Deck lighting is a popular choice for homeowners because it efficiently adds beauty, safety, and security to your home. Adding sufficient lighting to your back deck can also extend the hours of enjoyment for one of your favorite outdoor spaces. Whether you prefer to use your deck as a space for cooking, play, or serenity, you can find the lighting installations and placements that can provide the best atmosphere for your deck. Read on to learn about five popular varieties of outdoor deck lighting and determine which may be ideal for your deck.
Deck Post Lights
Deck post lights are affordable deck lighting options. This light is often pointed downwards at the deck, which provides illumination to the railing and the surrounding area. These lights are often easy to install and provide a subtle ambiance to the area.
You can find deck post lights in different styles, shapes, and colors to match your deck design. However, because post lights are mounted on the top of a post, they place higher than other lighting and may obscure your view of the starry night sky.
Deck Railing and Step Lights
Adding lights into your deck steps or deck railing can provide extra safety and visibility to your deck. Lights can be installed safely in the steps, so they illuminate the steps clearly. Additionally, you can install lights on the railing posts or under the railing itself so that the bulbs are not visible while sitting down. This creates a seamless but illuminated effect.
Recessed Deck Lighting
If you want a safe but stylish environment, recessed lighting may be your best option. Recessed deck lighting provides extra safety to your deck by ensuring that every part of the deck is adequately lit from overhead. You won’t have to worry about missing a step or bumping into furniture or plants.
String lights are currently quite popular for decorating outdoor spaces. String lights are easy to install and can be placed almost anywhere you have an outdoor outlet available. The downside is that string lighting doesn’t last quite as long as other lighting, but they are great additions for those who want a fun, ambient atmosphere for their deck while entertaining guests.
Pool Deck Lighting
If your deck is near your pool, lighting is essential. You will need to select bright lights that provide safety for everyone in and out of the pool. Recessed and deck posts lighting may be best, as they provide clear visibility of the pool, deck, fence posts, and everything in between.
By installing one or more of these deck lighting options, you can not only create a welcoming outdoor environment but ensure the safety of your family and friends while they enjoy this outdoor space.
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