Lighting Solutions For The Railings On Your Deck

Posted on: 30 August 2016

When you have a custom deck built, one of the best ways to make sure that they stand out is by exploring various lighting solutions. This is especially ideal if you enjoy sitting out on the deck during the evening, but even if you're indoors, it can be visually appealing to see a pleasant, soft glow of light coming from your deck just outside your windows. You can talk to your local licensed electrician about some lighting installations or, if you're handy, you can buy the necessary components and do the work yourself. Here are some ideas to help get you started.

LED Strip Lighting

LED strip lighting can add plenty of visual appeal to your deck. One of the benefits of this type of lighting is that it's easy to install; you buy it in various lengths, connect one end to a power outlet on your deck and simply use nail-in clips to place the lighting where you want it. Typically, this type of lighting works well under the overhang of a railing, for example. In many cases, it will come with a remote control, which will allow you to show off the strip's prime attraction — its ability to change color. With a press of the button, the deck will be accented in blue, red, green, white or any number of other colors. Your electrician can install this type of lighting subtly so that it isn't visible unless it's turned on.

Solar Lights

Solar lights can easily be mounted to the deck posts with mounting brackets, giving them access to the sunlight so that their panels will charge up during the day. These lights will come on at dusk, casting a nice glow over the deck — without raising your home's energy bills one cent.

String Lighting

If your deck has a wooden structure above it, string lighting gives the space a festive, party-like feel — even when it's just you and your spouse enjoying a quiet evening outside with a glass of wine. You or your electrician can easily string Christmas-style string lighting around the deck, holding it in place with plastic zip ties. White lights are conventional, but you can think about adding different colors of bulbs if you wish to change the atmosphere above you. The position of these lights can be ideal at night; bugs may flock toward the lights, but since they're several feet above your head, the bugs hopefully won't bother you.