Building staircase lighting yourself - that's how it works


Too dark stairwells can in some cases represent a risk of tripping. But even where there is sufficient lighting in the evening, an LED staircase lighting can look extremely stylish and high-quality. How to build such a lighting yourself, read in this guide.

Simple variant

The simplest version for lighting an indoor or outdoor staircase are simple solar lights. There are models for under the step, but also models that can be attached to the inner wall.

Solar lamps can also be retrofitted, as they require no installation. They load up during the day on the sunlight, and give off light at dusk.

Problem: Sunlight yield

In dark stairwells, solar lights usually do not receive much sunlight. In addition, the power of the sun is significantly limited by modern insulated windows. In addition, even fully charged LED lights emit only about 5 - 7 hours of light.

The problem can be encountered by buying lamps with built-in motion detector. They are usually only marginally more expensive (high-quality solar lamps with 10 LEDs you get from around 20 EUR per piece including built-in motion detector).

These lamps only emit light for about 90 seconds when the motion detector registers a movement. On some models, the motion detector can also be mounted separately so that the lights are already on when you are still a step away from the staircase.

Installation of LED spots

Depending on the desired effect, there are different possibilities. The LED spots can be installed in different places:

  • on the step (at the edge)
  • below the step (LED bar)
  • in the wall or on the wall in the lower area next to the stairs
  • indirect lighting next to the stairs

Every method of installation produces a typical visual effect. When retrofitting the connection is problematic: Each light must be wired, the cables must be routed to a transformer, which in turn must be connected to the mains. The transformer then has to run additionally via a motion detector, which switches the lights on and off.

Electrician is necessary

Since you should never carry out connection work on the distribution network yourself, you need to connect an electrician in any case. It is advisable to consult with the electrician beforehand regarding the installation and the possibilities for the wiring. Often very simple solutions are possible, which recognizes the expert, but one has overlooked.

Tips & Tricks

With a paved staircase in the outdoor area, you can also consider installing LED paving stones on the edge of the stairs right from the start. In this way, you can illuminate the rest of the paved garden path moody.


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