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Avoid accidents and make your steps more intriguing with a low-hanging light fixture

Posted by Amber Burkhart at

If you've just moved into a new house, it's important to consider the safety of your staircase. Especially if you have small children, you may be worried about this part of your home, since no parent wants their children to take a tumble. You may feel that the steps in your new home are particularly dangerous, though the problem is often not with the structure, but rather with a lack of lighting. 

Especially for those who aren't all that sure-footed—like small children or the elderly—navigating a full set of stairs can be difficult enough, and nearly impossible without ample lighting. Both for safety purposes and to add an interesting visual aspect to the space, you should therefore consider adding a low-hanging light fixture to illuminate this part of the house and ensure that it brightens everything. 

Though there are regulations concerning the height of your hand rails, the same requirements do not apply to light switches. It is a good idea to make sure that the switch that contains the lighting for the steps is at a reasonable height for children, so that they can light the way for a trip down the steps on their own. 

Of course, you'll also want to make sure that the structure is properly blocked off especially if you have very small children or toddlers who have not yet mastered this skill. But adding a pendant fixture is a great way to improve the safety long-term and the perfect first step to achieving a style all your own for the new house. 


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