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Step and Stairway Lighting Ideas for your Landscape

When thinking about outdoor lighting, it's fun to light your favored trees, patio, or water feature, but don't forget to illuminate your outdoor stairs and steps or your plan could fall, just like you. 

Having the right step lighting not only adds visibility for your safety, but it adds accents to highlight your home's approach too. What's most important when lighting steps and stairs? 

Here are some of our favorite techniques to light up outdoor steps. 

LED Strip Lights 

LED lights are one of the most favored lighting products in the market now. These are great for illuminating your deck steps. 

'Available in rolls with adhesive backing, these flexible strips with LED lights embedded are a perfect application for decking and stairs. 

They usually are tucked strategically below your deck or stairs, so you see the light, but not the source. 


Post Rail Lighting 

Post and rail lighting fixtures are placed on the post or railing of the stairs. They effectively light the ground below them, or the steps underneath them. As the installation process is quite technical, to avoid potential mistakes due to the amount of drilling required, it is important to properly plan your installation to avoid unnecessary mistakes. This is why it's good to ask a lighting pro about having this done. 


Path Lighting 

Path lighting is used to light up pathways, generally along one side or in an alternating pattern, to deliver sufficient light to see the path. Not only can it light up the pathway but also can be used to illuminate the steps that a pathway can have. 


Tread and Recessed Lighting 

Tread/recessed lighting fits into the vertical face of the steps. These lights shine their light down onto the step. This fixture creates a soft light with the fixture barely visible. The difficult thing is that a hole needs to be cut for each fixture. if wrongly done, it will need to be redone. 


Are you looking for a professional lighting design? 

If you are looking for a professional to help with your landscape lighting installation, request a consultation here! Let our designers create not only a functional property, but one that highlights the beauty of your home even at night. 

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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