How To Use Accent Lighting in a Stairwell

If you own a house which contains a stairwell, then you are likely well-aware of the fact that a barely lit stairwell at night is a recipe for disaster. All manners of accidents can happen if you aren’t careful, and the problem becomes even more obvious when you have children in the house. This is because staircases are not supposed to be used if you cannot see where you are going. It may not be that big a problem if you know the steps by heart, but anything can happen and as was stated above, if you have children living in the house with you, then a barely lit stairwell (or even worse, an unlit stairwell) should be remedied as soon as possible.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to fix this problem, and if you are interested in doing so, continue reading as this article provides these ways via a simple series of steps. You can take the advice of these steps and follow them if you wish to use accent lighting in a stairwell, because an unlit stairwell is dangerous, even for adults who have lived in a home with the unlit staircase all their lives. So if you wish to find out some of the many ways to use accent lighting on a stairwell in order to prevent accidental injury, you will find it right below:

  • A permanent light fixture is one of the best ways of dealing with a barely lit stairwell. You can do this by setting up a mounted chandelier lamp, preferably right on top of the stairwell so that it is able to light it up completely. However, this can be a little jarring if the lamp is too strong as staircases are normally narrow, so if you are going to set up a permanent light fixture, then it is best if you use a soft light—just enough to light the way at night. Also, you may need to be wise in choosing the style of your lamp, as these kinds of lights are obvious, meaning it needs to blend in with the overall design of the house.
  • You can also mount some sconces along the stairway. To those with an eye for creativity and design, these sconces can be fun to design and install. Aside from making the stairs completely safe (normally, three or so sconces should do), it will also make the stairway more attractive—that is, if you choose the right kind of design. It will not be too difficult however, as it does not take much to decorate the stairs (a general rule would be not too decorative, but not too bland).
  • You could also try Touch lights, which have their own sets of pros and cons. Normally Touch lights are battery operated, so even if it can be fun to use at night (your children will certainly enjoy it), it isn’t recommended to leave this type of light on for extended periods. Otherwise, you will waste a lot of time and effort constantly switching batteries.

Although there are still other ways you can use accent lighting on a stairwell, the steps above are the best ways. Good luck!


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