Best LED Shop Lights

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 6, 2018
Scientific research has already proven that a lack of light can lead to health problems, which is why we recommend getting a few LED shop lights. These lamps offer amazing brightness of illumination without eating up too much energy, a great choice for a thrifty buyer. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Kit contents
Light features (1 lamp)
Power source
Mounting
Warranty
 
PROS

The lamps come with steel wires for hanging the light source as high or low as you want. This will come in handy for rooms with tall ceilings.

CONS

The device gets quite heated during work.

OUR VERDICT

This lamp can be hung from the ceiling or mounted on the wall depending on your preference, which makes it great for those that like working in their garage and need to have light right above the car. However, it's pretty energy-hungry since it covers quite a large area. Perfect for large open spaces.

detailed parameters
Kit contents

1 x 8 ft LED lamp, 1 x power cord

Light features (1 lamp)

Power: 72W

Brightness: 8378 Lumens

Color Temperature: 5000k (Crystal white glow)

Power source

AC

Mounting

Wall, Ceiling, Under Cabinet (mounting hardware included)

Warranty

5 years

PROS

The body of the lamp is made of rust-resistant steel so you can mount it outside to light the adjacent area without worrying about rain damaging the equipment.

CONS

You'll have to find connecting wires separately if you decide to get several lamps.

OUR VERDICT

This is one of the few lamps that can be placed safely outdoors and it's also wide enough to cover a larger area than most. It may be tough to find the place for it but once you do, it's a reliable and durable piece of equipment.

detailed parameters
Kit contents

1 x 8 ft LED lamp, 1 x power cord

Light features (1 lamp)

Power: 48W

Brightness: 4000 Lumens

Color Temperature: 5000k (Crystal white glow)

Power source

AC

Mounting

Wall, Ceiling, Under Cabinet (mounting hardware included)

Warranty

5 years

PROS

Each lamp is just 4 feet long and pretty compact overall, making them perfect choices for under cabinet lighting.

CONS

The connecting cords are pretty short.

OUR VERDICT

These small lamps will be easy to install pretty much anywhere, though they won't cover as much ground as some of the bigger models. Thus, we recommend them for offices, garages, kitchens, and other places where you need bright and focused lighting.

detailed parameters
Kit contents

6 x 4 ft LED lamps, 5 x connecting cords, 6 x power cords

Light features (1 lamp)

Power: 20W

Brightness: ~2200 Lumens

Color Temperature: 6500k (Super bright white)

Power source

AC

Mounting

Wall, Ceiling, Under Cabinet (mounting hardware included)

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The lamps are extra-resistant to power surges and work between 85 and 265 V, keeping their brightness regardless of the electricity levels.

CONS

Some users have complained about the quality of joint clips.

OUR VERDICT

A set of lamps protected against any power surges will come in handy to keep your workplace illuminated in cases where all other devices fail. They're quite bright yet compact and thus easy to mount anywhere. If you're worried about safety, these Hypergiant lamps are the way to go.

detailed parameters
Kit contents

8 x 4 ft LED lamps, 6 x connecting cords, 4 x power cords

Light features (1 lamp)

Power: 20W

Brightness: ~2200 Lumens

Color Temperature: 6500k (Super bright white)

Power source

AC

Mounting

Wall, Ceiling, Under Cabinet (mounting hardware included)

Warranty

3 years

PROS

These lamps consume just 36W of power but shine as bright as 75W models so you save nearly 50% on electricity bills.

CONS

You'll need to put the tubes into fixtures to turn them into actual light sources.

OUR VERDICT

While not everybody will want to fiddle with the tubes and put them into fixtures, we feel that the Hyperikon lamps are worth it. They're power-efficient, reasonably bright, and the four-pack is enough to light a large space with even illumination distribution. Good if you're not put off by DIY.

detailed parameters
Kit contents

4 x 8 ft. LED tubes

Light features (1 lamp)

Power: 36W

Brightness: 4200 Lumens

Color Temperature: 5000k (Crystal white glow)

Power source

T8, T10, and T12 fluorescent fixtures

Mounting

Depends on the fixture

Warranty

5 years

BBOUNDER Modern

Shines Bright Like a Diamond

Sometimes mounting a lamp on your walls or ceiling isn’t possible due to lack of space or wiring issues. Luckily, the BBOUNDER Modern gives you a third option to expand placement choices.

