Step Lighting for Safety and Style

Step lighting can improve home safety while adding a stylish flair. Image courtesy of Kichler.
Step lighting can improve home safety while adding a stylish flair. Image courtesy of Kichler.

Step lighting is one aspect of home design that often falls by the wayside. After all, when you're so busy getting the lighting design above your head just right, it can be easy to forget more low-level concerns – literally.

This is unfortunate, because step lighting can not only be an essential part of stylish home design, it can also be vital to safety and security.

The Benefits of Step Lighting
The risk of accidents on steps and staircases is more real than you may imagine. It's one area of the home singled out by the National Safety Council as ripe for slips, trips and falls. This is especially true in the cases of the very young and the elderly. And as the NSC points out, a well-lit area can make all the difference.

Of course, beyond safety, step lighting also presents you with a chance to add some extra flair to your home's décor. This isn't a feature found in every home on the block, after all, and it can go a long way toward setting your space apart.

Inside and Out
The options at your disposal are varied, as advances in lighting technology and styling have led to numerous choices for step lighting both for the interior and exterior of your home.

Not only can you illuminate patio and swimming pool steps, you can also create lighted paths in your front and back yards.

Meanwhile, indoors, you can ensure house members are able to ascend and descend different levels of your home safely while also adding a stylish touch.

Keep in mind that using LED lighting for your steps offers even more benefits, as these types of bulbs will reduce power consumption, helping to save both the environment and money on your power bill.

Best Practices
When installing step lights, remember that stairs should be lit from top to bottom to help avoid accidents. Switches should also be installed at both ends of the stairs for convenience.

Chances are you'll want these lights to be smaller and more subtle than other fixtures in the area, but if you find they do not provide enough illumination for the entire stairway, consider your options with chain-hung lights that can be installed above the top step.

Visit your local ALA showroom or go online to to learn more about step lighting options for your home.

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