LED lighting in stairwells

Good lighting in a stairwell goes beyond just a beautiful appearance. Good lighting is an essential part of ensuring the safety of residents and visitors. After all, the stairwell is not only a passage, but also a crucial escape route in emergency situations. At Prolumia we are committed to providing high quality lighting solutions. Our range includes a wide range of LED fixtures, including recessed and surface-mounted fixtures, wall fixtures, ceiling fixtures and strips. But why should you use LED stairwell lighting?

Replaced lighting in the stairwell with LED lighting

LED lighting is not only extremely energy efficient, but it also has a significantly longer lifespan than traditional lighting. This not only saves you on energy costs in the long term, but also on maintenance costs.

At Prolumia we offer an extensive range of LED fixtures, including recessed and surface-mounted fixtures, wall fixtures, ceiling fixtures and strips. This gives you the flexibility to choose lighting that fits seamlessly with the construction of the stairwell. Did you know that wall lamps in stairwells can not only be functional, but can also add a stylish touch? Discover our indoor lighting for inspiration.

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Advantages of LED stairwell lighting

Investing in high-quality LED stairwell lighting is a wise choice that brings a number of advantages. In addition to naturally increasing safety in the stairwell, LED lighting also consumes considerably less energy than traditional lighting, which leads to equally significant savings on the energy bill.

In addition, LED lamps last much longer than traditional lamps or fluorescent tubes, which means you have to spend less time and money on replacements.

Finally, LED lighting does not contain harmful substances such as mercury and contributes to a greener planet, and LED technology offers the flexibility to integrate wall lamps into stairwells.

Discover more about our gallery lighting and LED strips to benefit from this innovative LED technology in your stairwell lighting. At Prolumia we fully understand the importance of high-quality lighting for stairwells, and we are ready to advise you on the best solutions for your property.

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Grimbergen and van Putten Elektrotechniek had a conversation with Robert van Heyningen (key account manager LED lighting) during the first edition of our in-house event Point. They had a nice challenge. A number of homeowners' associations in Leiden wanted to replace conventional porch and gallery lighting with sustainable LED lighting.

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Extra safety through stairwell lighting

The importance of lighting in a stairwell goes beyond just illuminating your path. It can also provide an important lifeline during emergency situations, such as fire. For example, in a situation where a fire breaks out and the power goes out, lighting in a stairwell provides a reassuring solution to this terrifying situation. Thanks to the built-in emergency lighting function of Prolumia LED lighting, your stairwell remains brightly lit, even if the normal power supply is interrupted.

Our linear lighting for residential buildings is specially designed with safety in mind and meets the highest standards for emergency lighting. This means you can be confident that your stairwell will always remain clearly visible, even under the most challenging conditions.

In addition, stairwell lighting can also contain integrated sensors that detect movement. This means that the lighting switches on automatically when someone enters the stairwell, saving energy when no one is present. The result is not only a more efficient stairwell lamp, but also extra safety through good visibility when it is needed most.

Standards for stairwell lighting

The most important standard that applies to lighting in a stairwell is the NEN 12464-1 standard. This standard does not set legal requirements, but does specify the best options for indoor lighting. These standards are expressed in lux. The NEN 12464-1 standard recommends that stairwell lighting have a minimum brightness of 100 lux. This ensures that the stairwell is well lit, so that residents and visitors have a clear view of the steps and the surrounding area, both during the day and at night.

Suitable color temperatures for stairwell lighting

The choice you make about the color temperature for your stairwell lighting has a lot of effect, because it directly affects the atmosphere, but also the functionality of the room. In general, neutral to cool color temperatures, often referred to in Kelvin (K), are well suited for stairwell lighting. This includes color temperatures in the range of 3000K to 5000K. 

These neutral and cool color temperatures provide a bright, white light that improves visibility. This is crucial in stairwells, where people need to be able to move safely without overlooking obstacles. In addition, this light reproduces colors accurately and faithfully, which is useful if you have color-coded markings or signage in the stairwell. Especially during emergency situations, such as a power outage or fire, the bright, white light from neutral to cool color temperatures is essential. It reduces panic, facilitates rapid evacuation and helps people to act quickly and safely.

During the day, you can consider using a neutral color temperature around 4000K. This provides bright, but non-glare lighting that complements the natural light. At night, a cooler color temperature such as 5000K may be preferable as this ensures optimal visibility in the dark. In any emergency situations, a color temperature of 5000K or higher is suitable to maximize safety.

The role of the CRi value

When evaluating lighting, the color rendering index (CRi) is an important aspect to consider. This index indicates how naturally the colors of objects or the environment appear under the light of a particular light source.

The CRi is indicated on a scale from 0 to 100, where 100 represents perfect color rendering, comparable to natural sunlight. For example, an incandescent or halogen lamp usually has a CRi of 100, while fluorescent tubes typically range from 60 to 90 CRi. A higher CRi value means that the light from the light source displays the colors of objects more faithfully than a light source with a lower value.

A high CRi value is usually important in stairwells. This means that the light faithfully reproduces the colors of the objects and surroundings. This keeps every detail clearly visible, significantly reducing the risk of tripping or falling. In addition, a high CRi value in stairwell lighting ensures that bright and accurate light is available in the event of an emergency, which minimizes panic, facilitates rapid evacuation and helps people to act quickly and safely.

Frequently asked questions about lighting in stairwells

How many lumens in the stairwell?

The required number of lumens for your stairwell depends on the size and use of the room. It is generally recommended to have a minimum of 75 to 100 lumens per square meter for normal stairwell lighting. This provides sufficient clarity to navigate safely. For emergency situations and if you want extra visibility, consider choosing lighting with a higher light output (lux).

Which color temperatures are suitable for stairwell lighting?

Neutral to cool color temperatures are suitable for stairwell lighting. This includes color temperatures in the range of 3000K to 5000K.

How do you replace stairwell lighting?

Replacing stairwell lighting can be relatively easy, but it is important to always proceed with caution. Turn off the power, and remove the old fixture by loosening mounting screws and carefully removing the old lighting fixture from the ceiling or wall. Disconnect the wiring from the old fixture. Be sure to mark the wires so you know which wire goes where when you install the new fixture. Install the new stairwell lighting according to the manufacturer's instructions. Make sure the wiring is connected correctly. Turn the power back on and check that the new lighting is working properly.

It is important to note that if you are not familiar with electrical installations, it is advisable to hire a professional electrician to carry out the stairwell lighting replacement to ensure it is done safely and correctly. Safety always comes first with any electrical job.

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