Outdoor Deck Lighting Ideas

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Outdoor Deck Lighting Ideas
Dress up your backyard with deck lights. (Silhouettes of the city lights image by sarininka from Fotolia.com)

Put the finishing touch to your deck with lighting. Choose from electric, battery-powered or solar lighting, depending on the placement desired and the areas where lighting is necessary, such as stairwells or near doors. Make the deck an extension of your home, turning it into a comfortable living space by night as well as by day, with lighting.

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Post Lighting

Post lighting is available in complete light post styles, post caps and post bases. Complete light posts can be bolted to the floor of the deck or can stand alone and are available in many styles, from old-fashioned gas lamps to modern glass globes. Post caps mount on top of existing deck rail posts. Choose a wood grain look to match the deck rail, or opt for a metallic colour such as gold, silver, burnished copper or shiny brass. Post base lights are installed on deck rail posts, usually near the bottom of the post or on stairs. Post base lights can be used when you desire soft lighting.

String Lights

String lighting, sometimes referred to as Christmas or Fairy lights, are strands of small lights that plug into one another, allowing you to string together as many or as few as you need. Attach string lighting with a heavy duty staple gun, either overhead or along the railing. Wrap around deck rail posts, drape on potted plants, or extend into surrounding trees for a firefly effect. Replace strands when needed by unplugging it from both ends and plugging in a new strand.

Mounted Sconces

Sconces mounted on the wall or ceiling fans with attached lighting provide good lighting for night time entertaining. Styles such as old-fashioned carriage lights, art deco, frosted or mirrored covers and faux candles are available to give you exactly the effect you desire. Keep in mind that ceiling mounted lighting requires a sturdy permanent cover over the deck. Lighted ceiling fans are a good choice in warmer climates to help circulate the air.

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