3 Ways To Use Recessed Step Lights Outdoors

3 Ways To Use Recessed Step Lights Outdoors

Are you searching for a way to make your entryway or deck stand out? Recessed step lights are a great way to add flair and enhance safety compared with other traditional light sources. Here are three ways that we recommend using recessed step lights on your property:

1. Illuminate Stair Treads

Two steps leading up to a deck, lit up at night from underneath using an in-lite product. A green bush beside the steps.

If you want to take your project to the next level and add a modern look to your stairs, consider installing under tread lights. This type of recessed stair lighting, called line lighting, is installed underneath the tread of the step, providing a soft, gentle light that's perfect for accenting your walkway and providing added safety to your property.


in-lite’s EVO FLEX strip light is fitted with the highest quality LEDs designed to produce an even beam of warm light. This artistic yet functional fixture comes in 3 sizes (3, 6 or 9 feet) and you can customize its length and shape to fit into any design.

2. Light Up Stairs From Above

A photo of the in-lite WEDGE series installed on a retaining wall covered with a garden.

Outdoor wall lights are another great way to add accent lighting to your stairs. These fixtures can be installed on a wall next to the steps to shine a warm and inviting glow down onto your walkway. The addition of wall stair lights will provide added visual interest and add extra safety in the evening.


in-lite’s WEDGE LED Deck Post Lights produce an attractive and subtle luminance to your steps, allowing for better visibility and ambience. Made from quality aluminum, these lights are waterproof and also work great as deck post lights or deck rail lighting. 

3. Recessed Step Lights

Small FUSION 22 RVS 12V lights installed on the step of a deck, lit up in the evening.

Recessed step lights provide both function and beauty, illuminating the way while also adding a touch of elegance. There are many different types of recessed stair lights to choose from, so you can find the perfect look to complement the existing décor of your space.


in-lite’s FUSION 22 RVS 12V is an LED recessed light designed for illuminating a walkway, patio, or deck, and it produces a beautiful glow in the evening.

Tips for Stairway Lighting Placement and Selection

Three black cubid lights by in-lite are installed on a retaining wall beside a set of steps.

When it comes to stairway lighting, placement is key. You'll want to make sure that your lights are installed properly in order to provide adequate brightness, while still being aesthetically pleasing. Here are a few tips for stairway lighting placement and selection:

  1. Position tread lights to fit right into the vertical face of the steps. This will help to make the fixture look natural and built-in. This will also allow your recessed stair lights to illuminate the entire stairway and prevent any glare.
  2. If you don't want your lights to be the focal point of your stairway, opt for outdoor wall-mounted fixtures. This will provide adequate light without being too pronounced.
  3. Choose LED lights for a more energy-efficient option. LED lights are increasingly popular due to their energy-saving capabilities.
  4. Consider using motion sensor lights. They can be installed near the stairs and will turn on automatically when someone approaches.

How Do I Power Step Lights?

 The in-lite low-voltage transformer installed on a wall, with a hand beside it holding a phone with the in-lite smart app on screen.

Most step lights are powered by low-voltage (12-volt) electricity. This means that you will need to install a low-voltage transformer somewhere in your outdoor space. in-lite’s transformer system operates at 12 volts and can power your step lights. Click here to view our low-voltage transformer options.

When it comes to recessed step lighting, there are many options available to complement the existing style while providing the necessary light for safety. No matter what type of lighting project you are working on, we have the right solution for you. Our experienced staff is ready to answer all of your questions. Connect with our team here!