Step lights are a subtle way to add accent and illumination in every step you make down to your staircase or the basement or up the second floor. Step lights are both attractive and functional, changes to stairways and interior level can be enhanced by modern placement of step lights not only for decorative effect, but also to ensure safety. Step lights will help you increase the safety quotient and supply up-to-the-minute convenience as well as dramatic accents.
With some extra stair lighting, your staircase can be a pillar of style and class in your home, not to mention a safer place to walk. You can add a little architectural appeal by highlighting your staircase, and you’ll be stepping happily through your home. Zest Lighting has many great options available for lighting the steps around your home, don’t miss out on the chance to add beauty and to create art as well as to provide safe passage.
Basically, the wall of a staircase is deprived of any embellishment. Even if there is any kind of adornment, then there are beautiful family photos that are framed on the walls. This is probably the most common and only way people deck up their staircase walls. Thankfully, over time, modern homeowners have found another way to make their staircase walls more fascinating – and that is by installing modern and beautiful step lights on the walls.
Illuminate your staircase using step lights, it will add more brightness to your home’s overall level of lighting. In this case, the step lights are installed on the wall next to your staircase so that the lights will cast beams directly onto the step onto which you are walking. You can install one light after every three steps, however, you could as well play with this number depending on the level of brightness you want to achieve on your staircase.
Once the lights are turned on, they illuminate the staircase with its white or warm white rays, making the steps sparkle instantly. Depending on your preference, the lights can be big or small – it all has to do with how much you want your staircase to bask in the beautiful light. The shape and size of the step lights are also totally up to you.
Consider The Material of your Staircase
Do you have a wooden staircase, carpeted, tiled, or something else? Though carpeted stairs are comfortable, they absorb a lot of light. Use step lights with a high light output to achieve maximum results. Wood material tends to be more reflective, so prepare yourself for a little reflected shine on the steps. The good thing is that you can use fewer lights or lower lumens to light wooden stairs. Marble, tiles and other similar materials are the most reflective flooring materials out there. They reflect even more light than wood, so consider that as you plan the quantity and type of step lights you want to install.
Light Sources to Consider for Step Lights
When it comes to step lighting, there are several light sources to consider. LED step lights have become an increasingly popular choice. This is mainly because LED step lights use small amounts of electricity to provide the right amount of light for stairs and hallways at night. They do not give off as much heat compared to other sources, have attractive and varied appearances, and can go indoors or outdoors. While LED is a very popular choice, there are also halogen, incandescent and even fluorescent step lights out there.
Step Lighting Placement
Step lights come in various shapes and sizes, so the placement will vary based on your unique needs and the style of the fixture. If you want a down light, use a louvered fixture. Fixtures like solid panel lights shine out, which makes them very functional, but be careful, they aren’t as soft on your eyes. There is no right or wrong distance for spacing your step lights. It is common to place the fixture on alternating steps, but lighting every step or every third step can be equally functional and fashionable. Wall mounted step lights are also frequently used on interior staircases; they can be decorative as well as functional, and they can also be chosen with the goal of lighting the entire step. Typically, it is enough to place one light for every three of four steps along the length of the staircase.