When people picture using a deck, they typically envision a sunny afternoon where everyone is relaxing, eating, grilling, and so on. But what happens when the sun starts to go down and everyone prefers to stay outside? The deck lights come on!
Every good deck installation includes lighting options for both convenience and safety. But what sort of lights should you use? Let's go over the popular deck lighting options, and what they are best at (along with any drawbacks that they may have), so you can get the lighting that you need.
This refers to nearby landscape lighting that also helps to illuminate the deck. For example, it's common to have uplighting with spotlights that highlight trees or water features in the yard. A little of this light gets dispersed and deflected, which means just having these landscape lights in place can help light the deck. It may not be enough illumination to see well, but it's enough to avoid accidents and know where you are.
Post Cap Lighting
If you've seen these lights before, you know what we're talking about. A post cap light is simply a light that sits on top of a post or similar structure. Instead of sprouting up like a lamp, it generally has a subdued design that makes it look like part of the post itself. These posts are great ways to line a walkway, deck steps, or deck supports with light, outlining the general shape of the deck and guiding guests at the same time.
Rail lighting tends to run along the rails of the deck. If your deck does use rails, railing lighting can be an incredibly effective option. It works especially well if your railing also includes shelves or counters which can be illuminated at the same time.
Stairs and Steps Lighting
Stair and step lighting are typically built into the steps themselves. This is a basic safety feature. If your deck steps aren't well-lit by another light source, you should seriously consider installing these lights so people can see where they are going.
These lights are particularly popular for decks that see a lot of gatherings. Plus, you can hang them up wherever you want. They are beautiful and provide plenty of illumination, but they also take a lot of maintenance. The lights go out over time and will easily get damaged by bad weather, so they aren't exactly long-term. Swap out the lights depending on what season it currently is.
Traditional lamps and wall sconces can provide valuable overhead lighting as well. This is a good choice if you plan on using your deck for detail-oriented activity into the evening, such as cooking, board games, reading, and so on.
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