What Type of Deck Lighting Do You Need?

If you already have a deck, you know how fun and relaxing it can be to go out back on a summer night. If you don’t have a deck, imagine sitting back in a lounging chair with a refreshing drink in your hand, the smell of meat grilling on the barbecue wafting through the air and the peaceful sound of crickets chirping. Seems pretty great, right? Unfortunately, without the proper deck lighting, that relaxing night will have to end a whole lot sooner.

Read on to find out how you can get the most out of your deck experience by ensuring your guests don’t injure themselves, while setting the mood with proper lighting.

Safety lighting

There’s no way you or your guests can enjoy your deck without being able to see what’s going on around you once it gets dark. That’s where different types of safety lighting come into play:

  • Walkway lights: The first thing you’ll need is walkway lights leading up to the steps of your deck. The best type of lighting for your walkway is small, solar powered lights. They come in a variety of colors and styles and don’t require any wiring!
  • Riser lights: Riser lights will guide your guests up the staircase to your deck. They’re attached to the risers on your steps and help to ensure nobody trips and falls.
  • Accent lights: If your deck has multiple levels, it’s a good idea to install small accent lights leading up to the next level of your deck. You could also use riser lights for this purpose, if you feel so inclined. However, accent lights are typically softer, so they help set a more soothing mood on a deck. And speaking of setting the mood…

Ambient lighting

Having the proper deck lighting doesn’t necessarily mean just illuminating the area enough to be able to see. Lighting sets the mood and can literally make or break your evening. Here are some options to consider:

  • Post cap lights: These lights will attach to the rail posts around your deck. They provide a soothing, yet abundant amount of light that’ll help people see, while setting a relaxing mood on your deck. Our post cap lights come in a wide variety of colors and are incredibly durable.
  • Ceiling lights: If your deck has a partial roof, you can mount soft lighting to the ceiling that’ll create a tranquil mood.
  • House mounted lights: It’s a good idea to mount a few lights on the side of your house— just make sure they aren’t too bright. The lights on your house will help people see when they’re trying to go back inside your house.

While we can retrofit any deck with the perfect deck lighting, it’ll be a much simpler process to set up lighting if you give us a call before your deck is built. We can work with you and your contractor to set up the perfect lighting that’ll ensure safety and set the mood. Call Moonlight Decks LLC today for more information!

What to Look for in Deck Light Fixtures

In order to enjoy your deck 24/7, you’ll obviously need to have good lighting. While summer days are pretty long and the party doesn’t have to end as soon as the sun starts to go down, it’s not too much fun to just sit in the dark outside. You’ll have to install proper outdoor lighting to keep hanging out on the deck until it’s time to go to bed. However, the same lights that you put up inside your house won’t work for lighting your deck. You need to buy the right deck light fixtures to get the most out of your time on your deck. Let’s take a look at some
of the fixture options available to you:

  • Light fixtures that are durable: The first thing you need to look for when you’re buying deck light fixtures is ensuring that they are durable enough to survive harsh winters and hold up during heavy rain storms. You’ll find that all of our post cap lights are very thick, so they’re able to hold up through any type of nasty weather. They’re also stylish, which is a good thing, because all light fixtures ought to look nice.
  • Light fixtures with multiple styles: Not all decks look the same. They’re shaped differently, they’re stained differently and they can even be made out of a variety of different materials. Because every deck is different, we offer a variety of different deck light fixtures that can fit the color scheme and styles of any deck.
  • Light fixtures that provide safety: There’s nothing worse than inviting people over for a night on your deck and having someone trip on a step because they couldn’t see where they were going. We sell a variety of different lights that attach to your steps, which will allow you and your guests to walk around safely.
  • Light fixtures that set the mood: You can buy tons of different light fixtures that meet all the criteria above. But the type of light those fixtures emit won’t set the relaxing mood you’re aiming for out on your deck. Buy fixtures that’ll blend in well with your deck and also set an ambient mood.
  • Light fixtures to see what you’re doing: Now that you’ve established the perfect mood on your deck and everyone can see where they’re walking, you’ve got to figure out what you’re going to do out on the deck. If you’re planning on just lounging around, you don’t need a whole lot of extra lighting—just enough to see the people around you and to make sure there aren’t any bugs in your drink! On the other hand, if you’re planning on grilling out, you’ll need to see exactly what you’re doing so you don’t burn yourself or overcook the meat. Luckily, we sell multiple small lights that clip right onto your grill.

Now that you know what to look for in deck light fixtures, visit the Moonlight Decks LLC showroom in Overland Park, KS to find out how we can get your deck ready for nighttime relaxation.