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Deck Lighting Options – Basic Considerations

With America’s growing passion for outdoor living, decks are growing in popularity. In addition to extending the living area of your home, decks increase property value. They also offer flexibility for homes built on terrain with variances of levels and slopes.

Deck lighting is an integral part of your overall deck design. If you are working with a contractor, the lighting will be part of the project and your contractor is an excellent source of information and expertise in creating effective deck lighting. If you are either building your deck yourself, or changing existing lighting, here are main things to consider:

Safety First

When your deck is illuminated for night use, it’s vitally important that you, your family, and your guests are safe. Lighting on steps and those leading from seating and cooking areas into the home is critical. When people are relaxing and/or entertaining, where to step needs to be clear and well lit. If cords or wires are not hidden within the design of the deck, they must be placed and secured so there is no chance of anyone tripping on them.

Easy on the Eyes

Placement of lighting for conversation and dining pleasure is important. And if you cook outside, your grill and food staging areas need to be well lit. These different lighting needs call for different solutions. When seated, you and your guests want enough light to see one another, but fixtures should be placed so light isn’t glaring or shining directly in peoples’ faces and eyes. Task lighting for cooking should be focused on the grill and staging area, and able to be turned off separately from the rest of the deck’s lighting.

Style and Ambiance

The range of lighting styles is enormous. A general rule of thumb is to either match or coordinate with the style of the exterior lighting on your home and elsewhere on your property. If you make your basic lighting selections with this blending aspect in mind, you can add unique lighting elements with lanterns, fountains, and so forth.

Practicality will play into your deck lighting choices, as will cost. After considering the basics listed above, you can look at the bounty of deck lighting selections with more understanding about how to illuminate your deck for maximum effectiveness and enjoyment.

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