Is the question do we
think it needs lighting outlet or is the question does the NEC
require a lighting outlet?
I ask because we seem to have trouble separating what we think is 'right' from what is actually required.
In my opinion the NEC does not
specifically require lighting for these exterior stairs.
Perhaps we could stretch 210.70(A)(2)(b) that requires illumination on the exterior side of outdoor entrances or exits with grade level access to this set of stairs assuming their is a door into the house somewhere at the top of these stairs.
But if we say 210.70(A)(2)(b) requires us to light these stairs where exactly would 210.70(A)(2)(b) stop?
At the bottom of the stairs?
At the end of the walk?
At the street?
In the end some amount of common sense needs to used.
However as I said I do not believe the NEC requires these stairs o be illuminated.
Keep in mind minimum building codes may require lighting here.