12 Ideas for Lighting Up Your Deck
You've put in the work and now it's time to relax on your deck. When night falls, you'll need some lights to help create a great space to hang out with friends and family and enjoy the nighttime sky. Here are 12 ideas to bring some light to your deck.
Deck Stair Lights
Lights on deck stairs give subtle illumination and make your deck safer after dark.
Who says LED Christmas lights are just for the holidays? Hanging deck lights or string lights of various colors can invoke a fun, festive atmosphere on your deck year-round.
If you have an outdoor grilling or cooking area, consider putting lighting underneath your work spaces to help everyone see what they’re doing.
Don’t have an outdoor kitchen? Check out this compact backyard cooking station built by a Family Handyman reader.
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Recessed Deck Lighting
If your deck has some overhead protection, recessed deck lighting work well because they are protected from the elements and don’t require constant cleaning.
Deck post cap lights work well as accidents on your deck space. Available in both LED and solar-powered varieties, deck cap lights are available at most home improvement stores or online.
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There are a variety of low-voltage options when it comes to lighting your deck floor. Place lights in deck corners or near steps and seating for the perfect decking lights combination.
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Under Rail Deck Lighting
Try using solar or LED-powered lights for under rail deck lighting to create a soft glow.
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Spotlights Over Deck
This covered deck area uses spotlights to help direct light where it is needed most. You want to see what you’re eating, right?
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Under Deck Lighting
If your deck is technically a balcony, ceiling fans with lights are ideal. They look great, plus the air circulation and light make the area more functional. In addition, we love how this home also features a hang out space under the deck, which is perfect for under deck lighting.
Hang Lights on a Pergola
If you have a pergola, you can install string lights or wired light fixtures in the rafters. These hanging deck lights accentuate the architectural elements of the structure.
If you’re looking for a quick, inexpensive way to bring light to your deck space, try lanterns. Lanterns with battery-operated or solar bulbs (or candles!) are portable so you can put them where you need them most.
Sometimes a well-placed solar light is all you need. Solar lights are easy on the wallet and can be placed on deck posts, walkways and even in planter boxes—no wiring required.