The Fundamentals of Deck Lighting
If you’ve spent a lot of time, effort and money turning your backyard into a pleasant and relaxing sanctuary, you’ll want to make sure you can enjoy it as much as possible whether the sun is out or not.
Deck lights can give your backyard a beautiful and peaceful ambiance at night and allow you to highlight special features, such as a bonsai or regular garden, fountain or statue. They can also ensure that you, your family and your friends remain safe outdoors after the sun has gone down.
There are many different types of deck lighting to choose from. For most families, however, I recommend low voltage lighting, which costs less than the older, higher voltage fixtures and will go easy on your energy bill.
When it comes to deck lights, you can be as creative as you want in the shape, size and color. Accent lights allow you to outline deck railings, stairs and door frames to help prevent falls at night. They can also be used to highlight a sculpture or flaunt rare plants. They come in a variety of colors, giving you plenty of opportunity to create a unique and dramatic outdoor ambiance.
Recessed lighting is another option, and can be installed in the floor of the deck, creating a soft and unobtrusive glow at night. Finally, traditional fixtures can illuminate a large amount of space for outdoor dinners, staying up late with friends or just enjoying the night with a good book.
If you are a proud member of the DIY club, there are deck light installation kits you can purchase at your local home improvement store. These kits should include everything you need to install the lights yourself. Most deck lighting kits are not complicated; however, it is important to follow the specific directions within the kit.
Ensure that the plan for the layout of the deck lights is sketched and viewed virtually before you begin work. Remember to turn the power off at the breaker box when working, since you will be cutting and joining wires. Install one light at a time and test for functioning before you move on.
Deck lighting will help you create an elegant, sophisticated and very functional outdoor ambiance. Not only will it feel like you’ve just added a whole new room onto your home, it will also increase your home’s value! Deck lighting provides a maximum return with minimum effort and cost!