Six Deck Lighting Ideas to Brighten Your Home in 2017

The right deck lighting is essential if you want to be able to see clearly into the night and impress your guests with a nice outdoor atmosphere. Thankfully there are tons of options when it comes to choosing the right lighting for your deck. Before the obvious “deck season” arrives this spring, it’s not a bad time to think about switching up the lighting on your deck for a great new look for 2017:

  • Get rid of your bright lights: As already mentioned, keeping your deck well lit is key this summer. However, there are better ways to go about this than simply installing one or two bright lights. Instead, choose several smaller and softer lights that provide a nice ambience and light the deck at the same time.

  • Update your post cap lighting: Installing lights on top of your deck posts is crucial to maintaining your deck, providing safety and impressing your friends. For starters, post caps prevent your deck from rotting. Most decks are treated to withstand harsh weather. However, deck posts can often be left untreated, which will eventually cause them to rot after heavy summer storms. Second, post cap lights illuminate the deck flooring. Well-illuminated floors make it easier to avoid slip-and-fall accidents. Finally, our post caps come in dozens of different styles and colors to match your deck and personal taste. Update your post caps this winter to make a great impression this spring!

  • Install string lights: Strings of lights hanging above your deck illuminate the area and provide a nice atmosphere. The strands that are made from LED lights are usually inexpensive and an energy efficient option.

  • Light your walkway: If you have a walkway leading up to your deck, it’s time to think about illuminating it. Placing small lights along the path will make your lawn look great, and can help people see to prevent tripping.

Energy bills can get expensive during the summer months. Constantly running your air conditioner runs up your bill, and keeping your deck lights on all evening certainly won’t help you save any money. Luckily, there are deck lighting options to help keep money in your wallet without sacrificing quality or style.

  • Solar lights: High-quality solar powered lights will provide up to 12 hours of lighting if they’ve been in the sun for four hours during the daytime. Since most solar lights are sold individually, they don’t require wiring. The lack of complicated wiring makes them easy to install for the layman.

  • Low voltage lights: The problem with solar powered deck lighting is that it doesn’t work if the lights don’t get a solid amount of sunshine during the day. Yards with tall trees can render solar lights useless. If that sounds like your backyard, you have another option: lights that use halogen bulbs. These energy efficient bulbs only use 10 watts of power, but provide just as much lighting as a standard bulb.

Give Moonlight Decks LLC a call today to help make these fun ideas for deck lighting a reality this year!

Five Types of Deck Lights

Outside lighting is just as essential to your home as your lights indoors. Proper lighting out on your deck provides ambiance to set the mood on summer evenings. It also provides safety to ensure nobody trips and falls once the sun sets. Just like with many aspects of your deck, you have tons of options when it comes to choosing the deck lights for your property that meet your needs and your budget. Read on to find out more about a few of the different types of lighting you can choose for your deck.

Lighting is essentially divided into two different categories: practical lighting and ambient lighting. The first category is practical lighting. These lights are meant to illuminate everything on your deck and provide safety during the night. The second kind is ambient lighting. Ambient lights aren’t really necessary, but they highlight certain aspects of your deck that you’d like guests to see:

  • Door lights: Since you’ll probably be in and out of your house while you’re hosting guests, you want to make sure you have good lighting around the door (or doors) leading into your home. Door lights are a good example of practical lighting that can also provide a nice ambiance if they’re installed correctly.
  • Ceiling lights: You’ll want to make sure the lights in your ceiling are set up nicely if your deck is partially roofed. Great ceiling deck lights provide ambiance to really set the mood during summer nights.
  • Floor lights: Lights on the floor of your deck sit flush with the deck floor and provide excellent lighting for everyone walking around your deck. Since they’re installed right on the deck, they come in all different styles to match any deck. They’re also made out of heavy-duty materials to withstand heavy foot traffic and harsh weather. Recessed lights are usually meant to serve as practical lighting.
  • Stair lights: If your deck has multiple levels, or even a small step to the door, you need to have proper lighting on each of the stairs. Installing poor lights on your stairs (or no lights at all) is a surefire way to cause people to trip and fall while walking around. It’s especially dangerous for kids who are running around playing. Installing stair lights on the vertical risers also enhances your deck’s ambiance.
  • Post lights: The posts along your deck could also use some lights. They’re usually larger lights that are meant to provide a greater lighting radius that enhances your vision on dark nights. They also clearly define the outline of your deck. And just because post lights provide good lighting, that doesn’t mean they can’t look great, too! We carry a variety of post lights that are designed to match your deck design and material.

With all of the different styles and brands out there, choosing the right deck lights can be a challenge. We encourage you to give Moonlight Decks LLC a call and let one of our knowledgeable professionals help you pick out the perfect deck lights for your home!