Shedding Light on Safety
Factors to Consider When Purchasing Stair Lighting
Stairs are an integral part of many homes and often define the shape of your home. Stair lighting primarily serves a functional purpose, so safety should be your top priority. Look for lights that provide sufficient illumination to prevent accidents and provide clear visibility on each step. Opt for lights with appropriate brightness levels and a wide beam angle to evenly light the entire staircase.
Choosing Low-Glare Options
Glare can be a real annoyance and safety hazard. Look for stair lighting with hidden LED diodes that minimizes glare, providing a comfortable and clear view of each step. This approach ensures a well-lit staircase without any harsh lights confusing your eye and obstructing your path.
How Far Apart Should My Stair Lights Be Mounted?
Mount the first stair light above the bottom most stair and the last stair light over the top most stair, so they will also spread light onto the landing. If your stairs have a middle landing, install two stair lights, one on each wall, to light it. From there, measure between and place a stair light every third stair or roughly 300-400mm apart. If your favorite stair lights have a narrow beam, consider using more lights to give an even light by mounting them every second stair.
What Height Should I Mount My Stair Lights?
Mounting your stair lights at a height of 200mm – 300mm above the middle stairs that you are illuminating will provide an even light.
Stylish Options for Illuminating Every Step
Whether your home exudes modern minimalism or classic charm, there’s stair lighting to suit every style. Choose fixtures that seamlessly integrate with your interior design, enhancing the overall aesthetics of your staircase.
Consider whether you want to have the ability to dim or control the brightness of your stair lights. This feature can create different moods and atmospheres depending on the time of day or your personal preference. Some stair lights come with built-in dimming capabilities, while others can be integrated into smart lighting systems or a sensor, so you don’t need to wake everybody else in the house up by turning on a heap of hallway and staircase lighting.
Innovative Solutions for Hallways and Bathrooms
Remember, stair lights aren’t confined to staircases alone. They have the power to transform hallways into inviting spaces and add a touch of serenity to your bathroom oasis
Hallways—Low Glare Lighting Option with Style
Transform your hallways into welcoming spaces by installing stair lights along the walls. This low-glare option not only guides your way but also adds elegance to your corridors. This less intense option to hallway lighting can help you enjoy a warm and inviting path that ensures both safety and style. Stair lights in hallways can be placed further apart, usually every 2-3 meters. Safety isn’t as much of a concern on a flat surface, and a mixture of light and shadow looks great.
This is a great place to incorporate a smart control system or a sensor to activate the lights at night.
Bathrooms—Nightlights for Peaceful Ambiance
Create a serene atmosphere in your bathroom by incorporating stair lights as nightlights. Install them near the baseboards or vanity to provide a gentle glow for late-night trips. No more fumbling for light switches in the middle of the night!
Incorporate a dimmer on these lights to enjoy a spa-like experience or indulge in a peaceful bathing routine in the tranquil illumination of your stair lights.
LED Strips: A Functional and Stylish Alternative
Let’s explore some innovative ways to take your stair lighting to the next level. LED strip lights are versatile enough to take advantage of the nooks, crannies, and edges that are part of your stairs. This eye-catching option can transform the look and feel of your staircase.
Mounting LED Strip Lights Under the Handrail
For a sleek and modern touch, consider mounting LED strip lights under the handrail. This method not only illuminates the steps but also adds a subtle glow that highlights the architectural beauty of your staircase. It’s a subtle yet stunning way to make a statement. You can use slim LED extrusions mounted into a rebate in your handrail or make the job even easier with our custom handrail system that includes space for an LED strip and wiring.
Installing LED Strip Lights Under the Lip of the Stair
Looking for a more discreet lighting solution? Installing LED strip lights under the lip of each step creates a soft and diffused glow, enhancing visibility and providing a unique look. The floating look of each stair will create a level of safety as each stair is lit, making a clear guide for using the stairs.
We have a range of slim aluminum extrusions and LED strips for this exact task. These extrusions can fit under the lip of the stair with minimal fuss and no need for an extended overhang.
ONYX16 Slimline Black Extrusion with Black Diffuser$20.00 – $80.00
LXT06 Slimline Aluminium Extrusion with Opal Diffuser$26.50 – $132.50
Congratulations! You now have the knowledge to select the perfect lighting for your staircases, hallways, and bathrooms. Remember, safety comes first—illuminate your stairs with low-glare options and consider proper mounting heights and spacing. Don’t forget to embrace the aesthetics and create an ambiance that reflects your unique style throughout your home.
If you have any questions or need further guidance, our team is here to assist you. Embrace the versatility of stair lights and let them illuminate your home with comfort, style, and safety!
When it comes to choosing the right stair lights, safety and style are both key factors, our stair lights tick both boxes. Our selection offers low-glare options, ensuring that you and your family stay safe while also adding a touch of elegance to your home.
With energy-efficient LEDs, our stair lights not only help you save on your electricity bill but also give your home a warm and inviting ambiance that you’ll love. Whether you’re looking to create a calming atmosphere in your hallway or add a subtle night light to your bathroom, we’ve got you covered with a range of low power options to choose from.
One cool thing to note is that you can even pair our stair lights with mini sensors for easy control. Imagine walking down your stairs at night or into your bathroom and having the lights turn on automatically! Lighting Accessories – Sensors