Help & Advice
How to lighten a dark stairwell?
There are several ways to brighten up a dark stairwell. You can consider installing multiple light sources such as wall sconces or pendant lights at varying levels. Using LED bulbs can also provide brighter and clearer illumination. Reflective surfaces, like mirrors or light-colored paint, can help bounce light around and make the space feel brighter. Additionally, if possible, adding a window or skylight can introduce natural light into the area.
What size pendant light for a stairwell?
The size of the pendant light for a stairwell depends on the size and height of the space. As a general rule, the light fixture should not appear too small or too large for the area. For an average-sized stairwell, a pendant that's 18 to 24 inches in diameter might work well. However, for grand staircases or those with high ceilings, you might consider larger fixtures or even a series of cascading pendants.
Where to hang light in a stairwell?
Ideally, the light should be hung where it provides the most illumination to the entire staircase. This is typically at the midpoint of the stairwell's height. Ensure the pendant or light fixture hangs at a height where it doesn't obstruct the view or pose a risk for taller individuals. If installing multiple lights or wall sconces, space them evenly to ensure consistent lighting throughout.
What lights to use in a staircase?
There are various lighting options suitable for staircases. Wall sconces are great for providing even lighting throughout the stairwell. Pendant lights, especially those with a longer drop, can work well in staircases with higher ceilings. Recessed lights in the ceiling or step lights can also be used to illuminate each step. For a modern touch, LED strip lights can be installed along the handrails or the base of the stairs. Always prioritize safety and ensure that each step is well-lit to prevent accidents.