Loft lighting – don’t be caught in the dark

Our desire for the latest gadgets & gizmos and our ever-changing family requirements means that we all take advantage of the loft space for extra storage – some of us rely on it more than others and have even installed loft ladders and lights to make the task of going up to the loft even easier.

Most DIY enthusiasts opt for a simply left-over pendant or batten fitting, but quite simply an exposed pendent, bulkhead or flood light fitting is too hot and exposed for a loft area, often installed too close to timers and other combustible materials which can be a fire-risk, especially in thatched properties and can invalidate your insurance policy.

Loft areas are subject to extreme temperature changes and can suffer from moisture & rodent problems, so ensuring the fittings are enclosed weatherproof non-corrosive low-energy fitting – such as a 16/28W 2D fluorescent fitting or 4-6” fluorescent tubes (all weatherproof & enclosed of course).

You also need to make special consideration to properly mechanically protecting the lighting supply cables from damage, as well as adequate isolation / switching on the correct circuit.

Working in lofts requires knowledge of the latest building regulations – most importantly Part A (Structure) and Part B (Fire) and Part L (conservation of fuel and power) – joists are not to be cut through, insulation must be conserved where possible, and you must ensure fire-barriers are in good condition.  Remember if you are working with electrics, the electrical regulations are Part-P.

Appointing a good qualified electrician in Swindon costs less than you think – if you are considering adding lighting to your loft or any storage location, or simply wish to discuss any upgrades or modifications, feel free to contact us for good friendly honest advice.

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