In this article I will be giving you my personal review of the Loftleg loft light. I installed this in my own loft over the weekend and am very happy with the result. Prior to this, I was using an extension lead and a desk lamp in order to see in the loft.
For most people, the most common use for their loft is storage. Often there is lots of space up there and this makes it very convenient to store items that are used less frequently. However, one of the issues that people face, is lighting in their loft.
In the majority of cases, there is no electricity, and people will resort to a torch, or even an extension lead and a lamp (like I did).
If you want a more permanent light source in your loft, most people’s first thought, is to pay an electrician to run power into the loft and install lights and switches.
However, this is no small task and comes with considerable expense. The loft light made by Loftleg, offers a convenient and affordable alternative, that costs under £20.
Main Loft Light features and benefits
The most obvious benefits of this loft light, are convenience and price. When compared with traditional electric lighting, it is far cheaper, and you don’t need to hire a professional to install it. The other main benefits can be seen below:
- Very bright LED light – The bulb on this loft light kicks out 350 lumens. This is equivalent to a 32-watt bulb.
- Battery powered; no wires required – The light takes 3 X D batteries. This means there is no need to run any wires through your loft or use an extension lead. I know from personal experience this is a hassle, and a potential trip hazard.
- Illuminates 10m² – I would say this is quite accurate, and it does illuminate a decent area around the light. Although you may need more than one loft light for larger loft areas.
- Battery life up to 4 years – The manufacturer claims that the batteries will last for up to four years with regular usage. This means you don’t need to worry about changing batteries that often.
- Very easy to install – If you can operate a screwdriver, you will have no problem installing this by yourself, in as little as 5 minutes.
- Convenient pull chord – The pull chord is around 2 meters in length, and this has a reflective strip that can be added, to help you see it in the dark.
How to install the Loftleg Loft Light
One of the best thing about this product is the ease of installation. The design is extremely simple, and you only need a couple of screws to install it.
The loft light is ready to install out of the box, there is no assembly required. The back can be easily removed, with a push release button, that allows you to remove from the main body and battery area.
Once the back is removed, you will notice several areas that are marked for screws. This is where you can fix the back cover to a timber truss, rafter, or purlin, in your roof.
Following this, you just need to add batteries to the main body, then simply clip this into the back cover.
Once clipped together, the loft light is quite robust. In order to remove it from the back cover, the button needs a reasonable amount of pressure applied. This means, the light is held in place securely, whilst still being quite easy to remove.
Finally, you can adjust the length of the pull chord and add your reflective strip.
And that’s it done. It really is that simple.
Currently, I have installed just one of these loft light in my own loft. This is placed near the opening and is very convenient. I will be adding a second light in the other side of the loft. This is mainly because the 32-watt bulb is not strong enough to illuminate all the way to the other side. This is no surprise to me, and I had expected this would be the case.
Overall I think this is a fantastic product, especially for the price. It is so easy to install, even for someone with no DIY skills.
Also, compared to real lights wired in by an electrician, the cost is significantly lower.
The product could also be used in several other areas. For example:
- Storage units