Light Paint

Decorate with pale colors on walls, ceilings and floors. Soft tones reflect more light, so you can use lower wattage bulbs and delay turning on lights until later in the day. Using high-gloss paint can help as well.
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Lighting Design

If you are installing new shop lights or positioning a workbench in your shop, a simple test can help you find the position for best illumination. Hold a pencil or dowel vertically, then check for shadows. Reposition your set-up to reduce shadows as needed. If you have strong shadows on one or more sides, consider buying more lights.
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Shop Lights

Brightening up your workplace will make work easier and cut down on mistakes and mishaps. To free your benchwork of glare and shadows use two 48-in. tubes in a utility fluorescent fixture, centered over the front edge of your workbench, 48 in. above the work area. For extra light to see details, consider portable halogen worklights. Tripods for these lights makes it easy to put light where you need it. Also consider clamping lamps with a 50-watt reflector bulb near task areas like vises and drill presses.
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Light Time

Turn off the lights in any room you're not using, or consider installing timers, photo cells, or occupancy sensors to reduce the amount of time your lights are on.
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Night Lights

Consider using 4-watt mini-fluorescent or electro-luminescent night lights. Both lights are much more efficient than their incandescent counterparts. Also, the luminescent lights are cool to the touch.
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Light Savings

Make a difference by making a small change. Pelacing just the top 3 most used incandescent light bulbs in your home with Energy Star labeled compact flourescent lights can cut your annual lighting bill by a third. Although they may cost more to purchase, thay can save enough energy to pay for themselves twice.
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Clean Bulbs

Believe it or not, the impact of dirty, dusty, insect-laden globes, diffusers, reflectors, or shades on your fixtures' light production and efficiency is enormous. So, if you're aiming for efficiency, get up there and clean them off!
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