Staircase lighting ideas: 14 statement ways to illuminate your stairs

a beautiful staircase lighting idea with a pendant light dropping between storeys
(Image credit: Rebecca Hughes Interiors)

Staircase lighting ideas are a little bit different than the lighting schemes you use in other spaces in your home. Not only does your staircase lighting need to be sufficient that everyone in your home can use the stairs safely, but it’s arranged on a gradient in what’s potentially the most narrow spot in your home — meaning many lighting ideas just won’t work in the space. 

This does, however, open your staircase up to a different world of lighting design. From dramatic drop pendants to modern strip lighting, your staircase offers a real opportunity to get clever with your lighting design.

Headshot of Piero De Marchis, Director of Detail Lighting
Piero De Marchis

Piero De Marchis is the director of Detail Lighting, a lighting design company focussed on integrated architectural lighting design. Piero knows a thing or two about creating the right ambience in an interior space. Alongside his team of lighting experts, Piero collaborates with architects, interior designers and specifiers to ensure that lighting designs fulfil a purpose and solve a problem for clients.

Head shot of Iain Shaw, Director of Brilliant Lighting
Iain Shaw

Iain is a founder and director at Brilliant Lighting. Based in North Yorkshire, Brilliant delivers inspirational lighting designs for a variety of clients across the UK and Europe. In his role at Brilliant, Iain is responsible for marketing, communications and technology.

Headshot of Janos Hampel, Director of Stellar Lighting
Janos Hampel

Janos Hampel is the director of Stellar Lighting, purveyors of high quality and exclusive lighting products. Stellar Lighting specialise in LED strip lights and smart controlled staircase lighting. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.

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