Minimum required:


  • Check locally.
    • Outlets are not usually required in stairways, but some places consider them hallways and therefore require an outlet.


  • Over the stairs.
    • At least one light for the stairs, more if the stairway turns. The code requirement for this is pretty vague, it just says adequate lighting. If you have more than 5 risers (steps) you will be required to switch the light(s) from both top and bottom of the stairway.

In my example:

  • Nothing special.

Common Options

  • More outlets.
    • Add as many as you'd like. Can be nice on a landing, if you have one between flights of stairs.
  • More lights.
    • It's up to you.
  • Step lights.
    • You can use these for your stairway lighting, but it's more common to install them on a photo cell, so they come on automatically whenever it's dark.