Deck Lighting Ideas

Your deck is the perfect place for an outdoor gathering. When the sun goes down, that doesn’t mean the party has to end. The solution is deck lights, which come in a variety to match your current style.

There are many options when it comes to light installation and it can be hard to decide where to start. Some homeowners want to provide a bright space to safely cook and play, while others desire the ambiance of subtle lighting. With a few lighting ideas, you can enjoy your deck any time of day or night.

 

Create A Plan

Before you shop for your new deck lights, you should create a plan to determine where you’d like your new deck lights. This will help you focus on what you’d like your lighting to highlight and where they will be placed, before any installations are made. Draw out a simple sketch of your deck and begin to label where the lights will go. One of the first things to consider as you plan to add lighting to your deck is how the lights will be powered. Unlike a house lamp, many can’t simply plug into the wall. So you must determine where the power source will come from.

Second, determine where you want your deck lighting to go and what it will highlight. Are you looking to create a safer outdoor environment? Deck stair lights are a great option as well as any type of overhead lighting. Looking for ambiance? Solar lights or string lights can easily provide a relaxing atmosphere.

Once you’ve mapped out where the lights will be placed, you can find the style that’s right for you.

 

 

Deck Stair Lighting

Decks tend to have specific safety regulations, as many local ordinances require deck stairs and steps to be illuminated. There are plenty of options available, ranging from deck railing lights to illuminate the steps, or lights that recess into the steps themselves. Always be sure to check your city’s code when planning a deck improvement project.

 

Low Voltage Deck Lighting

One of the more common options for homeowners is low voltage deck lighting. Low voltage deck lighting is easy to install and comes in a variety of styles to match your look. Low voltage lighting does require a transformer to reduce the voltage from the standard 120 volts to 12 volts. The initial installation may have higher costs compared to other options, but tends to take less costly maintenance. Low voltage lights tend to produce a soft light, but can vary by the type of bulb.