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Outdoor step lighting is typically referred to as a form of safety lighting. This is because its purpose is to guide someone safely from one level to the next while highlighting the path your feet must follow.

It goes without saying, if you aren’t able to see where you’re going at night, a trip or fall could lead to a serious injury. In some cases (particularly for the elderly) the injury could be life threatening. Not to mention, the older we get, the more difficult it is to see at night.

This means that the need for effective outdoor lighting is even more warranted when it comes to our older generations. Here are a few additional thoughts to keep in mind when considering step lighting:

Diminishing Glare With Proper Step Lighting

In order to fully appreciate quality step lighting, it’s important to discuss glare. Glare is known as a very bright, harsh, dazzling light, which means, whenever attempting to see where to step, glare is not your friend.

As a matter of fact, glare actually diminishes a person’s visibility of a step by drawing your eye to the bright light, instead of directing your vision to the uneven surfaces. Proper step lighting fixtures must be able to minimize glare from all angles in order to create safe pathways to walk.

Options For Outdoor Step Lighting

There’s a wide range of options when it comes to step lighting. Especially when you consider the the tremendous advancements in LED lighting, which have caused the options to explode over recent years.

However, many outdoor lighting professionals won’t recommend a few options for step lighting.  This includes the usual in-step brick light with either a louvered face or flat glass front. The glass face fixture is notorious for creating a significant amount of glare which can actually distract you from looking at the step itself as you’re approaching it.

At the same time, the louvered option solely lights a very miniscule area of the step as opposed to the whole step. A better option would be LED linear lights which fit have the ability to fit under the lip of your step. Additionally, the linear design not only gets rid of any glare issues, but also effectively lights the entire step.

Outdoor Deck and Path Lighting

Another fantastic option in many applications is a deck style light, which can be mounted on a post or wall, and — because they’re smaller fixtures — could be installed on one or both sides of your steps.

A deck light points the light down to the step and away from your eyes, spreading the light more evenly on the steps. This is a smart choice as it has the ability to light more than one step at a time which will allow for fewer fixtures in order to accomplish the task.

Yet another method would be to place path (or spread) fixtures at the top of/along the steps, in flower beds or planters. Path lighting is typically seen as a decorative element within the landscape, and comes in a wide range of designs in order to accommodate virtually any style preference.

Stay Safe Around Your Home at Night

Here in Atlanta we are fortunate to have some very beautiful night skies. However, this also means we have some very dark changes in steps or elevations.  
Let NightVision Outdoor Lighting perform an evaluation on your outdoor spaces in order to find the absolute best method for illuminating those dark areas for you. Contact us for a free estimate here.


Q: What is step lighting? 

A: Step lighting refers to installing lights on or around steps, stairs, and staircases in residential homes. These lights are designed to illuminate the steps, making them safer to navigate, especially in low-light conditions or at night.

Q: How does step lighting increase safety for my home? 

A: Step lighting increases safety by providing enhanced visibility and reducing the risk of stair accidents and falls. Properly lit steps help individuals see the edges and changes in elevation, allowing them to navigate confidently and minimizing the chances of tripping or slipping.

Q: Are there different types of step lighting options available? 

A: Yes, various step lighting options are available to suit different preferences and needs. These can include recessed step lights, surface-mounted step lights, LED strip lights, motion-activated lights, solar-powered lights, and even integrated lighting systems built into the steps.

Q: Can step lighting be installed both indoors and outdoors? 

A: Yes, step lighting can be installed both indoors and outdoors. It is commonly used for staircase illumination inside the house and for outdoor steps leading to entrances, decks, patios, and pathways. The versatility of step lighting makes it applicable to a wide range of residential settings.

Q: Can step lighting be energy-efficient? 

A: Yes, step lighting can be energy-efficient, especially when using LED lights. LED bulbs consume less electricity and have a longer lifespan than traditional incandescent bulbs. This helps reduce energy costs and minimizes the need for frequent bulb replacements.

Q: Are step lights customizable to match the decor of my home? 

A: Yes, step lights come in various designs, finishes, and colors, allowing you to choose options that complement the aesthetic of your home. You can opt for sleek and modern designs or more traditional styles to blend seamlessly with your interior or exterior décor.

Q: Is professional installation required for step lighting? 

A: While some step lighting installations can be done as DIY projects, it is recommended to seek professional assistance, especially for complex wiring and installation in challenging areas. Professionals can ensure proper placement, wiring, and adherence to safety guidelines, minimizing any potential risks or issues.


In conclusion, step lighting is an effective way to increase safety for your home. By providing enhanced visibility and illumination on stairs, step lighting reduces the risk of accidents and falls, especially in low-light conditions. With various options available, such as LED step lights and customizable designs, step lighting can seamlessly integrate into the aesthetic of your home while providing an important safety feature. Whether indoors or outdoors, installing step lighting is a valuable investment in ensuring your and your family’s well-being. Consider consulting professionals for proper installation and enjoy the added safety and peace of mind that step lighting can bring to your home.