Deck Lighting Design Ideas

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Deck Lighting Design Ideas
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Including lighting in the design of a deck is an integral part of making it an outdoor area that can function both day and night. Deck lighting can range from simple functional lights that show the perimeters of the deck, to the main design feature of the deck itself.

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Fairy Lights

Fairly lights provide the most whimsical of deck lighting. Fairly lights can either be wound around the deck railings, or strung up over the deck in a tent-like fashion. Decks that have potted plants or trees can utilise these daytime attractions at night by winding fairy lights through the branches.

In-Deck Lighting

Lights set into the deck flooring are a good way to light a deck and showcase the area. In-deck lighting is most often used to highlight the perimeter of the deck and is designed so that they can be walked on without the light being damaged. Another way of designing in-deck lighting is to drill inch-wide holes into the decking at random intervals, fill them with clear resin and set the lighting disks beneath them—creating the impression of a starry sky on the decking.

Tiki Torches

Tiki torches provide a lot of atmosphere, as they are a live-flame torch that runs off propane, gas or oil. Tiki torches are usually free-standing when outlining an area outdoors, but they can be wall-mounted and set as tabletop units as well. Tiki torches also come in different themes, from medieval to Moroccan style or modern brushed steel, enabling a wider design choice to suit different decking themes.

Solar Deck Lighting

Solar lighting on a deck provides the simplest form of deck lighting. Solar lights can be mounted on walls, free standing or built into railings and need no wiring or electrical supply. During the day the solar lights will absorb energy from the sun and they have an inbuilt mechanism which turns the solar lights on automatically as night falls.


Sconces can be mounted on deck railings, on walls, steps or posts and can be fixed to either shine light downwards or upwards. Sconces can be used to simply highlight the perimeter of the deck, or they can be used to accent a particular feature, much like lighting in a gallery or museum.

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