Lighting indoor staircase


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Old 01-31-20, 10:04 AM
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Lighting indoor staircase

I will be renovating my indoor staircase. I will be replacing the carpet with solid hardwood treads and painted risers. I am interested in lighting up the staircase. I am curious to know if anybody has experience in placing LED strips recessed underneath the overhang off the treads. Also, I would like this to be 110 V, so that I could hook it up to the switch controlling the two ceiling lights over the landings. If there are better solutions to accomplishing this, Id be very interested to know.

Any help or advice will be appreciated, and any suggestions for lighting kits to use.

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Old 01-31-20, 10:41 AM
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It could still be low voltage if you hook the transformer to the switch.
 
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It's a matter of taste. LED lights can be quite bright and you may find the lights to be bothersome or even difficult to deal with, particularly when ascending and the light is above and in front of you even if the light itself is fully covered. Also, stained wood can make for difficult reflections. Some people opt for placing the lights along the wall but at stair height which seems to reduce the glare.
 
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Old 01-31-20, 12:13 PM
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So if I put lights along the wall, shiuld I recess them into the start skirt board?

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Being on a stairway you probably want to avoid anything that sticks out much. There are many options, some with canopies that defuse the light somewhat. When lighting from the wall, the light often illuminates 3 steps (including one above and one below) so you may not have to install as many lights.
 
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Old 01-31-20, 01:10 PM
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We have a very dark stairwell to upstairs, I installed 3 of these into the wall just above the stairs, they are on 24/7 and provide just the right amount of light so at night you can see the steps.

https://www.amazon.com/Legrand-Pass-...00287245&psc=1
 
 

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