Building a new addition to your home? You may need some extra, but temporary lighting fixtures to get the job done. No, it is by no means permanent. The purpose of permanent-style luminaire installation is to make the luminaire lasting-and maintenance-for many years, even decades. On the other hand, the purpose of installing temporary lighting is to use fixtures only for a limited time.
About to do some much-needed renovations on your home? Whether they’re purely cosmetic or full-on demolition projects, temporary lighting is the trusty stand by homeowners rely on to get the job done safely and securely. Below, we compiled the best tips, tricks, and lighting options.
Before You Begin
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Don’t jump headfirst into the nearly endless temporary lighting fixtures in stores and online. Instead, review the product specifications and needs for your current home project.
Consider These Factors When Choosing Temporary Light:
Location (for the fixture)
Number of units needed
Energy saving or efficiency
Installation and Deinstallation
All of the above elements, including the determination of the budget, are crucial to the ultimate achievement of durable, safe, and reliable lamps. The price of temporary lighting varies, depending on the size of the project and the number of lamps required to illuminate the work space or outdoor location. Temporary lights may start at less than US$10, but various fixed lights or heavy-duty string lights may start at more than US$200.
To ensure the brightest workspace possible, having the right tools and safety elements in place is paramount. From appropriate wattage to light guards and sockets, homeowners should secure the appropriate tools and fixtures before they attempt to install temporary lighting.
Needed Safety Elements and Accessories:
Precise Wattage: all homeowners need to use the appropriate wattage for their fixtures
Lamp Guards: cage-like structure to house light bulbs and sockets
Sockets: to secure lamps into guards
Stringers: to hang lights
Canopy Switch: for turning the fixtures on and off safely
Once you have tent poles for these elements based around your home renovation project, you can begin to source the right and safe light source.
Types of Temporary Lighting
The clamp lamp is simple, durable, scratch-resistant, suitable for home work spaces and small maintenance projects. These versatile and budget-friendly aluminum fixtures can be easily set up in any area to illuminate dark corners or hard-to-reach areas. Or, they can simply illuminate the room with overhead lights. No matter what your goal is, the fixture light is installed quickly; plug and play.
LED Maintenance Work Lights
LED lights are invaluable for the renovation of indoor and outdoor spaces. For homeowners working on backyard patios, cabins and wet bars, energy-saving LED work lights are essential. This adjustable fixture can guide a stable beam or cycle through a variety of light modes, including flashlights for optimal safety. The LED work light is also equipped with foot spikes so that the equipment can be easily fixed on the ground. This is the perfect choice for designing outdoor bars and kitchen corners, fire pits, barbecue spaces and entertainment areas.
LED Stringer Lights
Need more energy-saving lamps? LED string lights need to replace zero bulbs and illuminate any place with a total lumens of 8000. Each simple daisy chain of eight units, these blows and durable string lights also resist rain and dust.
For workshops or more serious workplaces, portable lamps are ideal. A 60-watt heavy-duty portable cage light provides LED efficiency combined with sturdy steel, safe and durable. The light turns on immediately, making installation very simple. In addition, the portable light will illuminate any space for many years because it has a 5-year warranty.
Fluorescent Light Strings
Commercial-grade string lights can withstand a variety of projects and climates. This 50-foot temporary cage lamp is perfect for basements, attics and outdoor areas-wherever the homeowner needs a bright area. These weatherproof luminaires are equipped with oversized cages to accommodate bulbs up to 75 watts, ensuring that the light can effortlessly drive away even the darkest places.
LED work light source’s advantages and characteristics:
- the characteristics of LED light source
- Voltage: LED uses low voltage power supply, power supply voltage between 6-24V, varies according to different products, so it is a safer power supply than the use of high voltage power supply, especially suitable for public places.
- Efficiency: 80% less energy consumption than incandescent lamps with the same light efficiency
- Applicability: Small, each unit LED chip is 3-5mm square, so it can be prepared into various shapes of devices, and suitable for changeable environment
- Stability: 100,000 hours, light decline is 50% of the initial
- Response time: the response time of its incandescent lamp is millisecond level, and that of LED lamp is nanosecond level
- Environmental pollution: no harmful metal mercury
- Color: change the current can change color, led easily through chemical modification method, adjust the band structure and band gap of the material, to achieve red, yellow, green, blue, orange multi-color light.For example, when the low current is red LED, with the increase of current, can turn orange, yellow, and finally green
- Price: LEDS are expensive. Compared with incandescent lamps, several leds can cost as much as one incandescent lamp, and usually 300 to 500 diodes are required for each set of lights
Three, the type of monochromatic light LED and its development history
The earliest LED light source made of semiconductor P-N junction luminescence principle came out in the early 1960s.The material used at that time was GaAsP, which emits red light (λ P =650nm), with a luminous flux of only a few thousandths of a lumen at a driving current of 20 mA, and a corresponding luminous efficiency of about 0.1 lumens/watt.