This 8-foot lamp comes with a set of steel wires that can be used to hang the LED tube right on the ceiling or below a cabinet etc. The wires themselves may look thin and flimsy but don’t let looks fool you, they are sturdier than any nuts and bolts that usually hold up fixtures.

We were a bit surprised by the inclusion of wires but they may be justified and, actually, the best option as the lamp gets quite hot when it’s on. We don’t recommend mounting it on plastic surfaces as the heat could damage them. Besides, the steel wires let you lower the lamp a bit, which can be useful for hanging in shops and garages, where ceilings tend to be high up.

The BBOUNDER Modern is also one of the brightest lamps we’ve ever reviewed at 8378 Lumens. Definitely not the kind of thing you’d just put in your home or office, suited more for big spaces such as supermarkets or warehouses. And that brightness does come at the expense of 72W power consumption.

All in all, if you don’t mind a higher electricity bill in exchange for great lighting quality, the BBOUNDER Modern is a good choice. It can be placed almost anywhere in the room and doesn’t require much setup, making for a great set of LED garage lights for your ceiling.

Review of BBOUNDER Modern 8FT, Surface-Mounted, for Garage, Office, Hospital

 

OOOLED BL-WR-48W-50K

A Light Against the Storm

Need some outdoor LED lights for garages or warehouses but don’t feel like wasting your money on replacement lamps after a few years pass? We recommend the OOOLED BL-WR-48W-50K, an 8ft LED lamp that’s made to brave the elements and stay in good condition even after years of heavy use.

The body of the lamp is made of rust-resistant steel so you can put it in places where the ceiling may leak or even mount the lamp outside since rain isn’t going to damage it. However, note that this model is pretty wide and you might have to clear some space just to find a spot for it. That said, the extra width means that the light is spread out a bit more and covers a bigger area, a particularly nice bonus for outdoor use.

In fact, the OOOLED lamp gives off 4000 Lumens and only uses 48W of power, a pretty respectable level all things considered. It does shine with a white glow, which makes it a questionable choice for homes so we wouldn’t recommend this one for your kitchen, especially since it simply may not fit.

A few of these lamps will be enough to fully light up a warehouse, though you may have trouble installing them as the company doesn’t provide connecting wires with the purchase. They can be bought separately, but it would be nice to have them as a complimentary little feature.

In the end, these are all minor qualms against a pretty great product. It’s a fine choice for indoor and outdoor illumination as long as you can find enough space for this plus-size lamp. The OOOLED BL-WR-48W-50K is one of the few options for outdoor lighting that will withstand the weather.

Review of OOOLED BL-WR-48W-50K Linkable LED Wraparound Flushmount Light

 

Barrina INWT504020650Bc

Strength in Numbers

Sometimes you just don’t have the space to squeeze in a set of 8-foot lamps that would take up most of the ceiling or the whole underside of the cabinet. That’s when the Barrina INWT504020650Bc will come in handy.

This set of six small 4-foot lamps can be connected via the free cords to create one big illumination battery or, if you so wish, spread out along the room to keep all corners illuminated.

Don’t let that last part lead you into thinking that the Barrina LED tubes aren’t bright. While the 2200 Lumens level isn’t exactly the highest ever, they are more than enough to illuminate a garage or a shop aisle and could actually work as kitchen or bathroom lamps.

This set of linkable LED shop lights is also pretty energy-efficient, each lamp using just 20W of power. However, the cords that come with the purchase are a bit short so you’ll either have to limit your placement options or get new cables. Other than that, though, installation should be a breeze thanks to a snap joint system on all lamps in the kit.

These lamps are cost-effective, easy to install, and bright enough to light up to 500 square feet. Unless you’re looking for some ultra-bright lamps to illuminate warehouses or supermarkets, the Barrina set is more than adequate for the job.

