These are so many decorative lighting ideas that can be used to illuminate an outdoor space. Since you do not spend a lot of time outdoors, there is not much need to ensure that the lighting is good enough to read a book at night. The only requirements are that the light is enough for you to see clearly, so you don’t fall, and they add to the whole place’s ambiance.
The trick for great deck lighting is integrating various types of dim lighting into your deck to create a soft yet fully illuminated space that adds to the aesthetics of your home.
The right lighting doesn’t have to be bright or subtle, white or yellow, coming from one source or multiple. You get a lot of creative freedom when selecting lighting for your deck because there are many options available. Below are a few examples.
Types of Deck-Orative Lighting:
- Deck Stair Lights
- String Lights
- LED Strip Light
- Hanging Bulbs
- Path lights
- Under-Table Lighting
- Recessed Lighting
- Marine LED deck lights
- In-Floor Lighting
- Under Rail Deck Lighting
- Solar lighting
- Post Caps
- Rope Lighting
- Pendant lights
Looking at the list that we have compiled would have made you realize that there are so many different kinds of lighting that can be used. Yet like we had specified above, all of these are very subtle mood lighting. So what you need to know is this:
Identify which areas require the most light:
Some areas of your deck would already get some light from your windows or other such areas. Keep that in mind. Focus on areas like your outdoor cooking space and stairs as they need sufficient lighting.
See which kinds of lighting go well together:
Post caps and under rail deck lighting are a waste if used together. One is sufficient to illuminate the boundaries of your deck. Similarly, under table lighting and in-floor lighting together are a waste. Choose combinations that work well together, not cancel each other out.
Create a lighting display that exaggerates the dimensions of your deck:
Make sure to highlight every nook and corner of your deck and all its boundaries; that way, your deck would appear much larger than it already is.
Be as innovative as you like:
Lighting does not have to be obvious. It can be strategic. Integrating lighting into the outdoor features (like an umbrella, swimming pool, or plant displays) enhances that outdoor effect. You can even integrate lighting into the furniture like under-table lighting. While you are already focusing on combining aesthetics with functionality, consider placing candles or installing an outdoor fire pit to elevate the overall experience.
You do not have to spend thousands of dollars on hiring a designer. You just need the right contractor and a whole lot of creativity to master deck lighting.
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