Tips on Outdoor Deck Lighting

By: Richard Gazzo

When the summer months roll around, it's time to pull out the barbeque and start having those outdoor deck and patio get togethers. Decks are most likely to be in the dark evening hours, so it's important to have adequate light, as well as the right types of lighting and illumination in place for these situations. Deck and patio lighting will not only light up this space but it can add to the security around the exterior of your home in late hours. I have complied some useful tips to help you get the most out of your outdoor deck area.

First off it's important to provide accent and task lighting but, at the same time don't over illuminate the area so it looks like a football field big no, no! Don't light up the area like a Christmas tree, it looks cheesy, you want to provide enough light but don't overdo it.

When it comes to stairs you want light, you need to see the steps, the last thing you want is your guests falling down the stairs.

Avoid glare from the deck lighting or outdoor lighting fixtures, glare is the enemy of any lighting installation, try to hide the light source and use indirect lighting as much as possible. Another tips is to hide the light source, this gives your lighting installation a more professional look, you want to see the light, but need the lighting source.

If you have a certain plant or area that you want to focus on, you can use the moon lighting effect to achieve a soft but bright glow. This technique will give the plant a natural moonlight glow, giving your lighting installation a professional feel.

There are many types outdoor deck lighting from, step lights, path lights, pendants and outdoor wall lights to name a few. Styles range from traditional (wrought iron) to contemporary (brushed stainless steel). Try to give a complete look and feel to your deck area, or any room in your home for that matter. I recommend that you don't mix and match design styles it will make the deck look less than professional.

The most important thing I can recommend is to have a plan before you go forward, or you might end up missing something. Take your time and do it right the first time.

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