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!