5 Outdoor Stair Lighting Ideas

by | Sep 14, 2021 | Blog, Stair Safety

Adding lights to your outdoor stairs offers many benefits. From lighting the way to prevent falls, to adding a decorative flair, stair lights are an easy way to improve the quality of your entryway or porch steps. Here are 5 stair lighting ideas to consider when you’re looking to light the way!

Recessed Lights

Recessed lighting is a great style choice as they make your stairs look sleek and intentionally designed. Not only are they design-savvy, but they also offer a safety element due to the illuminating light that comes from them. To install them, place them on the riser of your step so that the light comes from the center and illuminates the entire edge of the step. 

Supports Beneath The Stairs

If you’re looking for a warm glow rather than a prominent glow emitted from recessed lighting, considering adding lights to the supports beneath the steps. Be sure to get lights that are water-resistant so they aren’t damaged by storms or heavy participation. 

Path Lights

Path lights aren’t directly on the stairs, but they still offer great visibility for your stairs. There are a variety of different path light designs you can choose from, such as a lantern-style design. Pro Tip: Try to avoid any path light designs that could accumulate water, because if water submerges your lights, it can lead to a risk of electrocution.  

LED Lights

If you’re looking for a noticeable, bright glow, LED lights are the choice for you. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes at various price points. You can actually get LED lighting for fairly cheap prices. They are also quite energy efficient, which means you don’t have to worry about leaving them on during the night.  If you’re looking to add some creativity to your outdoor stair lighting, you can get remote-controlled color LED lights. These would be great for changing seasons and hosting parties with friends.


If your outdoor stairs have a handrail to hold on to, adding a light under your handrail can provide a hidden yet effective stair lighting strategy. For the best lighting, add the light in a linear direction up the handrail. 

What’s Left?

Now that you know your stair lighting options to help prevent falls, you only need to add one more safety measure to your steps: Traxion Treads.  Traxion Treads are the first and only step treads for all weather conditions. Traxion Treads are perfect to add to your stairs because of their durable polypropylene non-slip design. They provide extra grip so that you and your guests can feel more confident. Buy yours today! 


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