Stairway Lighting Creates Safety Problems

By Greg Vanden Berge

There are quite a few homes that have bad stairway lighting or no stairway lighting.

Most homes built before the 1960s don't even have stair lighting and these homes can create safety problems for anyone using the stairway, once it becomes dark.

If this stairway is perfectly Straight and there is plenty of light and the people using the stairs are cautious and careful every single time that they walk up and down the stairway, there's a good chance that you won't ever have an accident, while using the staircase.

Now let's think about this for a moment, if everyone is conscious of their safety, we probably wouldn't have any accidents, but that's not the case, is it. People carry heavy bulky items up and down the stairways and usually aren't concerned about falling, because they haven't ever got hurt walking up and down the stairs before.

Even if we remove the large bulky items, unsafe handrails, poor stair construction, slippery stairways, stair design problems and don't include these in our list of problems with stairways, we could still have problems from people running up and down the stairs, turning around, not thinking, or anything else that you could possibly think of that would cause an accident or safety issue with a set of stairs, once we remove the stairway lighting, we only add to the problems.

Imagine being in a hurry running down a poorly designed stairway that’s slippery and then imagine running down the same stairway during the middle of the night without proper lighting. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that you're only adding to the problem, by not having sufficient stairway lighting.

You don't need to fall down a set of stairs in the dark, to realize that stairway lighting is very important and if you're building a home, make sure that you have sufficient lighting in your new staircase.

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