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Bring Safety to Your Outdoor Steps with These 4 Lighting Techniques

There is nothing better than a summer evening spent outdoors. The warm night air is so inviting can and easily draw you out into your outdoor living space. Your relaxing evening can be cut short without the proper lighting, however. This is especially true if you have a set of stairs to steps in your outdoor living space.  Without proper lighting, these pose as a safety hazard for both you and your guests.

Here are 4 lighting techniques to bring safety and function to your steps, keeping you out in the summer evenings longer! 

Tread Lights


If you are looking to illuminate your steps in a subtle yet effective way, tread lights are a great option! A tread light is a fixture that is designed to become one with a stair. It is installed directly into the vertical face of the step, casting a soft light onto the step to help guide you and your guests down safely. Since the tread light is installed directly into the step itself, the fixture is barely noticeable during daylight hours!

This lighting technique can be extremely tricky and is best to involve a lighting professional to ensure you get the best, most effective light and installation for your steps. Learn more about hiring a landscape lighting professional by downloading our hiring guide.

Railing Lights


There is something special about a night out on the deck. From outdoor dinners to just relaxing in the summer air, the deck extends our living spaces...until the sun goes down that is. When not properly lit, the staircase of a deck can pose as a hazard to those ascending and descending. 

Railing lighting can bring both light and safety to your deck and it's stairs. These are small fixtures that are mounted directly onto the railing, casting a soft light down onto the deck stairs and floor. Although the fixture is attached to the railings, it dos not become an eyesore for the deck because they are mounted in such a way that they feel seamless with the railings. This fixture is also great for illuminating the outskirts of your property by attaching them to a gate!

Path Lights


When you think of illuminating a staircase, path lights aren't usually the first fixture that comes to mind. Path lights are a great way to light steps that are made of stone! Often times staircases made of stone are lined with beautiful landscaping and thus create a perfect place for the fixture to be installed.

The path lights cast a soft glow onto the stone, bringing safety to the steps. One of our favorite parts about lighting any space is the opportunity to highlight the beauty of the property. Path lights for a stone staircase do just that. The lights highlight all the glorious features of the stone. The shadowing from the dimension in each stone creates a beautiful, artistic design on the stone. Not only can you see where you are going when trekking the stairs, you get to enjoy the beauty of the stone and landscape as well!



If you are looking to illuminate your patio steps, downlighting is a very effective and beautiful option. Downlighting is prefect for creating a very natural, moonlight feel to a patio. The moonlight effect is created by mounting the fixture to the architecture or high up in a nearby tree. Light is softly cast down from above, mimicking a moonlit glow.

Downlighting will bring safety and functionality to your patio. No more tripping up or down the steps for you or your guests! Learn more about downlighting here. 

Need help lighting your steps?

If you are in need of lighting for you steps, allow us to help! One of our lighting designers will meet with you to create not only a functional property, but one that highlights the beauty of your home even at night. Call (801) 440-7647, or fill out a consultation request here!

At Landscape Lighting Pro, the art of outdoor illumination is a real passion we work to perfect. Designing elegantly bespoke landscape lighting systems is simply all we do. For over 15 years, our award winning team of designers and craftsmen have striven to bring the best outdoor lighting experience possible to people's homes and businesses across the Wasatch Front & beyond. 

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