Review of Barrina INWT504020650Bc (Pack of 6) 4FT LED T5 Integrated Single Fixture, with built-in ON/OFF switch

 

Hypergiant Hypergiant-T5_8P

Band Together to Combat Power Surges

Tired of power surges frying your lamps and leaving you in the dark? Take a look at the Hypergiant-T5_8P, made to work in the range from 85 to 265 V. This set of eight 4ft LED shop lights will shine as bright as it can regardless of how low the power gets, providing steady illumination even when all other devices are going haywire.

You can use each of these lamps separately from the pack or join them into a battery. However, the set comes with just 6 connecting cords so you’ll have to leave two lamps out. We do like that the cords are long enough to spread the lamps out a bit, making it possible to form them into certain shapes to increase illumination efficiency.

It’s also tough to deny that the 20W power consumption is pretty appealing with each lamp emitting 2200 Lumens. Sure, they’re not enough to light up a whole warehouse on their own but they will work just fine as a set of LED shop lights for a garage.

One last word of advice - be careful when installing the lamps as some customers have complained about the join clips being a bit weak. Try not to rattle the LEDs around too much and mount them well. After all, they might not be fazed by a power surge but a fall from the ceiling will destroy any lamp.

Still, treat the Hypergiant-T5_8P with care and you’ll get a bright and energy-efficient set of lights that will keep the space illuminated regardless of any electricity troubles.

Review of Hypergiant Hypergiant-T5_8P (Pack of 8) LED T5 Integrated Single Fixture, with built-in ON/OFF switch

 

Hyperikon 882000702

A Set of DIY Brilliance

Many of the brighter lamps available on the market offer high-quality lighting but waste a lot of energy. Conversely, energy-efficient models usually shine dimly and don’t provide enough light for precise work. Thankfully, the Hyperikon set of 4 LED tubes lies in the middle, guaranteeing powerful illumination without inflating your electricity bills.

These 8ft LED shop lights only use 36W of power despite shining as brightly as more energy-hungry models. To be precise, just one Hyperikon tube emits 4200 Lumens of brightness, certainly on the higher side of things. Of course, that level is too much for household installation and the tubes are recommended for use in garages, shops, offices, and workstations.

One point that may be contentious is the fact that you need T8, T10, or T12 fixtures to install the tubes themselves. Without the fixture, you can’t use these as a source of light at all. However, once the tube is in the fixture you can mount it on walls or ceilings, choosing whatever place fits best. If you do everything correctly the room will be bathed in a pleasant crystal white glow. We do find that the color is a bit too cold for home use.

Some may be put off by the need to fit the lamps into fixtures instead of simply mounting them. However, if you’re a DIY type of guy looking for a source of light for your garage or workstation, the Hyperikon 882000702 will be the right fit for you.

Review of Hyperikon 882000702 (Pack of 4) 8FT LED Tube Light, Dual-End Powered

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What Is an LED Shop Light?

While they may seem like regular fluorescent lamps, the LED shop lights are far more powerful and, sometimes, energy-efficient than your regular light sources. Most of the time they’re used to illuminate large open spaces such as warehouses, supermarkets, or parking garages. They usually provide white light of varying brightness and, depending on the shape, can cover a lot of ground or illuminate one particular spot.

If you take a look at some scientific data, you’ll see that a regular commercial LED shop light gives enough electric illumination to support the human eye while doing prolonged tasks that require precision, but that kind of brightness will definitely be too much for bedroom use. However, these lamps will be of great use at your crafts workstation or in your garage. Most people that use these usually have some DIY knowledge but, in case you don’t, you can check out some wiring tips and info on how to properly place your first LED light.

And if you’ve caught the efficient illumination bug, you’ll likely want to put some LED light bars on your car to keep the road ahead clear. Alternatively, if you like this type of illumination and wouldn’t mind having it in your home or garden, try out some basic LED strip lights, which come in a variety of colors and provide a soft glow.

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Publish Date: 2018-07-05 08:23:23