3 Tips On How To Light Stairs – Staircase Lighting.


Our staircase lighting will have you adding drama, decoration and extra visibility to your apples and pears. Whether it’s a few steps or a fancy spiral staircase; our eclectic selection of stair and wall lights can make it feel and look like a stairway to heaven. Often coined as the ‘spine’ of the home, stairways come in many shapes and sizes, but a stairway with lights can literally uplift the occasion. 

Implementing staircase lighting takes a fair bit of planning, especially for those looking to integrate lights into the steps themselves. Restrictions in area space, as well as the inability to move stairs to accommodate lighting – feeds real food for thought before anything is purchased. You also need to consider what you want to achieve from your staircase. Is it to accentuate its shape and style or is it for practical reasons, such as pronouncing the steps edges for safety benefits? Once you settle on your reasoning you’ll then find it a lot easier to scale up and shop around for suitable lighting.

Here we present you with 3 simple steps, excuse the pun, on what to consider whilst selecting staircase lighting.

1) Lighting The Surroundings Of A Staircase 

staircase full shotIn theory – if it fits, then any kind of lighting can be applied beside the staircase. Yet for the majority of us we’d like to try to do it in style, using lighting that not only delivers practical solutions but also complements the interior design. 

You could decide to use just one big powerful wall light to distribute light over the entire staircase. This will certainly provide the light you need but this option will more than likely lack in aesthetic qualities and won’t help with structuring textures or defining the character, shape or size of a staircase.

The picture to the right demonstrates a different option with every other step being accompanied by a small stylish light. By carefully positioning each light just above the step it helps to illuminate the exact location of where your foot will land.

This design is great for practical purposes as it lays out a reliable guideline for people walking up or down the stairs. But it’s not only visibility that’s been improved because the maple wooden steps will shine under each light helping to create a beautiful horizon for anyone approaching.

These specific lights are called the Decorative Minis by Collingwood Lighting, a pioneering brand within the contemporary lighting world. Their size is small but that doesn’t go to say they lack the punch to illuminate wall space and stairs.

The Decorative Mini LED lights are available in six colours; warm white, neutral white, amber, green, red and blue. Each light boasts an extremely long lifespan reaching up to 70000 hours before any re-lamping is considered.

Each fitting has tiny transparent holes running around the shape to allow the light to burst through in different directions. This not only provides more light across a larger area but it presents an elegant and decorative design to help define the character and style of the staircase.

Although this example doesn’t show lights installed inside of the stairs it still gives a great demonstration on how you can work lighting in and around a staircase. Positioning is key for these wall lights but once correctly set they’ll emit a useful and pretty beam to complement the modern wooden steps of the staircase.

2) Understanding Colour Temperatures

kelvin-chartAn important factor for any lighting design – understanding what colour temperatures will look good against your interior materials and colours. This is particularly vital if you are selecting LED lights. The colour temperature of a lighting system dictates the strength and hue of a light beam. 

Colour temperatures are measured in Kelvins (K). The highest point on the Kelvin scale is marked around 10,000k, which mirrors a clear blue sky, whereas the lowest mark is 1000k which emits a reddish glow. Most lighting systems generally work around two markers: 2000k/3000k producing a deep yellowy glow and 5000k/6000k for a clinical bluey glow. 

With this in mind it may be worth experimenting with different Kelvin scores against materials and colours which are similar to the proposed interior. Professionals seem to go for a warm white and deep yellow up against darker surfaces such as mahogany woods and browns, whereas paler shades such as white or plastic reds benefit from a sharper and more clinical blueish illumination. 

3) Concealing Lights Within The Stairs

strip light stairsSometimes more is less and by concealing your lights underneath the lip of a step or beside them can create a minimalistic mystery without even seeing the fitting. The illusion of light is powerful, and in a day where light fittings are becoming smaller and smaller it gives great opportunity to discretely position your lights without the fitting being visible. 

Take advantage of the nooks and crannies, bends and edges, because a staircase’s structure can be your playground to plot a textured lighting scheme. By implementing concealed lighting you’ll make the actual feature glow rather than using a distant and separate lighting location to distribute a beam onto the feature.

One of the most popular selections for discreet and hidden lighting is strip lights. Their streamline and flexible nature allows them to fit into areas where other lighting systems will fail. Another positive perk of strip lights is the fact they come in many different colours, with some of them even providing a colour changing option for a people that want to switch up the mood by using varying colourways.

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