Got a bit of flak for posting over in LJ so I thought my better bet may be here :) I wanted to document this process in case well – in case I ever need to refer back to it or maybe someone has the same dilemma’s I do about this process?
My workshop is in half of my two car garage and I want to install a four bulb florescent fixture to get as much light as possible since with winter I will be working with the garage door closed :) I was able to pick up a commercial/residential 2ft x 4ft fixture at Lowes today, but it is hardwired, not plug-in. Electricity isn’t my strong suite, but I’m willing to give it a go. I’d like to not burn things down – or at least be able to get insurance to pay for replacement. :D
The garage is wired to one 15 amp circuit (sucks but it’s what I have until we can add a sub panel), and on that circuit – that I know of/can track down – is one exterior outlet, three light switches and one outlet on the right side of the garage near the door. One of the switches runs the garage door opener, one switch runs the set of two outlets across the room (in a box of four) and the two ceiling outlets, and the other switch I’m not sure what it runs, but when we got the house it was covered with duct tape which has since worn off/fell off/was pulled off.
I currently have a two bulb florescent plugged into the ceiling outlet that is over the shop side of the garage, which is where I would like to install the hardwired light – or at least have the option to hardwire the light to the outlet, and possibly move the light that is plugged in somewhere else. The good thing is if it is wired to this outlet, I know one of the switches will turn it off, along with any of the tools I have plugged in on that side of the garage. Time to go grab some books and internet resources to see if I can figure out how this can be done once I see what all is loaded into the overhead outlet.