Light Up Your Deck

Deck Lighting Options For San Diego


Stay out all night with deck lights

Stay out all night with deck lights

If you have no lights on your deck, then you’re only getting half the use out of it. Here in San Diego, our nights are long and warm almost year round, which means you can be spending them outside on the deck sharing a meal with friends and family.

Deck lighting can provide a calming ambiance to your backyard as well as improve your deck’s safety, especially around the stairs and railing. Most deck lighting is relatively inexpensive, and the improved visibility and beauty it creates is well worth the cost.

Below are some of the most popular deck lighting options. Some can easily be added to an existing deck, while others may require some installation. If you’re still planning to build a deck, it’s important to consider what lighting options you want for your deck so the contractor can include it into his or her building plans.

Post Lights

Post lights are a convenient lighting option that can stand in the corners of your deck. There are many decorative post lights available for sale as well as solar options that don’t need to be connected to an electrical outlet. Just be aware that low-cost solar lights rarely provide as much light as an electrical light, especially on overcast days.

String Lights

String lights are unobtrusive, relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Their soft, dim light makes them a very popular option for homeowners who want a relaxing and casual atmosphere on their deck. The only drawback to string lights is that the dim glow might not be enough to light up the whole deck, which can increase the risk of accidents.

Stair and Rail Lighting

Lighting fixtures can be installed on a deck’s railing or on the stairs to increase safety and make it easy for visitors to find the stairs. Those with elderly or handicapped family members may want to seriously consider adding this type of lighting. LED lights are a popular rail lighting choice and add a soft, white glow that is pleasing to the eye. The drawback to rail or stair lighting is that it may require professional installation.

In Ground Lighting

In ground deck lights are always a favorite with my clients. They have a certain unobtrusive elegance that clients and their guests really appreciate. It’s much easier to install in ground lighting while a deck is being built. It can be somewhat challenging to put in these types of lights to an existing deck, due to the need to connect the lights to the house’s electrical grid. If you’re considering in ground lighting, I strongly suggest hiring a deck contractor.

This article only touches the surface of all the different lighting options available for your deck. Within each category listed here are hundreds, even thousands of different options to choose from. If you’re interested in putting in deck lights that require a moderate to difficult installation, consider calling a contractor to make sure it gets done correctly and safely.

At Best Rate Repair, we are always happy to answer questions about deck lighting and to provide free installation quotes. Call us at (619) 229-0116 or visit


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