LED lights are slowly replacing the majority of our lights in homes, businesses and public places as well for their numerous advantages over traditional forms of lighting. Walk-over or step lights are potential places where LEDs are a better solution compared to incandescent lights. These light fittings basically are available for many applications and solutions in households, in gardens, docks, or often in streets for illuminating sculptures or architectural sites.
Walkover lights are basically special fittings with usually regular light bulbs. Since step lights are often used outdoor, and obviously need to be durable enough to be able to carry a certain weight, they need to meet specific regulations and guidelines to ensure their safety and protection from these circumstances. Walkover lights meeting both regulations are suitable for installation in streets, gardens or decks for instance, but the majority of them can be used under water as well, like in a fountain.
The most significant characteristic these lights need to meet is a certain durability and have to be able to carry weight to a certain degree. The weight limit a light can carry determines where it can be applied. Not all lights are suitable for driveways for instance, but only for decks or steps, where people walk. For any use, it is best to check these features with the supplier. Submersible lights, or walkover lights which can be used under water have the same durability and there is a certain depth you can apply them.
For outdoor use, or use under water, all of these lights need to have an adequate IP rating, which indicates their rate of resistance to water and dust. From IP 65 to 68 lights are suitable for outdoor use, or for use under water. For indoor use on stairs for instance IP rating does not necessarily need to be that high, but IP55 is at least necessary for resistance to water while cleaning for instance.
Like mentioned before, most step lights include regular spots that can be found in households. These standard fitting lights are all available with LEDs replacements for their numerous advantages. As a matter of fact, many step lights come as a compact package including LEDs. Since walkover light fittings are usually difficult to access, and changing a light bulb or spot can be challenging, LED lights are perfect solutions with their extremely long lifespan. Most LEDs with average use last for 10 years, but décor lights, which are used for a couple of hours a day only can work for even 30 years. This definitely makes LED lights more suitable for such use than any other lighting solution.
Another reason why LED lights are especially recommended is their cool running compared to traditional and halogen spotlights. Step lights are most commonly made of stainless steel, which can get very hot if the light bulb included emits a lot of heat.
Low operating temperature and little maintenance both make LED lights ideal solutions for step lights in any applications. Their resistance to shock and vibration is a further advantage for outdoors, therefore their use in walkover lights is especially recommended.