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Light at last! Intelligent interior lighting for your garage

The ideal lighting for your garage can be described as follows: as soon as a door opens or a person enters the garage, light should switch on. It should be bright! And afterwards light should switch off quickly. Automatically!

At the same time, lighting should be robust and cope with the environmental features of a garage!

Sounds complicated?

Not at all. We will show you the very quick and simple solution!

ZAPF Garage-motor with “lighting”. Insufficient IP-protection, no motion sensor, hardly any light…

Many garages are delivered with luminaires already installed within the garage-motor (ZAPF-garages in our case) which do not meet such requirements. Light is homeopathic, movement is not detected – a sealing against dust and humidity is non-existent (see picture).

Within a year, the unprotected LEDs “go blind” (see picture). Reason is most probably the increased air humidity in garages.

We have the appropriate solution and show, how you can implement it easily and economically.

Please be aware of the safety notes at the end of this text.


Let’s resume the requirements for interior lighting of a garage first:

  • Protection from dust and moisture: ≥IP54 (If you are not familiar with the term „IP-protection“, you will find the explanation in this video). Direct dampness caused by rain or similar does not have any impact on lighting for a garage. The bigger problem is frequent elevated air moisture and water condensation.
  • Protection against shocks: Often bulky goods are stored in a garage which might create unintentional vehement contact between goods and luminaire.
  • Motion detector: The choice of the right motion detector is fairly simple – however, a lot of people choose wrong. It should be considered that not only people but also cars, motorbikes, scooters or similar objects need to be identified by the detector. Saying this, a high frequency motion detector (HF/radar) is the better choice. It does make little sense to install a passive infrared detector (PIR) as it cannot identify cold vehicles entering the garage. You will find more detailed information on the difference of detectors in this video.
  • LED-lighting is recommendable! As it comes to low temperatures partially and lighting needs to be switched quickly and often is only needed momentarily, LED is profitable.


Selection and plan:

  • This is all you need in order to optimize your garage lighting

    We recommend installation of the LED luminaire ZALUX BASE for damp environments. It is classified with a protection value of IP66. ZALUX BASE is energy saving and easy to install. Here, you find a video for that luminaire.

  • The sensor TRIDONIC HF5BP is perfectly suited for the illumination of your garage. This sensor fits in the junction box (plaster box) and streams through the box thanks to the HF-sensor system. Here you find our video on the sensor.
  • The plaster box should have a protection value of von ≥IP54. The box has enough space for both, sensor and wiring.
  • A three-core NYM-cable is totally adequate for this application. We recommend NYM 3X1, 5mm.
  • Clamps SDKF5 TR-AN sold by Elektro-Terminal are as easy to handle as those from WAGO (type 332) – but much cheaper.


Installation of lighting for your garage is quite simple:

Overview of installation

For installation of the sensor please be aware of the largest possible radius of detection. The sensor should release when a person is driving into the garage but also identify movements in the garage itself.

  • Find an adequate place for mounting the plaster box. You will need two scews and dowels for mounting.
  • The disturbing „wings“ of the sensor can be removed with a side cutter (they are unnecessary and wastefully take space).
  • Details for wiring of the sensor are shown on the photo to the right.
  • When clipping the luminaire please make sure that the garage door does not occlude it.
  • Connect luminaire and motion detector.
  • Take off the fuse before electric wiring and secure against switching on again.*



This is how the result looks like:


For sure, there are many alternative solutions in the market. However, they often have the disadvantage of using a PIR/passive-infrared sensor which does not act on changes in temperature.  You can clearly see this from the video: light switches on only when the car is already in the garage. So, in critical moments when driving into the garage you are just left in the dark.


* Installation may only be carried out by trained, professional personell which is auhorized to perform electrical connection and installation. Electricity may be perilous!