A stairway is the central spine of your home, linking spaces and people together. It should be functional and sculptural, and stairway lighting can make a true difference.
It may often get overlooked despite its frequent daily use but it is such a versatile space to decorate and bring out your personal style. If you’re looking for ways to update your hallway and staircase, adding pendant lights or chandeliers is a great option to update and add drama to your stairway.
Stairway Pendant Lights are available in an extensive array of designs and finishes, from black and white to chrome and brass, or small to oversized – there are so many beautiful options.
Browse our selection, find styles that perfectly suit your aesthetic, be it traditional, mid-century or, ultra-modern.
How to Choose the Best Stairway Pendant Lights: Size, Finishes, Styles and Installation Options
Purpose/Why: Stairway pendant lights are generally used to provide general ambient lighting with style.
Size: Your pendant lights should be an attractive focal point to the space, not something that dominates and overwhelms your home. That’s why you should also measure your stairway carefully and consider what the space can best afford. For example, if your stairway measures 3 feet x 9 feet, you’d have a total of 12. Therefore, your ideal pendant should be around 12 inches in diameter.
Rooms/Where to hang: One way of adding localised light to a stairway, whether traditional or contemporary is with a pendant in the centre which drops down between the treads. This can bring ambient lighting down the stairway’s length.
Positioning: Consider the positioning of the pendant light and its effects on style, general lighting of the room as well as symmetry of design.
Colours: Look for pendant lights that will complement your existing colour palette. We have pendant lights available in a variety of colours including but not limited to black, white, grey, brass, gold, natural, and copper.
Brightness: Appropriate lighting is always imperative for a stairway due to the health and safety aspect, so dimly lit lights may not work well in this area. Stick to brighter lights but be sure to avoid the type that will cause a glare.
Downlight Lighting: Ideal when your room needs lots of direct, focused light as well as ambient light. Most common use.
Ambient Lighting: Diffused non direct lighting
Height: You will also need to consider how height affects style, safety and illumination, and the ease of installation and its maintenance. For example, if you plan to install in high ceilings, be sure you have all the necessary equipment and items before hiring an electrician. An electrician may have to hire scaffolding so it is highly advised that you check that all items are in working order and ready for installation before hiring a scaffold.
Wiring: A pendant light often hangs by its own electrical cord, making the fixture itself fairly basic, distinguished mostly by colour and size. The style of simple light depends on the shade, which can be chosen to match any decor, space or use.
Bulb: Do a quick check of your stairway room before you select your light bulbs - paint colours and finishes make a difference. If you have dark painted walls or a dark ceiling, you will need to add more light (more watts) since dark colours absorb light. If you have warm earth tone colours like brown, red, yellow or amber match it with a 2400K-2700K bulb. But, if you have cooler colours like purple, blue-green or blue make sure to go with a bulb in the 3000K range or higher. Choosing the right bulbs will emphasise the colour of the room and enrich it.
Style/Feel: As stairways often suffer from a lack of natural light, having an efficient and innovative lighting solution on the landing can aid this issue. Cluster of pendant lights or installed individually, is a modern look that would suit a contemporary home. You can opt for the new lighting trend or go for clear glass pendant lights. Zest Lighting offers a comprehensive collection of stairway pendant lights that would light up any landing and stairway in style.
Materials: In addition to the style of the pendant light, you also need to consider the materials of the shade. The light shades come in many shapes and styles, but most will be made of either metal, glass, crystal, fabric or concrete. Natural materials like wood, bamboo, or rattan can also be popular materials for stairway pendant lights which are available to shop at Zest Lighting. If you are all about glitz and glamour, then shiny crystal pendants/chandeliers are your best option.
Maintenance: Stairways can be especially tricky places so consider how you can access your light fixtures safely and how you would clean the light and replace any bulbs - would a ladder and duster reach or would you need to hire a specialist cleaner?
Cluster Pendant Lights: If your side passage or the central area of your stairway is empty, you can fill it up with multiple lights. You can do this by installing pendant lights like the Replica Bocci 14.26 LED Pendant Chandelier. It spreads warm and comfortable lighting throughout the room with style and is best used in a series with each light being set at different heights - this will invite your audience into a dream that is filled with a surreal sea of light balls in the sky.
Natural or Wooden Pendant Lights:The Landon 4 Light Spinning Driftwood Pendant Light is created to be a mobile luminaire sculpture for the home - looks best when it drops down at the center of your stairway. Each layer spins independently of the other, allowing for infinite design possibilities. The four candles are wrapped in bent walnut with solid brass fittings, and each light is assembled by hand that will surely give delight.
Large Pendant Lights: The Replica Raimond Puts Pendant Lamp is a perfect sphere of mathematical proportions that bursts alive with tiny LED lights. The result is a beautiful contemporary feature piece that emits the alluring delicate glow of a starry night. Perfect for modern and contemporary interiors.
Shop designer stairway pendant lights online at Zest Lighting. Hundreds of lighting fixtures in various sizes, finishes, and colours awaits your selection. Browse our collection of stunning stairway pendant lights and find the one that defines your style.