I’ve heard about Big Ass Lights numerous times now since they were released last year, but never really felt like posting about them. Big Ass Lights are LED lighting fixtures that pump out a lot of light and are advertised as being nearly indestructible.
Big Ass Lights seem like decent products – and are made in the USA** – but they’re also the type of product that not everyone could benefit from. They might be superb products, but that doesn’t mean they’re suitable for your needs just because you want one.
Update: Hi, Stuart, thanks for your email. All of our Big Ass Light fixtures are manufactured right here in Lexington, Ky., where we employ more than 130 people on our production lines. Use of the “Made in the USA” statement or logo in advertising dictates a very specific set of guidelines, so we only put that label on one of our products, our Haiku with SenseME residential ceiling fan.
In other words, some of the components, such as the LEDs, come from outside the USA, but the lights are built/tested/etc. here.
I was always under the impression that, along with Big Ass Fans, Big Ass Lights were more designed for huge high-ceiling structures, such as warehouses, factories, and aircraft hangars.
Seems to me that Big Ass Lights would be more suitable for lighting the aisles of a Target, Walmart, or Home Depot, than one’s garage.
Big Ass Light also makes a Garage Light product that is said to be suitable for personal spaces such as garages, workshops, boathouses, and more that have ceilings up to ~14-feet. They say that just one light is enough for a single-bay garage.
The guys at Tools in Action did a great job with their latest video, discussing how these are “the best shop lights money can buy,” but I’m still really skeptical about Big Ass Lights.
Here’s the thing… LED lights are very highly directional, even with some diffusion. That, and the fact that the Big Ass Garage Light delivers 13,000 lumens – presumably undimmable – makes me believe that these LED lights would be completely unsuitable for most residential garages and workshops.
Over at the Garage Journal, there’s a discussion about garage ceiling heights, which seems to average about 8 to 10 feet. That’s a lot different from the “up to 14 feet” ceilings that the garage light is said to be suitable for. The closer a light is to the ground, the brighter, presumably harsher, and narrower the illumination might be.
That might not be a big deal, as there’s one Home Depot user review that says these lights produce marginally more light than the fixtures it replaced.
The inherent directionality of LEDs is a big concern of mine. After that, there’s the $400 price tag to consider. The price is probably a bigger turn off for consumers and those looking to upgrade their garage lighting.
These lights are said to be flicker-free, and deliver bright white lighting. But if you hang them from a low ceiling, you probably won’t see optimal results. They come pre-wired and with hardware to hang them up with S-hooks.
Prices: $399 for a 2-foot Big Ass LED Shop Light, $439 for the same with added occupancy sensor.
Like I said, I was hesitant to post about these lights. Tools in Action’s video did a great job of going over the light’s benefits, but it also brought back to the surface my concerns and doubts about the product. I drafted this post 3-4 times in the past couple of months, but this pushed me to finally wrap it up.
I have no doubt that Big Ass Light’s garage light could very well be an incredible LED light fixture, but it looks to be scaled down from their industrial facility lighting products. It doesn’t look to be designed any differently (which is ordinarily something to laud) – it just looks smaller.
Do any of you have these lights, and if so, what do you think about them? I’ll give Dan a call later to see if he can comment on how they might perform in a garage or shop with low ceilings.