Lighting is key to how home interiors look and feel.
When designed and executed carefully, feature lighting creates a welcoming ambience; however, even the most beautiful design or interior in a poorly lit space can become dull.
Stairs are a focal point in a property and can often be viewed from many aspects, leading the eye from one space to another. Lighting on or around the staircase dramatically enhances the look of both stairs and the surrounding area.
Richard McLane, Bisca’s Design Director, talks about staircase lighting
Ask yourself – What are you trying to achieve with light?
Use accent lighting to blend in with light levels in the surrounding area and provide safe, navigable lighting levels on the staircase itself. The stairs will then be visible when its surroundings are dark – something to consider if your property is open plan.
Accent lighting can be mounted within, or on walls, ceiling, soffit, treads or the handrail itself.
The room shots below clearly show the difference accent lighting can make. Staircase lighting enables the staircase to have its own voice day and night.
Even in a room with an abundance of natural light, accent lighting can still add impact to any staircase. The lighting of the helical staircase below casts a warm glow and draws the eye up (or down).
Statement lighting such as chandeliers, drop pendants, spotlights etc. are commonly used in or around the stair area and as well as providing overall light, give wow factor.
Bisca will liaise with other members of your project team to provide the necessary data and information to allow the optimum positioning of statement lighting.
For the project below, we worked closely with the clients’ chosen lighting designer to ensure the globes of the pendant light aligned with staircase and floor levels.
Coloured lighting can create or continue a mood with washes of colour to complement the décor, ambient light or to create theatre.
The interior of Belvelly Castle is a fabulous example of where mood interior lighting creates theatre. Both our staircase and wine wall have concealed colour changing LED strips.
The glass balustrade & open tread design of the staircase makes the most of the available light, but additional lighting on the stair is provided by a concealed LED strip in the underside of the leather-clad handrail. Lighting hidden in the underside of some treads casts a warm light over the stair area and the vases below.
Lighting within shadow gaps can be wired for a colour of your choice, or simply to provide a feature on the staircase.
Staircase lighting works best done as part of the staircase design, and not an element added afterwards. Bisca will work with your lighting designer, if applicable, and ensure the staircase lighting is fully integrated with the overall lighting design developed for the property. Bisca’s fully bespoke process allows us to incorporate products specified by others.
Maintenance and replacement
Maintenance always needs to be part of the staircase design. Bisca consider this as part of the stair and lighting design, providing clients with a fully integrated solution.
Importantly, we will also discuss the supply of power cables, locations of drivers and integration with the site electrical system with your architect/electrician or lighting designer.
Finally, depending on the layout of a space, it is sometimes more appropriate to design lighting around the staircase rather than on the stairs. The positioning of the surrounding light still needs to be considered during the staircase design.
Give us a call, or drop us a line, about your new staircase design and lighting options.
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