Let There Be Light
When night falls, it’s harder to swim or barbecue, but it’s also less safe if you cannot see where you are going. Installing backyard lighting makes it much easier to see the surroundings, so parties can last longer with less hassle. Not only does outdoor lighting help protect your property and keep everyone safer, but deck lighting also contributes to a stylish outdoor ambiance. Looking for new outdoor lighting to hang up in your yard? Allow us to illuminate you with 11 deck lighting ideas that are surefire ways to light up your life.
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If a deck is a source of pride and joy, and entertaining out there is preferred, a little thing such as nighttime doesn’t have to interrupt a gathering. While many decks have wide umbrellas to block out the sun during the day, that umbrella also can be used to hold battery-powered or electric lights at night. These relatively inexpensive lights can hang inside an umbrella or all around the edges, like this picture, to illuminate it and the backyard gathering.
Attempting to walk up or down stairs in the dark can be a recipe for potential injury. To help avoid that nightmare, integrated stair lighting can be helpful to illuminate the path. For example, this energy-efficient Low-Voltage Full-Brick LED Deck Light (available at The Home Depot) projects white light downward on the treads through its slanted openings on the faceplate. It’s easier to see where you’re going, and they add to the stylish decor.
String lights or fairy lights aren’t just for the holiday season or a kid’s room. Placing string lights across a roof or backyard is an easy way to create an ethereal and intimate backyard aesthetic. Plug-in or battery-powered, these outdoor-rated lights can be strung above a dining table, across a pergola, or along the length of a fence to add a soft glow during an evening cookout, a dinner party, or afternoon garden festivities.
Solar Railing Lights
If you’re looking to add light to a deck that’s discretely integrated into the design, fixtures that attach to the deck railing can help. These plastic Ideaworks Solar Deck Lights have a built-in solar panel that absorbs sunlight during the day and automatically turns on at dusk and turns off at dawn, making it an eco-conscious choice. The set of three railing lights are offered in brown or white and also come with mounting hardware. Available on Amazon .
When light is needed indoors, many will often switch on a ceiling-mounted light fixture. If there is an overhead structure offering a space for mounting, an outdoor-rated light fixture could be added to brighten the backyard. Battery- and solar-powered pendant lights can easily add a bright light to a deck, whether it’s a lantern-inspired light or a streamlined modern fixture. Making it even easier to light up a deck during a dinner party, some outdoor pendant lights have remote controls.
If there aren’t places to hang a light, then in-floor lights may be the right option for lighting up a deck. This four-pack of bronze TimberTech LED In-Deck Lights are mounted into the deck’s surface and give off an ambient glow in the dark. Safe to the touch, they can add ambience with their diffused soft glow, while providing increased safety around the perimeter of a deck or on the stairs. Available on Amazon .
Overhead Deck Light
For homeowners with a covered deck or patio, attaching a battery-powered outdoor-rated flush-mount light to the ceiling is an easy way to incorporate a bright light that shines overhead. Some offer remote controls to make it easier to turn on and off, and others offer options for adjusting the brightness and setting timers. If hard-wiring a light is a possibility, there are more outdoor-rated recessed lighting choices to fit in with almost every design aesthetic.
Many homeowners opt for a pergola to provide a seating area and partial shade while relaxing outside. The structure’s posts and its grid of beams and rafters can be used to hang up lights and brighten up the area at night. There are plenty of outdoor-rated lighting options that can be hung on a pergola, including these Indoor/Outdoor LED String Lights (available from Pottery Barn) or paper lanterns. Lights can be hung from the rafters or even wrapped around the posts.
Shaped like stars, star lights are usually string or pendant lights that add ambiance to a dinner party or special gathering. Some star lights (available on Amazon) take the theme up a notch to create a whimsical, unique, and magical outdoor experience. String these lights across a table, ceiling, or umbrella to make it truly a starry night, even if you can’t see any real ones in the sky.
Deck Floor Lamps
If there isn’t an option to hang or mount a light, a floor lamp can be effective. The Tango Outdoor Floor Lamp from Smart & Green adds whimsy and color when it’s lit up. The battery-powered lamp doubles as a planter and has glowing ambient lighting that can change colors using a smartphone app. Whether the goal is all-white lights or a mix of hues, this lamp can be adjusted to accommodate many different styles. Available on Wayfair .
Deck Ceiling Fan with Light
A deck can get quite warm, in addition to getting dark at night. To accommodate both of these factors, it can be helpful to install a ceiling fan with a light from an overhead structure. This Hunter Key Biscayne Ceiling Fan with Light Kit can be used indoors and outdoors, and it comes with a lantern-style light kit and blades with a weathered finish. It has a WhisperWind motor for a powerful, quiet cooling effect. Available at The Home Depot .
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