Adding Attic Lighting


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Old 11-04-17, 09:31 AM
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Adding Attic Lighting

I would like to add some lighting to my garage attic. I'm always doing some type of project, so I'm up there quite a bit. It seems like most of the time, there is just a single light that is installed. I was thinking about putting a few, so that I can see well (maybe 3 or 4). Is that permissible? Aside from general NEC rules, is there anything that I need to be aware of? I was thinking about running the lights to a switch located in my garage.
 
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Old 11-04-17, 02:33 PM
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No rules specific to attics. You'll want to run the wires up and down the rafters, down to the smallest part of the roof. Otherwise you'll need to use running boards either along the rafters (ceiling) or along the joists (floor). Use standard boxes (metal or plastic) and put a switch where it makes sense.

You may want to consider a switch with indicator light so you don't accidentally leave the lights on.

I'd also suggest looking at LED fixtures. Bare bulbs are not allowed - and I wouldn't want to accidentally walk into one either.
 
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Old 11-04-17, 03:44 PM
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I use thinline fluorescent tube fixtures mounted below the ridge beam.
Now with the price of LED'S..... LED striplights make a lot of sense.
 
 

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