Make Your Deck POP With Deck Lighting

As fall arrives and the temperature gets cool and comfy, hanging out on the deck is a popular activity. As you enjoy a meal, read a good book, or listen to soft music, having deck lighting that is both functional and decorative can make the evening that much more enjoyable.

Types of Deck Lighting:

There are a variety of lighting options to choose from. Pick your favorite, depending on the type of deck you have and what the best fit is for your needs.

DECK STAIRS/RAILINGS:

Lights on deck stairs softly illuminate where people walk to they can see where they are going. In-floor lighting goes nicely in corners, near steps and by seating. There are many low-voltage options to choose from.

Stringing lights on railings or elsewhere is not only festive, but can stay up year-round for a beautiful glow. Consider using LED lights as they have many benefits and are good for the environment. LEDs use 75-percent less energy than incandescent lights, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, are cool to the touch and last longer.

Putting solar or LED-powered lights under your deck rail not only looks great, but gives your deck a soft glow.

Deck Post cap lights is another idea to consider. These lights come in both LED and solar-powered varieties. They can be found at home improvement stores or online.

UNDER-COUNTER/RECESSED:

Under-counter deck lighting is also useful. Put lights underneath work spaces, like outdoor grilling areas, so the eyes can see. Recessed deck lighting can work well if your deck has a covered area that will protect the lights from the elements. They give the area a dramatic appearance and won’t require constant cleaning. Putting lights underneath the deck floor, if you have a raised deck, is perfect for entertaining below, or for your storage needs.

CEILING/OVERHEAD LIGHTING:

Spotlights are another fine option if you have a covered deck area. They direct light to areas you want to illuminate, such as your deck table when eating a meal outside.

Ceiling fans with lights are also a great option if your deck has a roof. The fans will circulate air and will make your deck time more comfortable.

Try hanging lights on a pergola. You can install string lights or wired light fixtures in the rafters.

 

BUDGET-FRIENDLY LIGHTING:

Outdoor lanterns are a quick and inexpensive way to light up the deck. Portable lanterns with battery-operated or solar bulbs can be placed anywhere they are needed.

Solar lights are another easy option to light up your deck. They don’t require wiring and can be placed on deck posts, walkways and even planter boxes for that special touch.

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