“There’s a trend toward the more extensive integration of lighting with modern hardscape elements,” says Gregg Mackell, principal lighting designer at 186 Lighting Design Group.
Sleek, minimalist linear step lighting illuminates a path while keeping light fixtures hidden from view. It also enables you to more easily highlight an architectural feature, such as stairs or a freestanding wall.
Mackell designed the stair lights for the home in Boulder, Colorado, seen here, installing a linear outdoor-rated light-emitting diode (LED) light channel under the cap of each step. “The light channels are aluminum, with an acrylic lens pointing downwards,” Mackell says. “Inside the light channel is a wet-location-listed tape light. There are a number of manufacturers who make this kind of light, which can be factory-cut or field-cut to an exact length.”