulb T8. Then install the LED replacement bulbs. I haven't ever used these before. What are the thoughts on this? I still need to come up with a number of fixtures but I am thinking I will do two banks as I am a little concerned about the difference between general lighting for just going out to the vehicle and wanting more light for working on something out there. Because of this I am thinking half the lights on a 4 way switch to cover all points of entry and the other half on a 3 way to cover the door going into the house and one closer to where I would envision working on things on the other end of the garage.
The other thing is exterior lighting. We have three exterior doors with the project (2 access doors and a patio door) and three garage doors (2- 9x9 and 1- 10x9). The roofline is so there is a soffit directly over all these doors with the exception of one of the access doors. We do have a large Metal Halide yard light not far that will cover all access locations (other than the patio door) so actual light isn't needed that much. It is more to satisfy the code requirement than anything.
Since there are soffits there we are leaning toward a cleaner look and go with soffit lights. I am thinking something like a 4" gimbal mount can with an LED bulb. I know I need to find one that is IC rated but something like this might work.
4 LED Gimbal Recessed Lighting New Consturction Renovation
The one thing I would like to do with the soffit light is to illuminate the posts that divide the single garage doors. That is why I am looking at the gimbal style so the light can be directed back at the divider. Thinking this will illuminate it better when backing into a garage stall where you are using your mirrors. I guess the biggest concern is if these will provide enough useful light. The contractor mentioned they are more accent light than usable light. I explained we are going to have other light in the area with the dusk to dawn yard light.
Here is a shot of the garage where you can see all the openings other than the patio door which is around the back side which will be coming out of the mud room to the patio that will be poured behind the garage.