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27 Outdoor Step Lighting Ideas That Will Amaze You

Whether you want to use stairs or step lights to liven up your backyard, or you only want to see high-end stair lighting designs, this post provides you with 27 curated outdoor step lighting installations. Be the envy of your neighborhood by trying to apply one of these in your property.

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A Collection of 27 Outdoor Step Lighting Installations

No two gardens look the same. They use, different looks, styles, plants and hardscape materials. How you move around in the garden is unique as well. One way to “transform” a garden uses lighting which involves lighting the outdoor pathways, walkways, steps and stairs.

For some great ideas with nighttime garden lights, for lighting where you walk, be it on a rock path, climbing wooden stairs or taking strides on large pieces of natural stone. You’ll be impressed by all the creatives ways and ideas used to light our steps in the garden.

Under Step and Under Stair Lighting

These outdoor step lights look beyond cool; they make up the stairs themselves. Lighting up the garden with a passion no other step light could. It makes itself the center of attention at night. Perfect for people that like luxury yet unique appearance. So modern and sleek.

These lights are well hidden under the rim of each step giving the elevating part of the step some well-deserved illumination. They act as real kitchen under cabinet lights for your steps.

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These outdoor steps remind me of candlelit dinners at a night garden. The lighting looks like it is just enough and not too bright. Almost like little lines of fire under each step. Adding LED path lights with motion sensor feature will make it more dreamy and a success.

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Quite sophisticated and cozy looking LED lights, with definitely a modern feel. The lighting works well for a smaller area and gives each landing and extra touch making the stairs look even more unique.

The step lights arranged in a diagonal pattern going up and down, shine brightly to show you the exact location of each step landing are. The diagonal pattern they keep the steps interesting. They also make a great choice for a garden maze or sky garden.

The lights on these outdoors steps look like floating candles.  I love the elegant and minimalistic look. Perfect to build the most envied night gardens.

This staircase is the kind people dream about for their garden and backyard.  It offers the best of both world by having higher and lower levels to enjoy and relax. I’m sure this looks striking in the evening especially at full moon or a starry night! This moonlight garden setup is perfect for higher spiral staircase as well!

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The stone pathway to this house lights up with what almost appears like “lighted bricks.” The use of cheap pathway lights in this an evening garden setting is so simple, yet so elegant providing very soft and romantic outdoor lighting on your outdoor stairway.

These stone steps look so rich with lighting spilling out on every other level looks to provide enough light without overpowering. Truly eye-catching and unique!

The yard bright lights beneath these stair treads look distracting from the angle in the image with every other step lit. Lots of light filling the large wooden  steps, to keep everyone safe.

I love how these low voltage wooden step lights looks very modern with a minimalist feel but still look great and provide ample light! Not sure if the “dark area” actually holds a mini solar panel.

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Another application for these deck step outdoor solar lights mounted to a fence. A modern, minimalistic, simple, yet also very cool and classy look. These solar path lights are great for the modern family!

A modern twist on bright landscape lighting illuminates the stairs leading to an outdoor second level, adding style and sophistication the garden in a unique way.

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Stairs interestingly flare out with semi-circles. The wood on the landings looks to almost wrap around. The security lighting below each step truly highlights the staircase.

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The soft lights on every other step give you the “runway” approach to the entrance of a contemporary home. An aesthetically pleasing lighting application.

The right side of this residence. A series of outdoor lights are illuminating steps, looking incredibly stylish, bit providing safety and ease of use.

These oddly small lights may not provide lots of lighting for the steps. However, with these lights on your steps, you will never be lost in the dark! Very inconspicuous and lots of work a DIY project.

The outdoor steps appear “steep” and the look stylish while providing plenty of extra light for the outdoor staircase. The lighting looks practical without taking up space. Excellent use of light on the handrails as well!

Soothing lights illuminate the steps going to the backyard of a home. Highlighting each step providing additional safety features as well as ambiance.

DIY Outdoor Step Lighting

These paper lanterns turns a dull setting to a magical place perfect for an outdoor garden party. An excellent yet unusual scheme for garden pathway lighting or even a stepping stone path.

Planning a gathering and worried about guest climbing your outdoor steps to another level? Adding these DIY outdoor path lights to the concrete steps make for a quick and easy fix.

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Another lighting design that would cause extreme jealousy and envy. With executed hanging lights under the rim of this deck railing. Looking like a vein of energy coursing through the yard but not overwhelmingly. Use rope lighting for this type of application.

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The design of these lights built into the step share some intricate patterns to amuse yourself and visitors. A fun way to add visual interest. perfect for botanical gardens as they help emphasize the beauty of night-blooming flowers with every step. They do not make a cool shadow, though.

The light appear as the base of these “slab” steps providing a modern feel to the landscape illuminating the whole area with feelings…  With consistent weed control and maintenance, it will never sleep as it joins the night blooming flowers in the gardens at night.

Evenly spaced to light up the area near them and nothing more. The lighting adds a bit of sparkle most steps desperately scream for.

These step lights illuminate the path and don’t blind, while they emit a “soft” glow to make sure visitors know the location of the seating area.

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The fire pit spices up a backyard, and the concrete steps with awesome garden lighting invite guests to what appears as another level of the backyard. They look good at day, in the late afternoon and even more spectacular at night.

These small outdoor step lights do a great job of lighting up the steps, adding the perfect amount of light without taking up space.

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