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Stair Lighting - Any ideas ?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Buying & Building' started by cominatcha, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. cominatcha

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    Hi ALL,

    :hiya:

    Was looking at puting in some lights on the stairs and some in the landing at "ANKLE" Level.....however I want to use these in two ways.

    1) To light up a dark floor at midnight !! You know when you need a drink you dont have to blindly walk around or switch on bright lights that blind you.

    2) As a lighting feature maybe in the evening.

    Does anybody have any ideas how I would achieve this ??

    I have looked at pressure mats ? Has anybody used these ? they will trigger the lights when stepped on ? Thats the idea but how would I implement this ?

    Secondly as a feature piece - could I use a lutron and have these lights on a seperate zone ? can I time when they switch on/off using a LUTRON GRAFIK Eye ?

    Would appreciate any help on this.

    Thanks ALL

    :)
     
  2. hornydragon

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    i suggest you look at helvar a far more accomplished system than a grafffic eye....
     
  3. Gooba

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    I use wireless X10 PIR's to activate the lights in the hall and landing. I use Homeseer to control the brightness of the lights so that I am not blinded in the middle of the night.

    I would recommend using LED lights if you are mounting at ankle height just becuase they run so cool. LED bulbs also normally last a lot longer.

    If you want more info please give me a shout.

    HTH

    John
     
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    I'm looking at rope light both sides. I'm mounting it in the actual skirting board that finsihes off each side of the stairs. I hope that the rope itself wont be visible, and that at night I'll be able to run it at 30% brightness to give enough light to walk without waking the house.

    For sensors, I'm just going to use the existing alarm (comfort and soon to be c-bus) and rely upon the PIR. Pressure pads are ok, but no matter how small and hidden can show through the carpet in high wear areas (such as the stairs).

    What would be cool is something that lit only the step your on :)

    I would be interested to know what you end up doing.
     
  5. kevshed

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    I have installed white LED Lighing - just simple kit from B&Q , and have but a graffic eye zone inline on the low voltage circuit..... unconventional i know, but it works.

    Just waiting for new carpet to go down, but i think it will look cool.

    The implementation is crude though... i dont have any timers, or sensors.
     
  6. cominatcha

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    Some good ideas !!

    I never really thought of LEDs.

    Was getting stair "downlights" put in - hopefully will look nice !!!
    It would be great if when you stepped on the stairs the light before your next step came on !! :thumbsup:

    I've never used a Lutron but have one on its way to me !! I was told that they have an inbuilt clock - does that mean I can time when lights go-on/dim etc automatically ?? (Just a sly question - slightly off topic sorry)

    In terms of the staircase lighting - I'm looking to incorporate them into one of the evening scenes for the passage/landing area but am looking for that control factor - regarding PIR sensors - does'nt this mean if I attached the lights to trigger when there was movement e.g. at night they would light - BUT I wont really need them to trigger in the day/evening, how would I incorporate MORE control e.g. Turn on at Night at 30% - would I use a PIR ? Pressure mat ?

    Any ideas on control ? maybe I should have to systems - LED for 30% at night and the stair lighting attached to the Lutron.

    What do you think ?

    By the way MAPLIN stock Pressure mats - am trying to find out if I can use them as above !! Will update SOON.

    Thanks ALL :thumbsup:
     
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    Some LED lighting here. Any use?
     
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    I thoroughly recommend http://www.mrlighting.com/. I went there today to talk about my 'Well Light' requirements. It's a family business and as such you do get the friendly personal touch that you wouldn't from many of the big retailers. I spent about 3hrs there whilst a chap called Michael showed me a variety of LED products and there were some really cool ones, including a remote controlled colour changing LED. They have products by many manufacturers. I bought a mini LED walkover light which has a 100,000hr rating; is pretty impressive to me. Finally after scouring the internet for a while and ringing a few companies, I did find them to be the cheapest for what I needed.

    Give them a call and if you find something you like mention that I referred :)
     

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