Stair Lighting - Safety
Stair lighting would include any lights that are used around a stairway for the purpose of lighting it. There are a few different types of stair lights and lighting methods. The picture below provides you with a wall-mounted, low-voltage, stair lighting system. A well lit stairway is a safe one.
Stair Lighting Problems In Old Houses
Some older homes don't even have lights for their staircases and this
seems to be a problem that most people are willing to accept. However,
you can usually do something about it. There are plenty of
battery-operated, motion sensor stair lights available on the market
today. If you're having a difficult time, walking up and down a dark set
of stairs, this could be the solution.
Another option would be to contact an electrical contractor and install a light for the stairs.
Insufficient Stair Lighting
Every once in while I come across a stairwell that has a lighting
system, but doesn't provide enough light. If this is the case, it could
be as simple as installing a brighter light bulb.
For example, if you have a 60 W light bulb currently installed in your stairwell light fixture, you can switch it to 100 W light bulb or even replace the light fixture.
Stair Lighting Switches
Older homes usually have one light switch, if they even have a light
switch at all, for their stairs. Newer homes usually have a three-way
light switch, that provides users with a light switch at the top and
bottom of the stairway.
A 3-way light switch will provide you with two different light switch locations that operate one light. If you need three or more light switches to operate one light, you will need to switch to four-way light switches.
Stairs / Stair Glossary
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