The majority of homeowners know that lighting is an essential part of every area of their home. When it comes to attic lighting, the focus solely does not need to be on appearance but safety as well. Below are a few suggestions about implementing the right attic lighting in your home.
One of the most important things to consider when it comes to attic lighting is the heat that can be generated by certain fixture types. Most attics tend to be small, tight spaces, so you want to avoid installing a fixture with a lamp that produces high levels of heat during operation. This will help to make you feel more comfortable not only while your in the space, but it will also help reduce accidental burns that could potentially occur if you were to come in contact with the bulb. In the past, incandescent bulbs placed in a singular style with a hanging chain operation were used as the main type of lighting in attics. Overtime, they have been replaced with compact fluorescents and LED solutions, largely due to the fact they both offer cooler operating temperatures to reduce overall heat production.
Another matter of importance when it comes to attic lighting is also related to temperatures as well. If you're in a situation where the temperature outside the home could potentially infiltrate the attic, this needs to be taken into consideration when selecting the lighting fixtures for the space. For example, a fixture must be durable enough to withstand outside factors such as extreme heat temperatures and freezing temperatures to avoid any issues that could potentially shorten the life of the fixture. An ideal way to prevent this from happening is to go with a lighting option that can handle these environments. Even though its not likely an outdoor rated solution is needed, it would be a great ideal to invest in a solution that can handle fluctuating changes in temperature, which effectively keeps issues from occurring later on down the road.
While the bare bulb approach was the standard for decades, now there are so many more options available when it comes to attic lighting. A fully encased lighting solution that is placed in the center of the space can provide a great amount of overall general lighting that is needed for visibility. However, the downside is that it can create shadows at the outskirts of the space. One way this can be avoided this and maintain total visibility of the space is by installing more than one light solution in the space. Some great ideas for this include options such as rope lighting along the perimeter of the attic, wall mounted battery-operated LED strip fixtures, and with the use of track lighting depending on the size of the attic.