Want an alternative to overhead pendants or wall sconces when lighting a hallway or staircase? Why not direct light where it's needed most — at floor level. This gorgeous staircase designed by MCM Design Studio uses direct and indirect LED lighting to highlight the stair treads and show off the beautiful, Swiss craftsmanship and sustainable wooden stairs. The home, a chalet located in a Swiss-Alpine resort, fuses Swiss craftsmanship and traditional materials with modern lighting; all of which is plainly reflected in this photo. In this staircase, the LED strips are hidden under the steps, adding a lightness and ethereal, hovering quality to the substantial wood. In other areas of the home, LED strips have been hidden on beams and placed on the bottom of the swimming pool to add further illumination. Additionally, the granite used in areas of the home takes on a thoroughly modern drama when lit up with blue, pink, or green LEDs. Both the chalet’s interior and exterior lighting systems run on an automated system.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering about the eco cred for LED lighting, LEDs use 50 times less energy than regular incandescent bulbs and also have a very long lifespan. Beautiful and good for the environment? That's a win-win in my book.