Your stairways are obviously a functional part of your home, otherwise how would people get from the first floor to the second floor? However, have you ever thought about how they function within the design of your house? If you built your home, you of course thought about the design and layout of your staircases, and their form, size, and materials all play a part in the look and feel of your house. A set of stairs can make a statement, especially if it’s the first thing people see when they enter your home. At The House of Lights & Home Accents in Melbourne, we want to help homeowners understand how lighting impacts their stairways, and how they can improve the design and functionality of their stairs with the appropriate fixtures and controls.

Fixture Placement

Most modern staircases, especially those that start in the home’s entryway and extend to the second floor, are placed along a wall. This allows for wall sconces to be placed at regular intervals, but you’ll want to be sure they’re installed at the proper height. The sconce should be placed where a person of average height cannot see the top of the fixture as they make their way up or down the stairs. You’ll want to be sure they’re still accessible when you need to change a bulb, since putting a ladder on the stairs is usually not a good idea. Our lighting experts can help you choose the best sconces and provide guidance on how and where to install them.

How Much Light Do You Need?

If your home’s entryway has tall ceilings to accommodate the stairwell, you’ll want to be sure there’s enough light for the entire space. You may have a hanging pendant or chandelier as the main fixture, while the sconces provide accent lighting for the area. If the staircase winds around the wall to reach the second floor landing, make sure there’s plenty of light for people to see as they ascend and descend the stairs. Sconces that direct light both upwards and downwards can make the space seem bigger and brighter.

Lighting Controls

If you’ve ever been in a house where there’s only one light switch for the stairway fixtures, then you know how frustrating it can be to search for the controls in the dark. If you’re adding new lights to your stairways, make sure there are switches and controls at both the top and the bottom. This is especially important for segmented stairways that have a landing at the halfway point, and then the steps turn and travel in the other direction. Proper lighting controls provide safer stair navigation, and dimmers give you the ability to set the proper levels depending on the time of day.

If you’re searching for new stairway fixtures for your home, or you need to update your lighting controls, stop by The House of Lights today. We have numerous options to choose from, and we would love nothing more than to help you find the ideal fixtures for your home.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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