Hallways and Stairs: Lighting Your Home’s Connectors

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Adequate lighting in your home’s hallways stairway and landing is essential, but your options simply do not end with a single fitting with a high voltage lamp to light the space. Many people are completely unaware of what can actually be achieved with the thoughtful placement of quality, practical light fittings in this small, seemingly insignificant and often forgotten part of our homes. Many of you would also be surprised to learn that just as much can be done, in regard to attractive accent lighting, in these connectors as can be achieved in one of the main rooms of the house, such as a living space or kitchen.

Most people have the impression that they are limited by space in hallways and stairwells, however there is a lot to be said for the advancements in both flush light fittings and recessed fittings for use in smaller spaces, which correctly positioned can provide attractive and practical accent lighting. But for the people that have properties with large staircase and halls then the great selection of ceiling pendant or even stunning chandeliers on the market today can certainly be taken advantage of.  

Wall lights are a landmark in hallway lighting. Back when they originated in castles all over Europe and England, wall lights were the only hallways lighting option, and they came in the form of blazing touches placed into fitted, iron forged, cones or baskets. But you will be happy to know that things have progressed greatly since those humble beginnings and today there is an amazing range of wall light fittings available in a variety of styles, from the classic and traditional to more modern, sleek, almost futuristic designs. Wall uplighters or downlighters are perhaps the best way to generate a feeling of great depth to a hallway and create the illusion of space with a warm glow gently washing up or down the walls.

Recessed light fittings, as we have previously mentioned, is a great way of getting additional light into your hallways and stairwells and you will find that most homes (particularly modern structures) can accommodate it. Having recessed light fittings placed into the skirting boards on your landings is perhaps the best way of accenting your home’s walkways, and also , if place on to a separate circuit they can act as a handy night light all on their own. Recessed light placed into stairways can, under the right circumstances can make a dramatic effect on you lighting plan and perhaps make your stair case the most eye-catching and noteworthy part of your home. A recessed light placed into the wall next to a step will wash a very attractive glow or warm light of the foot tread and can create a spectacular effect in open or closed stair plans.

An important thing to remember when planning your hallway and stairway lighting plan is you keep the lighting temperature and intensity a close as possible from space to space. Different levels of light and noticeable change in intensity over such a short area can be very confusing for your eyes and can bring on headaches and migraines, not to mention generate a cluttered and puzzling feel to the decor of the house. It is also a handy tip to layer you lighting plan on different circuit for when it is not necessary to have an intense or universal source of light filling the space.  This particularly comes in handy for getting up in the middle of the night of on dark mornings and you need to navigate from room to room without shocking your retinas with an intense glare which we all know can be very uncomfortable.

Hopefully now, we all understand a little more about our lighting options in this often neglected part of the home and help us get a little more overall enjoyment and comfort from our vital connectors, to provide a more relaxed and even flow to the overall feel to the your home.   

David Cullis Is the owner of Lighting Majestic

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