LED recommendations for step lights:
LED step lighting is traditionally thought of as feature-lighting.
Step-lights are not just for houses and residential properties – they can enhance exhibitions, hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants and all kinds of other business and commercial locations too.
Fitting & wiring LED step lights:
LED step-lights can be installed with or without aluminium extrusion housings.
Option 1 – with extrusions
InStyle offer three LED extrusion profiles specifically designed for step-lighting projects.
This type of LED profile is installed on the edge of the stair’s tread.
The lens directs the LED strip’s light downwards, to wash the stair riser below.
The resulting effect displays the LED’s light, without drawing attention to the light-source.
Like the Downlight extrusion, the Uplight extrusion is installed on the edge of the stair’s tread. But as the name suggests, the lens is positioned to direct the light from your LED strip upwards.
This produces a stronger lightbar effect, rather than a more subtle light-wash.
The light-source itself is in full view.
Sturdily constructed to protect your LED tapes against footsteps, Stair Tread extrusions are designed to be fitted on the tread of a step.
Raised just 11mm, they’re not only useful for step-lighting; they’re an ideal way to create lightbar effects on floors and platforms too.
Alternatively, you can also use a Thin Surface extrusion to protect the LED tape from kicks and footsteps.
Option 2 – without extrusions
When installing exposed step-lights (without aluminium extrusions), the best approach is usually to stick your LED strip to the underside of the stair-tread’s overhang.
The LED light will then shine downward, creating a glow effect while hiding the light-source.
Wiring your LED step-lights
The wiring required to drive step-light LEDs is very similar to the wiring required for shelving and bookcase LEDs.
You can connect your power supply to the LED strips on each step either serially (end to end) or in parallel, as shown above.
These recommendations apply to InStyle’s commercial-grade Epistar-branded LED strip lights. For lower-grade strip lights from elsewhere, adjust accordingly.