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Lighting Options for Attic Storage

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Once you have created some attic storage space, you will want to make sure that you can find what you have stored up there. That will be much easier if you add some lighting. Here are some options:
  1. Install a light fixture. Attics often have electrical cable running through them, so an electrician or experienced DIY can easily tap into an existing circuit. Place the light switch near the entry for convenience, and use a switch with an warning light that reminds you when the light is on.
  2. Pull-string fixture. If wiring a fixture and switch is too much trouble, install a pull-string light fixture, preferably near the entry.
  3. Install a battery-operated light fixture. These are often sold as closet lights. Most of these types of fixtures don't produce a lot of light, but they can be installed easily. Put one near where your items are stored and you should be able to find what you need.
  4. Head-mounted flashlight. A small flashlight attached to a strap that wraps around your head allows you see where you're going in the attic without having to hold a flashlight in your hand. Very handy.
  5. Worklight. A corded worklight (attached, if necessary, to a long extension cord) can cast a lot light in an attic. Even better, worklights usually have hooks on them that allow you to hang them up (from a nail driven into a rafter, for example) while conducting your business. You can also find cordless worklights.
  6. Regular flashlight. For occasional trips into the attic, a standard flashlight is often sufficient.
  7. Safety note. Light fixtures or worklights that use incandescent bulbs generate a lot of heat. Don't leave one of these lights turned on when you are not in the attic.

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