3. Accent Stairs- Hardwired
This system uses our Normal Bright Flexible strips to provide accent lighting to a staircase. Also used were our plug-in screw terminal connectors, bulk in-wall cable, a 40w E-Series Dimmable Transformer, and a compatible wall dimmer/switch. The Normal Bright Flexible strips offer nice accent lighting with 30 LEDs per meter, this makes it the perfect candidate for under lighting stair treads. If you need assistance creating a system for your project, make sure to email our design team firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 480-941-4286.
Measuring Available Space for LED Strips:
To illuminate each step on the stair case we measured the entire length of the tread and subtracted 1.5” from one side to leave room for power connections. Since we are not interconnecting these LED strips we only need one side of the LED strip for connections.
Mounting the LED Flex Strips:
The LED strips can be mounted one of two ways, the first is to mount the LED strip directly under the tread of the stair with the LEDs pointing down. This will provide more light onto the tread below it, you may see a reflection of the diodes if your stairs are especially shiny. The other option if available, is to mount the LED strip on the frame of the tread with the LEDs facing back towards the riser of the stair. This will keep the LED strip completely out of eyesight but will provide a nice glow under the stairs.
The customer decided to go with a hardwired dimmable system controlled from a high voltage dimmer/switch. In a hardwired dimmable system we use a dimmable transformer instead of a plug-in power supply. The hardwired transformer splices directly to the high voltage coming from the wall switch dimmer instead of plugging into an outlet. Plug-in power supplies are not compatible with any high voltage wall dimmer/switches, dimming them is a potential fire hazard. Make sure you check out the instruction sheet to the right labeled ‘Transformer Wiring Guide’ and make sure you have a licensed contractor or electrician install the transformer.
The transformer was installed in the basement of the home, and the cables were ran to each stair tread before the drywall went up. When installing the drywall for the home, make sure you leave enough slack in the cable so it can reach the LED strip. If you have a lot of stairs, wiring a cable for each one to the output of the transformer can get messy. To avoid this, you can run one cable from the output of the transformer to a j-box location where you can splice all of your cable connections. When the LED strips are installed, you can terminate the cable at each stair location to the plug-in screw terminal connector. If the lights are not lighting up, make sure to double check the polarities of the cable and make sure they match the polarities of the LED strip.