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Outdoor Stair Lighting Ideas

The top priorities when choosing step-lighting for your outdoor stairs are safety and weather resistance. During the day, your stairs likely get plenty of illumination from the sun, but once it gets dark, you want to be sure that the outdoor light fixtures you install add enough light for safe use of the steps at night. You also want to be sure that your lights are wet rated and safe to use in all range of temperatures that occur in your region.

Safety First

Outdoor stair lighting ideas - Ylighting.
River Path LED Outdoor Wall Light By Kichler

When building your outdoor stairs, consider adding recessed lights that will illuminate the step for safety and style. You can install the lights in the riser of the step so that light is thrown from the center of the step toward the edges.

Glow Up

Hinkley Stairs Outdoor Lighting
Nuvi Landscape Step Light By Hinkley Lighting

For an easy upgrade to open outdoor stairs, consider adding lights to the supports beneath the steps so that a warm glow is emitted between the steps. Make sure your lights are wet-rated so they won’t be damaged by precipitation and try to echo the temperature of light given off by other outdoor fixtures.

Garden Variety

Outdoor lantern stair lighting ideas.
Harbor Path Light By Hinkley Lighting

Another great way to illuminate outdoors stairs is by installing path lights around the steps. Choose ones that are solar-powered and have a design that won’t allow water to accumulate. A classic lantern design with a square pyramidal roof is always a good choice.

Light Your Way

Outdoor modern path lighting for stairs.
1547 Path Light By Hinkley Lighting

Path lights that resemble hanging lanterns are a classic way to light outdoor stairs, especially when combined with a lamppost at the top or bottom of the stairs. Choose lanterns with a bronze finish to blend in with the rustic surroundings and clear glass to throw ample light for safety and style.

Bright Idea

Recessed LED stair lighting ideas.
Modern Outdoor Landscape Lighting

For concrete steps leading up to a porch, inlay LED recessed lights for a sleek and modern aesthetic. Place multiple fixtures on each riser to ensure adequate illumination for safety. Square or rectangular fixtures are sure to complement a modern style.

Warm Welcome

Modern WAC Pation & Stair lighting ideas
LEDme LED100 Step and Deck Light By WAC Lighting

Recessed LED lights are also a great choice for outdoor stairs that wrap around a large patio. Placed on each riser at regular intervals, recessed lights will provide focused light for safer steps and a warm ambient illumination for intimate gatherings on the patio.

Adding lights to your outdoor stairs not only makes them safer, but they can also add a touch of style and inviting warmth to your outdoor space. Choose lights that are wet-rated to withstand exposure to the elements and in a style that complements the surroundings. Whether recessed lights installed in the stairs themselves or lanterns placed at intervals along the walkway, outdoor stair lights are always a great choice. For more YLighting ideas, see our Outdoor Lighting Ideas.


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