deck lighting

June 16, 2014

6 Ideas for Lighting Your Deck

If a home is equipped with a deck, it is likely one of the most frequented places of the property. Decks are great for outdoor lunches/dinners, get-togethers, outdoor projects, and more. These are six ideas for lighting a deck so that it is not only useful, but also fun and inviting.

Lighting Ideas

1. Post Accent Lighting

Many homeowners go with post accent lights to keep their decks will-lit and useable at nighttime. This lighting option not only looks great, but the installation process is rather painless. This process only really requires finding post caps that fit the size of the posts on the deck, and lastly screwing them in place for stability.

2. Stair Lighting

Stair riser lights are also a popular choice when homeowners light the decks of their homes. Stair riser lights are inviting, and they also add a degree of safety. These lights specifically come in handy when stairs are located in particularly dark areas and they need to be traversed frequently.

3. Tiki Torches

Tiki torches are fun accents for outdoor barbeques, pool parties, or fun get-togethers. Tiki torches are quite versatile; they can either be planted right into the ground for stability, or they can be placed in planting pots so that they can be arranged around the deck. Additionally, some homeowners go as far as directly attaching them to deck posts using tools.

4. Fire Bowls

Fire bowls are great solutions for outdoor lighting, especially on decks. This type of light source is especially great for nights when you want to gather around an open fire with family/friends and roast marshmallows or hot dogs.

5. Candle Lanterns

Candle lanterns are a classic option for deck lighting, and they are relatively inexpensive to maintain. These types of lanterns can be hung around the deck, as well as placed intermittently on posts and surfaces. What’s even better is that candle lanterns also make great bug repellants!

6. LED Lighting

Lastly, LED lights can make a bold and fun statement about an exterior deck. What’s even better is that they can be customized by color, shape, and other attributes. Consider giving LED lights a look if the deck in question is likely going to be used for outdoor get-togethers and parties.

For help and information on getting started started with planning/installing lighting on a deck, be sure to check out to www.tricountyexteriors.com.

December 13, 2013

Three Reasons to Light Your Outdoor Living Space

When many people imagine their dream deck, they picture how big it will be, what color it’ll be, how many levels it will have, what they’ll do on it. But most of the time, they don’t think about how they will light their deck. Sure, your standard porch light will light your deck. Without using a harsh floodlight, however, it’s likely that portions of your deck are in shadows. Here are three reasons you should consider built-in lighting for your deck.

Safety First
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As the days grow longer so do your deck parties. But twilight shifts to night pretty quickly and the edges of your deck can be hard to see, which can be dangerous even if your deck sits on the ground. Recessed deck accent lighting can be used to define the edges of your deck, helping to ensure that nobody accidentally walks over the edge because they don’t know where it is. Another potential danger in the dark is your stairs. Riser lighting is available to illuminate each step, for added safety and awareness.

Mood Lighting

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Nothing beats spending a date night out on the deck, but the harsh light from a porch light can really ruin a romantic dinner. With remote-controlled dimmable in-deck lights, you can easily adjust the level of light to match the mood (and maybe limit the number of six-legged guests)!

A New Level of Sophistication

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The difference between an average deck and an outdoor living space is all in the details. Built-in deck lighting brings a design together and adds a level of sophistication that a standard back porch light cannot. Lighting in your railing posts, stair risers and recessed into the deck elevate a deck from average to exceptional.

Plate Samantha (2013 July 18)Three Reasons to Light Your Outdoor Living Space. Retrieved December 05, 2013 From Fiberondecking/blog.

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