In the mid-1970s, elements In and N were introduced to make LEDS produce green light (λp=555nm), yellow light (λp=590nm) and orange light (λp=610nm), and the light efficiency was also improved to 1 lumen/watt.
By the early 1980s, GaAlAs LED light sources were available, allowing red leds to achieve an efficiency of 10 lumens per watt.
In the early 1990s, two new materials, GaAlInP with red and yellow light and GaInN with green and blue light, were successfully developed, which greatly improved the light efficiency of LED.In 2000, the former LED had an efficiency of 100 lumens per watt in the red and orange regions (λp=615nm), while the latter LED had an efficiency of 50 lumens per watt in the green regions (λp=530nm).
Four, the application of monochromatic light LED
At first, LED was used as the indicator light source of instruments. Later, LED of various light colors was widely used in traffic signal lights and large-area display screens, which produced good economic and social benefits.The 12-inch red traffic light, for example, is a long-lived, low-efficiency 140-watt incandescent that produces 2,000 lumens of white light.After passing through a red filter, the light is lost by 90%, leaving only 200 lumens of red light.In its new design, Lumileds uses 18 red LED lights that, including circuit losses, consume 14 watts of power to produce the same effect.
Automobile signal lamp is also an important field of LED light source application.In 1987, China began to install high brake lights on cars. Due to the fast response speed (nanosecond level) of LED, it can let the driver who follows the vehicle know the driving situation as soon as possible and reduce the occurrence of car rear-end accidents.
In addition, LED lights have been applied in outdoor red, green, blue full-color display, key button type mini flashlight and other fields.
Five, Development of white LED
To general illume character, people needs white illuminant more.In 1998, LED emitting white light was successfully developed.This LED is made of GaN chip and yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) package together.The GaN chip emits blue light (λp=465nm, Wd=30nm), and the YAG phosphor containing Ce3+ produced by high temperature sintering emits yellow light emission after excited by this blue light, with a peak value of 550nm.The blue LED substrate is installed in a bowl-shaped reflecting chamber and covered with a thin layer of resin mixed with YAG, approximately 200-500nm.Part of the blue light emitted by the LED substrate is absorbed by the phosphor, and part of the blue light is mixed with the yellow light emitted by the phosphor to produce white light.Now, for InGaN/YAG white LED, by changing the chemical composition of YAG phosphor and adjusting the thickness of the phosphor layer, we can obtain a color of 3500-10000K white light.
What’s Features need to Look For the temporary work light?
Brightness & Adjustability
If you need a light source that provides different brightness levels look for work lights that have selectable lumen output settings. For example a light may feature two different lumen output settings like 800 lumen or 1000 lumen.
Because LED brightness can be adjusted look for work lights that have a wide range of brightness settings i.e. 2000 lumen to 10,000 lumen. This way the light can be set for the proper amount of brightness needed depending on the work environment.
Power Source – Corded or Cordless
LEDs can work on both AC and DC power. As a result, many LED work lights are cordless and use a rechargeable battery for the power supply. Cordless LED lights are generally smaller, lighter and easy to transport.
Look for rechargeable LED work lights that use a Lithium Polymer Ion battery (Li-Poly) versus a Lithium Ion battery (Li-Ion). Li-Poly Ion batteries will provide a longer battery life and are comparatively much safer than a Li-Ion battery.
Some LED work lights offer both a corded AC power option and a rechargeable option. These options are usually found on LEDs with higher lumen output (8,000 +) and provide a continuous power but still offers the flexibility of a portable light when no AC source is available.
Waterproof, Water-resistant and Dustproof (IP Rating)
When choosing an LED work light consider the environment in which it will be used. Dust and water are the two elements that typically cause damage to electrical equipment so look for lights that are waterproof, water-resistant and dustproof. Waterproof and dustproof don’t always mean the same thing for all devices. Look for the light’s Ingress Protection Rating commonly referred to as an IP rating. For example a LED work light with an IP67 rating means it is fully protected from dust and can also withstand being submerged in about 3.3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Whereas a light with an IP65 rating means it is protected from dust and against low pressure spray like from a nozzle.
Other Features and Options
Consider other features and functions that are available when choosing a work light.
Magnetic Base – is an alternative option that a mechanic may find useful so the light can be attached to the frame of the car or under the hood.
Power Bank – gives the user the option to charge other devices like a cell phone.
Bluetooth Speakers – are now an option with some work lights allowing the user to stream music along with illuminating the work area.
Tripods & Stands – are accessories that will allow work lights to be mounted at different heights giving the ability to illuminate a larger area.
Battery Level Indicator – this is a feature that shows the charge level of the battery.
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