If you want an incredibly elegant staircase which compliments every style of architecture and allows an abundance of light to pass through, glass is your best option. As well as being simple to maintain, a glass staircase can be further transformed by the addition of lighting. LED lighting can be used to light either the stair treads themselves or the accompanying balustrade or wall. Whatever you choose, the outcome will be utterly stunning. So why choose a glass staircase with lights?
Why choose a glass staircase with lights? Colour
The transparent nature of glass makes it the ideal material to use in conjunction with LED lighting. With a simple flick of the switch, the entire glass panel can be flooded with eye-catching colour. The shade you choose is completely up to you. If you have used a particular accent colour in the rest of your interior decor, that would be an obvious choice. Alternatively, you could choose a set of colour-changing LED lights. These will allow you to change it up with your mood, season or party theme.
Blue and green shaded lights work particularly well with glass staircases as they nicely complement and enhance the natural tint present in much glass. However, if you would prefer to use a warmer toned colour such as red or orange, simply choose a low-iron content glass. This should have no noticeable tint.
Bright and bold colours will typically contrast well against darker walls, balustrades and handrails, especially those made from wood or metal. The splash of colour will quickly draw attention and positively invite people to head upstairs.
Why use LED lights?
At Glass and Stainless, we would alway recommend using LEDs (light-emitting diodes) for this sort of work. They offer a far brighter light than traditional bulbs, making them ideal for use on a staircase where clarity is so important. Incredibly long-lasting, LEDs are also highly energy efficient. Unlike traditional bulbs, barely any of their energy is wasted as heat. Furthermore, when installed correctly LEDs are certainly durable enough for use on a staircase.
The small and slim nature of LEDs means that they can fitted into the narrowest of spaces, including the tread or edge of a staircase. A qualified professional should be able to fit a LED lighting strip so that it sits flush with the glass, stopping it from becoming a trip hazard. The earlier you get the fitter involved with the design of the staircase, the higher the quality of the finish will be. At Glass and Stainless we can design a bespoke staircase that accommodates any additional features that you are interested in.
Most LEDs can be installed with the option of a dimmer switch, allowing you to increase or decrease the intensity of the light as needed. For an additional touch of magic, you could connect the LEDs to an infrared motion sensor. As you approach the staircase, the lights will switch on automatically like something straight out of a sci-fi film. As well as looking impressive and dramatic, such a sensor can also help reduce your energy consumption by minimising the amount of time the lights are switched on for. Remote control is another fun option for you to consider.
Glass and Stainless can help you choose a glass staircase with lights that will make a clear architectural statement. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.