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The best LED lights for stairs and staircases

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LED lights have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and continue to do so. In 2020, 14% of lighting appliances in homes were operated by light emitting diodes, and that figure has surely increased since. With the current energy price rises, homes need more energy-efficient bulbs like LEDs; not only are they best choice for bills, but they can be placed anywhere in your home too.

In this guide, we will explain which LED lights work well with staircases, where they can be placed and how to keep them as safe as possible. We will also discuss the very best colours for your stair lighting, and how LED lights can enhance your home.

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What types of LED lights are good for staircases?

Placing LED lights around your staircase is a great idea for dark nights for better visibility, as well as adding elegance to your home. LED strip lights are incredibly flexible and come in a range of colours that can be perfectly suited to your interior décor. They can also be cut down to size easily, and attached to a range of surfaces without any fuss. They're incredibly safe, and don't burn as quickly as traditional incandescent bulbs, making them a great stair light option.

LED flex lighting is also a great idea, especially for bannisters and the side of the staircase. Like LED strips, they're incredibly flexible and are a popular choice for signs. They can also be cut to size and shaped to fit your preferences, with plenty of colour changing options to really make a statement.

LED modules aren't typically used for smaller spaces, but they're a great choice for a ceiling light above your staircase. Choosing an LED light is much more energy-efficient than choosing a halogen bulb, and can help you lower your energy bills. To find out more about LED lights for your home, you can visit us on our advice centre here.

Where can LED lights be placed on my stairs?

There are numerous places on your staircase to place LED lights, with each location providing something extra to your home. A popular place to choose is your bannister, whether that be underneath, along the side or on top. They can be installed into your bannister for excellent staircase lighting with a little extra help, but they are completely worth it. They can create ambience during those cosy nights in, as well as provide extra light.

LED lights can also be placed under stair treads to bring your home and your staircase into the modern age. They look discreet yet elegant, and you can choose any colour you wish to mix perfectly with your home. Also, placing LED lights under stair treads can help illuminate your way up your stairs, providing extra class to your space.

Finally, LED lights look great the side of your staircase, leading the way upstairs distinctly and brightly. No matter where you want to place your LED lights, we have a wide collection of LED strip lights and flex lighting kits for you to browse through.

Will my LED lights be safe on my stairs?

As long as your LED lights are maintained and kept away from any hazards, they will be a completely safe option for your staircase lighting. The safest place to install LED lights is underneath your bannister, as they are less likely to pick up dirt and damage. If you choose to place your LEDs on your stair treads or at the side of your staircase, make sure they are kept safe and won't be damaged by footfall or pets.

LED strips lights and flex lighting can be maintained by using a cloth to wipe away dust and debris, which can leave them working for longer. As mentioned previously, LED lights are much safer than more traditional options, as they don't burn as brightly and are safe to touch. People may have concerns about the lights being in such close proximity to the wood, but there's no need to worry with LED lighting.

You also need to make sure that the LED staircase lighting is close enough to a power supply so that does not stretch and does not overload a socket. This way, your interior lighting can power effectively without the worry of overpowering. If you would like to discuss installing LED strip or flex lighting into your staircase, you can get in touch with us today.

What colours should I choose for my staircase?

Ultimately, the colours you choose are entirely up to you, but there are various factors that come into play.

Your existing home decor can influence your decision, as you don't want to clash with what's already there. If you currently have more neutral tones that surround your staircase, opting for a cool and warm white hue can bring extra elegance to your space that you can enjoy for years to come.

If you have a quirky home, and you'd like your LED stair lights to reflect this, try looking towards reds and blues to really make a difference. You can even opt for colour changing RGB LED strips to create a fun atmosphere when hosting parties.

If you don't plan to host parties frequently, colour changing options might not be the best fit. Sticking to one block colour can still have an impact, and can be a conversation piece for any guests you invite to your home.

If you would like to browse our colour changing LED strips, you can visit us here.

LED lights at We Love LEDs

Here at We Love LEDs, we have a vast collection of LED strip lighting, flex lighting and LED modules for you to choose from. Whether you're looking to make a sign, decorate your space or add something extra to your garden, we have plenty of colour, voltage and sizing options to choose from. We even have festoon and fairground lighting for larger signs and decoration. We can also provide flex lighting kits, full of everything you need to get started.

To find out more, or to discuss your options with us today, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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