I have about decided on the lighting for my new garage -- plain ol' bare
bulb incandescent. In the summer, I can unscrew them and use 20-something
W spiral fluorescents, and in the winter I'll use 150W 'A' lamps.
I'd go with linear T8 fluorescents, but I'm not sure they'd start when the
weather gets *really*
The garage has open rafters, so I'd like to use some kind of reflector. I
looked for some RLM reflectors, and was shocked by how expensive they are.
I expected them to be about $5 or 10 in the electrical section at the
local farm suply store, but they are about $35 each. Internet search turns
up over $100 apiece for common RLM fixtures! I guess they are not so
common anymore. I almost bought a pair on eBay:
<http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item#63199653 but I quit
bidding kind of low because I got to thinking, "what is the cutoff for
these reflectors? Will 2 fixtures like this light a 22 x 22' room with a
ceiling height of 8'?" They might only light a circle area right
underneath the fixture. It would probably take at least 3 or 4 fixtures to
do it right.
How about if I paint a cheap 14" steel pizza pan flat white and center it
directly behind each 4" octagonal box? Would that reflect most of the
light that would otherwise go up in the rafters but not cut off any of the
light to the sides? If properly done, would it still look stupid? :-)