The right lighting can’t be overlooked when creating your dream loft space.
Having no lighting can be dangerous, yet too much harsh lighting and you can spoil the natural ambiance that a loft space provides. You have to find the right balance between the two, and then have the ability to perform the installation and install wiring if needed.
At The Loft Doctor, we have over a decade’s worth of loft services experience when it comes to fitting loft lights during loft conversions or while installing loft boarding. We can guide you to making the right decisions for your loft area, and can save you money by giving you an honest, fair quote.
Carry on reading for more information on the importance of loft lighting and what varieties there are.
Types of loft lights
There are two main types when it comes to lighting ideas for lofts:
- Mains wired
- Battery powered
If you have no access to a mains electric circuit in your loft, then we highly recommend that you allow us to provide this service for you.
Doing so is the first step to turning your loft space into a usable area. Not only will you be able to have reliable lighting in your loft, but you also give yourself the option to convert it into a bedroom later down the line.
Battery loft lights may be a suitable solution for your loft if it is small and used infrequently. They are cheap to buy and easy to install, although they are not as strong as wired lights and you will need to keep replacing the batteries when they run out – making them more expensive than LED loft lights wired to the mains.
Loft conversion lighting ideas
For the best results, you should plan your lighting before beginning work on your conversion or boarding.
This way, if you know that you would prefer to have the option of natural lighting when available, you can decide to install Velux skylights that can light your loft during the day.
As well, knowing where your lights will be positioned before starting labour on your conversion will help our team plan how to wire your loft lights around your insulation and boarding materials.
If your loft is already boarded and you want new lighting installed, some boarding may need to be lifted in order to find and trace the wires beneath.
The Loft Doctor loft light fitting installations
Do you want a dazzling new loft? New loft lights can achieve just that.
Whether you want LED downlights in your loft, or you want the option of bringing in tonnes of natural light with Velux windows, our team of experienced professionals at The Loft Doctor can help.
Search for loft light fitters near me and you’ll find that our service in the north west is one of the best! Get in touch with our team today to speak to a professional and book yourself in.
Areas We Serve
We operate all over the North-West, including:
Accrington, Bangor, Beaumaris, Betws-y-Coed, Birkenhead, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Bury, Caernarfon, Chester, Chorley, Conwy, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Harlech, Knowsley, Liverpool, Llangollen, Llandudno, Lymm, Macclesfield, Malpas, Manchester, Mold, Nantwich, Neston, Northwich, Ormskirk, Porthmadog, Preston, Ribchester, Rochdale, Runcorn, Saint Asaph, Salford, Southport, Stoke, Wallasey, Warrington, Whitchurch, Widnes, Wirral, Wrexham
What our customers say
“Thank, you The Loft Doctor, great job on time and it’s transformed my storage and I feel I have a new room in the house that’s fully insulated against these crazy energy prices”
Mrs R Taylor, Knutsford Cheshire
“ After clearing out my old rubbish and installing the FloorRaise™ system and loft ladder and light its fantastic , we can store things and save money, super job lads thanks.“
Mrs P Jones, Preston
Frequently Asked Questions
How to fit a loft light?
When fitting a wired loft light, our team of professional installers will take full care to do a safe, responsible job.
The first step, provided you haven’t got any loft lights already, is to find and isolate what wires you will be using to create a new circuit in your loft. This will require splitting some cables that feed your lights on the floor below.
Once isolated and fed into a new splitter box, we can fit your light to the ceiling and wire it up. Along the ceiling ridge is best practice for a loft light strip, whereas recessed spotlights can be installed along the roof pitch.
If you are keeping a loft hatch and ladder style entrance, then we will install the light switch near the hatch for ease of use when entering and exiting.
What kind of lighting do I need for my loft?
We recommend that all of our customers install LED lights in their loft. This may be through recessed spotlights, also known as downlights, or through strip lighting.
For our customers who want natural light, we can install Velux windows too so that they can let sunlight in during the day. In the evenings and the short winter days, LED lights keep your loft safe and accessible.
Can I cover LED lights with loft insulation?
Most standard LED lighting should not be covered directly with loft insulation. This is for fire safety reasons, in case sparks develop in the wiring or if the bulb heats up and causes combustion of the insulation.
Loft insulation downlight covers or caps can be used to create space between the LED light with its wiring and the loft insulation.
However, there are fire rated downlights available that can be installed without covers. Likewise, you can also get A1 rated glass and rock mineral wool insulation that is non-combustible and fireproof for additional safety.
Do I need a waterproof light in my loft?
Standard lighting should be suitable for your loft space provided that it is not susceptible to damp or condensation build up and there is no evidence of a leak.
Can I install loft lighting myself?
Wiring loft lighting and other electrical work at home should only be performed by a trained electrician. This is so the work can be performed safely, with no risk to life or property.
This is important for loft areas, where people usually use them as a storage space for plenty of flammable items.
If you are installing battery powered lights, then this can be performed DIY at home.
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