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puttster 01-01-2013 12:45 PM

Placement of stair lighting
The landing upstairs is dark wood and at night it's challenging to see where the stair begins. Would one get a good sense of when to step but placing some light on the step, say under the overhang? Or should the light shine on the landing, just before the step?

I can't really visualize it.

jbfan 01-01-2013 12:59 PM

Are you looking for a ceiling light, or wall lights to shine on the steps?

gregzoll 01-01-2013 01:01 PM

If Ceiling, it should be shining down. If you want accent lighting along the stairs, so you can have the overhead off, if going from living area, to living area, you would have to cut into the drywall to pull the wiring for those. Really need a better picture showing the whole stairwell, not just the last step & landing.

Jim Port 01-01-2013 03:55 PM

A ceiling light will give much better lighting to the whole staircase.

mpoulton 01-01-2013 04:59 PM

For stair lights specifically, LED strips under the overhang of each step are pretty good. That would light the top step, but not the landing itself. A ceiling light would be best for the whole area though.

puttster 01-01-2013 05:00 PM

The landing has a ceiling light that does a pretty good job, when and if it is turned on. I was looking for some always-on accent lighting, probably DC? Problem is I don't know where to place it where it would better define the edge of that first step. The first one is the tough one.

gregzoll 01-01-2013 05:04 PM

Maybe talk to a real lighting specialist, not someone in a Orange apron.

mpoulton 01-01-2013 07:00 PM

LED strip under the overhang of the landing would probably work best. It will look nicest if you do it on every step, but that's a lot of work.

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