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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It really depends on the rest of the house, the competition, the market---I look at the "big picture" or least that is my intention. 

May 16, 2018 07:17 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Every garage is different. It really depends on the garage ... and the home... and the location and price of the home ... you get the idea.  It depends. If you don't' believe me, just ask Michael Jacobs 

May 16, 2018 07:54 PM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Personally, I would go with fixtures or bulbs like those already in place. If nothing is there already, I'd go with LED tubes. Garage lights aren't on a whole lot (typically) so "efficiency" should be a big concern.
Hope this helps,


May 16, 2018 08:25 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I agree with Michael Jacobs 

May 17, 2018 04:11 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

From the picture, it looks as if your current setup is good as long as they are working well. Flourescents are cheap to operate and shed a lot of light. I don't think you can really improve on it too much without a big investment.

May 16, 2018 08:07 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Good lighting in a garage brings more dollars to the table. I don't think the consumer will be that impressed with the lights being LED so just replace the bad ballasts or bulb in the fluorescent lights.

May 16, 2018 07:52 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Not a fan of that lighting but is does illuminate.

May 17, 2018 04:52 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Exact replacement size except in LED version.

Smoked a ballast just a few weeks ago. What an easy conversion it was to install the LED replacement that contained LED strips.

Fluorescent and Formica are both leading disappointments for 'mooney-eyed" buyers.

May 17, 2018 04:24 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Door #3

May 17, 2018 04:22 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I like a very bright garage. I had my old florescent fixtures removed and replaced with awesome LED fixtures-the difference is literally night and day

May 17, 2018 03:48 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Depends on how clean the garage is !!!

May 17, 2018 03:20 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

That is honestly not the worst garage i've seen. 

May 16, 2018 10:40 PM
Jeff Perlis Prime Properties
Prime Properties - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Experience Your Own Transformation!

As long as they work and make the homeowners happy. It is a personal choice. 

May 16, 2018 09:49 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

As Michael Jacobs so eloquently stated.  

May 16, 2018 09:04 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Maybe just not hang them over the opened garage door...

Other than that, I think you are good with whatever. I would replace them with either keyless fixtures or some nice 48" T5 Flourescent fixtures. 

May 16, 2018 07:40 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We generally find the old 48 inch fluorescent lights to be problematic.

install good old fashioned light sockets and put compact fluorescent bulbs in them.

May 16, 2018 07:30 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

LED all the way however most have the 4 foot florescent

May 17, 2018 05:11 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

No one really cares. It's either there or it isn't. I would install the ones that are most efficient or make the least noise (buzzing).

May 17, 2018 05:08 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

So long as what I have works (fluorescent) I keep it. If replacement is needed I would install LED fixtures. I just actually did that in my laundry room when the old flourescent fixture started acting up.

May 17, 2018 05:05 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

If I had to replace, I'd go with LEDs all day long - I'm a huge fan of LEDs!

May 16, 2018 08:43 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I like Michael Jacobs and Kathleen Daniels answers....

May 17, 2018 09:58 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Stay with what you have

May 17, 2018 07:34 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

What's wrong with the way it is? Looks industrial, well lit and clean.

May 17, 2018 06:53 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

replacing with LED is the smart choice, for both efficiency and aesthetics imo.

May 17, 2018 06:09 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It depends on the garage and the budget!

May 17, 2018 06:06 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This all depends on the costs and skill level of the owner

May 17, 2018 06:02 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I had fluorescents in my garage.  I removed the ballasts and replaced them with LED tubes.  Well worth the expense.

May 17, 2018 06:02 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

We're going all LED in our home. Everything that burns out is replaced with LED. Our whole kitchen is and I love does my wallet when the utility bills come.

May 17, 2018 05:53 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No idea.

May 17, 2018 04:15 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

If is the man's haven, large garage that would be great for the mechanic, yes.

May 20, 2018 07:13 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

Garages don't do much to help sell a home other than a 3-car garage.  Lighting just needs to be to code.

May 18, 2018 11:10 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin - my answer will be similar to Michael Jacobs - it depends.

May 17, 2018 10:04 PM
Max StoneCrest
StoneCrest Team - Winter Haven, FL
Creating Safer Living Through Quality Inspections.

New fixtures with LEDS.

The cost of replacing the entire fixture with LED vs replacing ballasts or buying new flourescents is almost the same (with some good shopping skills ;-)).

The benifit is the LED fixtures will now provide much more light at a much smaller operation cost.

Additional tip, add motion sensor to lights to make it easy and safe when entering the garage.

Hope this helps! :-)

May 17, 2018 01:18 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

I would use two types of light: LED warm tone 5000K ones. Hyperikon has a nice one that hangs down- put over where you have a work bence and double check the height for a person 6'11  to walk under (avoids banging with a ladder or your fishing rods) Fix the fluorescent ones which are inexpensive to repair. With two different light sources, you will find your man cave much happier. My son worked on a motion/heat sensor one which stays on as long as you are in the garage. I think one motion sensor one would be good, when you walk in it greets

May 17, 2018 11:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I would tend to fix and use the current fixtures.

May 17, 2018 11:31 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

If cost is not an issue then I would update and put in LED.  More energy efficient, less heat generation, brighter....

May 17, 2018 09:35 AM