12 Ideas for Lighting Up Your Deck

Updated: Jun. 09, 2023

When night falls, you'll need these deck lighting ideas to help create a great space to hang out and enjoy the stars.

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outdoor deck lighting
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Deck Stair Lights

Lights on deck stairs give subtle illumination and make your deck safer after dark.

Psst! If you like this, you might also appreciate this flameless backyard torch that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker with lights.

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outdoor string lights on deck christmas lights
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String Deck Lighting

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.

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Under-Counter Deck Lighting

If you have an outdoor grilling or cooking area, consider putting lighting underneath your work spaces to help everyone see what they’re doing.

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Recessed deck Lighting
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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.

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Deck Post Cap Lights

Deck post cap lights work well in a 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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In-Floor Lighting

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 under the deck railing 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. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up the most breathtaking outdoor lighting looks to take your backyard oasis to the next level.

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Hang Lights on a Pergola

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.

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If you’re looking for a quick, inexpensive way to bring light to your deck space, try outdoor lanterns. Lanterns with battery-operated or solar bulbs (or candles!) are portable so you can put them where you need them most.

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Solar lights deck

Strictly Solar Deck Lighting

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.