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I continue to get my garage ready for my incoming Evo. I wanted to add some showroom style lighting and wondering if anyone has experience with type of bulb and layout (4 lights on the corners, just 2 overhead). Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Also - any place to get some nice automotive artwork to hang on the walls?


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Be keen to hear what is best too.
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Be keen to hear what is best too.
I am also interested.
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My lighting shows up every scuff and swirl. I’m keen to change mine.
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I know it's not an EVO but a printing place could make this.
https://canvasinhouse.com/products/l...EaAidGEALw_wcB
As far as light goes you could do a lot with these
https://www.amazon.com/Dimmable-Cont...47080749&psc=1
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Ok this one is in my wheelhouse. I will try to explain this but might need to upload some examples later so it makes sense. Basically think of your car as a car shaped mirror. When you look at your car it reflects the space it’s in. If you had a chrome sphere you would see your garage walls and ceiling in it. Any picture of a car is a picture of the space it’s in. So whatever you put in your ceiling will be seen on the car. When lighting a reflective object that we want to show the lines of we use a light source bigger than the object, so for a car we would use a light source 20 feet by 15 feet. This makes it so you see the lines of the car and not the space it’s in. A quick an easy way to get that kind of light is on an overcast day where the cloud cover itself is a nice soft diffuse light source. In a car commercial world the entire ceiling would light up evenly which would give you beautiful soft light allowing you to see the car. It’s possible to do this now, there are many cool new things that can be done with LEDs as that technology emerges. There are a lot of possibilities, ranging from continuous stripes across your garage (think car commercial in a tunnel) to indirect bounced lighting, to a diffused drop ceiling like this one from the Batman movies

https://www.google.com/search?q=batm...EYpBiP4XsnxcM:

You can use fluorescent tubes from the film and TV industry which require their own flicker free ballasts. The dominant company is kinoflo. It will be pricey but it’s a well proven technology. They will come in two colors, daylight and tungsten, which is 5500 kelvin for daylight and 3200 for tungsten. Daylight is bluish and tungsten refers to the filaments in original light bulbs which is warmer and yellowish. I would imagine most people would want daylight but it’s a preference.

There are some much more interesting alternatives in led technology as the field matures. A lot of led technology isn’t great and especially the cheaper stuff renders colors poorly. It might look ok to your eye since your brain adjusts but on camera it will have a color cast that is unpleasant and certain colors will look better than others. The simplest way to approach this is to look for led lights with a high CRI. You want a CRI with a minimum of 93. Not a lot of leds at Home Depot will meet this requirement. Again you will probably have to pull from the film and tv industry. LEDs also come in daylight or tungsten balance. Because of the new form factor of LEDs it’s possible to do very interesting things in very minimal space and they’re energy efficient and you don’t have to change them very often.

It’s not cheap but it wouldn’t be horribly expensive to design a garage lighting system that shows off your car beautifully. If there’s interest I might find some time to design some possible setups. It hasn’t been affordable until recently to do this kind of thing, but I’m expecting that shortly there will be a diversity of high end lighting options that weren’t previously possible.

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Thanks for the great information mate.
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This is what I did. Replaced the basic garage light bulbs with simple strip LED fixtures like what we have at our office building, and then I had an 8 foot Huracan GT3 wall art created which is also back lit with LED’s. Combined it really lights up the place and forwards the end of the night the wall picture stands out nicely. Spent maybe 5 or 6k overall. The long LED lights I could not do with out. We do a lot in our garage. Just wish it was bigger.
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This is great information.

Do you have more specifics regarding the exact layout of bulbs and which to use?
Everything you said makes sense and I would love to have some lighting in my garage that does justice to the vehicle.

The kino Flo website has a lot of great stuff on it - but is a little overwhelming Thanks for all of your assistance!





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Ok this one is in my wheelhouse. I will try to explain this but might need to upload some examples later so it makes sense. Basically think of your car as a car shaped mirror. When you look at your car it reflects the space itís in. If you had a chrome sphere you would see your garage walls and ceiling in it. Any picture of a car is a picture of the space itís in. So whatever you put in your ceiling will be seen on the car. When lighting a reflective object that we want to show the lines of we use a light source bigger than the object, so for a car we would use a light source 20 feet by 15 feet. This makes it so you see the lines of the car and not the space itís in. A quick an easy way to get that kind of light is on an overcast day where the cloud cover itself is a nice soft diffuse light source. In a car commercial world the entire ceiling would light up evenly which would give you beautiful soft light allowing you to see the car. Itís possible to do this now, there are many cool new things that can be done with LEDs as that technology emerges. There are a lot of possibilities, ranging from continuous stripes across your garage (think car commercial in a tunnel) to indirect bounced lighting, to a diffused drop ceiling like this one from the Batman movies

https://www.google.com/search?q=batm...EYpBiP4XsnxcM:

You can use fluorescent tubes from the film and TV industry which require their own flicker free ballasts. The dominant company is kinoflo. It will be pricey but itís a well proven technology. They will come in two colors, daylight and tungsten, which is 5500 kelvin for daylight and 3200 for tungsten. Daylight is bluish and tungsten refers to the filaments in original light bulbs which is warmer and yellowish. I would imagine most people would want daylight but itís a preference.

There are some much more interesting alternatives in led technology as the field matures. A lot of led technology isnít great and especially the cheaper stuff renders colors poorly. It might look ok to your eye since your brain adjusts but on camera it will have a color cast that is unpleasant and certain colors will look better than others. The simplest way to approach this is to look for led lights with a high CRI. You want a CRI with a minimum of 93. Not a lot of leds at Home Depot will meet this requirement. Again you will probably have to pull from the film and tv industry. LEDs also come in daylight or tungsten balance. Because of the new form factor of LEDs itís possible to do very interesting things in very minimal space and theyíre energy efficient and you donít have to change them very often.

Itís not cheap but it wouldnít be horribly expensive to design a garage lighting system that shows off your car beautifully. If thereís interest I might find some time to design some possible setups. It hasnít been affordable until recently to do this kind of thing, but Iím expecting that shortly there will be a diversity of high end lighting options that werenít previously possible.
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Would these do the trick?

https://store.waveformlighting.com/c...15428718755942
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