Guide: What you should consider when illuminating stairs and steps

Whether you have to light up the staircase at home or one in a public space, there are a number of things you must think about. That is why we in this blog post take a closer look at what you should consider as well as how to make the most of the lighting at last.

Illuminating staircases and steps are not necessarily the first thing that comes to your mind when installing luminaires at home or in a public area. A lot of people do not consider this until later in the process where it can be challenging to hide cables and wires.

Who is going to use the staircase?

First, it is important to consider who will be using the staircase. If it is a staircase in a private home, this is less important, seeing that the people using it will be well aware of the steps. However, if the staircase is placed in a public space where it will be used by many types of people day and night, this point is essential. Elderly people and visually handicapped citizens have higher requirements for correct lighting, inasmuch as shadows can be fatal and lead to broken limbs. This can be avoided by receiving professional guidance on everything from the type of lighting to other specifications such as lumen output and colour temperature.

Which type of lighting should you go for?

There exist numerous ways on how to illuminate a staircase and the only limit is your imagination. Do you have to light up the steps, or should the light come from the wall or the ceiling? Or maybe a combination of both?

One of the most popular solutions is our LED strips. LED strips are useful and convenient, seeing that they can be tailored to your exact needs. The strips are cut to the desired length after which it can be attached with 3M tape. LED strips come with either 60 or 120 LEDs per metre and come in many different versions. One of our latest additions is our TUNABLEWHITEFLEX, which is one of the most luminous strips on the market. What is special about this LED strip is the fact that the colour temperature can be adjusted. In this way, you can always control the atmosphere.

Apart from LED strips, you can make use of anything from step lights to wall mounted luminaires. Depending on where the staircase is located, our NS96 or NS45 are good examples of LED staircase lighting.

Does the chosen product meet your demands?

Navigating through the endless amount of LED products can feel like walking alone in the jungle. In the datasheet, you will find a great amount of information about the luminaire, of which some details are of greater importance than others in the given situation. For that reason, it is important to determine, whether or not the product meets your demands. In order to form a general view, we recommend you to read our blog post about illumination concepts, where we specify the most common LED terms.