Part III: Illuminate your Attic with LED Lights

Series: Installing Blown-in InsulationPermalink

Save money by adding blown-in insulation to your attic.

There are a lot of tasks to do before adding extra insulation to an attic, especially in an older home. They vary from the easy to the onerous (looking at you attic baffles) and are even more of a pain to complete when the lighting is poor.

To improve the lighting in the attic I stapled a couple of lengths of LED strip lights to the underside of the ridge board. The strips are only plugged into an extension cord while I am working. They can also be removed when I finish insulating the attic, if I choose to do so.

My Attic Without Lighting Permalink

LED Rope Light and Installation Tools Permalink

I initially hung a couple of strings of flexible LED lights, but both failed after a few months, due to the high temperatures in the attic. It was disappointing because they were cheaper and brighter, but obviously not suited to my purposes.

The tools I used to hang the Mielo 16′ LED rope light were a pair of needle-nose pliers, a package of 0.5″ NM staples, and a hammer.

The Failed LED Strip Light Permalink

The first step was to remove the failed LED strip light. I used my needle-nose pliers to remove the staples that held it to the ridge beam, in addition to the adhesive backing on the light.

A Power Cord Extension Splitter Permalink

As this isn’t a permanent installation, I am only supplying power via an extension cord when I’m actually up there working. You can see in the above photo (sorry that’s dark, but it’s an attic after all) I split the extension cord into multiple outlets to plug-in other tools in addition to the LED rope lights.

The Illuminated Attic Permalink

Works pretty well, huh?

Other Lights I Use Permalink

I use an assortment of other lights to see my way around the attic and make sure that I’m doing good work.

The LED work light is the brightest of the lights. It’s tethered to the extension cord, so I rotate it to face whichever side of the attic I’m on.

I usually place the LED lantern on the opposite side of the work light (so that I am in the middle). It gives off a surprising amount of light for a device that only requires three D batteries to run.

The headlamp obviously goes upon my head and is good for illuminating whatever I’m looking at and doing with my hands.

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