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Design Guide: 10 Simple Wireless Deck Lighting Ideas

Wireless Deck Lighting Ideas It is great to have lights integrated into your deck. It is helpful to plan out the lighting while the deck is being built, but there is always the option to remodel the deck later on to wire and install lights. This can be costly and time consuming. Below are 10 deck lighting ideas that do not require you to modify the deck in any way or add any wiring.

7 Solar Deck Lighting Ideas

Using solar power is a great way to simply add deck lighting. Solar lighting has come to a point now where they provide bright light throughout the night, only needing a reasonable charge during the day. Because they use solar power, these light fixtures do not require any wiring. They are flexible to arrange around the deck and take a short amount of time to install. Here are 7 solar lighting ideas that can be added to a deck.

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Adding lighting with solar post caps

Solar post caps for decks are one of the simpler solar lights to install. These are light fixtures that simply sit on top of railing posts. The only issue here is to find caps that are the same size as the top of the posts. There is the option to screw them in place to make them more secure.

Posts Lights are simple light fixtures that attach to a side of a post. You will want to take note of the suns location during the day, and make sure the light isn’t shielded by the post. If you are planning on using post caps you can also find matching solar deck post lights.

An Umbrella Light will add lighting around a deck table or a seating area.  Here you will have two options. 1st there are solar umbrella light kits. These are light fixtures that you can attach to an existing umbrella, around the pole, while the solar cells are placed on top of the umbrella to absorb the sun. The 2nd option is buy an umbrella that has solar lights built into it.

Umbrella Lights Another deck lighting idea is to use Solar Powered Wall Lights that are attached to the walls of the house. There are a wide range of styles:  from Victorian lanterns, modern chrome lights, to Moroccan or more decorative wall lights.

Sun Jars are elegant Mason jars that contain a light inside. At night they light up like a little ball of sun within a jar. These can be placed on tables or on the floor around the edges of the deck. (Go here to see more on the Mason jar solar lights).

Outdoor string lights are common during Christmas for their green and red blinking versions. But they can be used year round when bought in yellow or off white colors. Solar outdoor string lights can also come as decorative light fixtures in the form of lanterns, such as waterproof solar powered Japanese paper lanterns. Or globe string lights are a sophisticated option, which mimics lighting from French cafes.

Outdoor globe string lights add decroating lighting to a deck

Advanced: Solar recessed deck lighting. All of the mentioned solar deck lighting options above require no or a little installation work – attaching them to a wall or post, etc. Solar recessed deck lights still require no wiring, but they need to have a groove carved out of the deck for them to sit into – a little extra work to add modern floor lighting.

3 Non Solar Deck Lighting Ideas

A small gas propane fueled fire bowl

Fire Bowls. These can come in table top sizes, or a much larger coffee table size that everyone can sit around. These help in giving off a little bit of light, but also provide heat for those slightly chilly nights. They can be fueled with either: a small table top gas propane tank, gel fuel, or oils. They can have the traditional rocks or a more modern fire glass top layer. There is also the option of a fire pit bowl where you can burn wood and charcoal.

Tiki torches are a great addition to exterior lighting. The dancing flames mimic the ambiance of a tropical resort. The most common kind are the stake versions where you plant them into the ground. These can be planted into buckets of sands and placed on the deck. Or there are versions that have an attachment so they easily be clamped onto deck railings or posts.  There are also mini tiki torches that can be used on table tops to add lighting to a deck. Don’t forget about citronella tiki torches that burn with less smoke and act as a natural and organic insect repellent.

Flameless Candles: Candles are great and all, but they don’t last long and can be messy to clean up. Flameless candles mimic real candles but use a small LED light – some even have wax bases. Some will even flicker, some are even scented. You can turn a group of them on with a remote, and there is no mess to clean up afterwards. (Go here to see more on flameless candles)

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Home Lighting Guides: Deck Lighting Fixtures, Ideas and Finishing Touches

Outdoor living areas are quite popular today as families use their decks and patios to extend their living space into the backyard for entertaining, grilling or just more family fun. The deck area of today’s house becomes an extension of the interior decor of the home as deck use becomes more important to everyday family life. Whether you are building a new deck or planning on improving an existing one, you will want to pay special attention to a carefully thought out plan for deck lighting to enhance your deck.

The Importance of Outdoor Deck Lighting

Lighting not only illuminates the deck space to provide safe and well-lit use after dark, ward off intruders, but also serves as a way to carry the interior decor of the inside of your home through to your outdoor living space, making them flow together seamlessly.

A solar post cap light

A post mounted light

Outdoor lighting fixtures are available in a wide array of choices and designs that are appropriate for any budget, installation and needed ambiance. Basic deck lighting ideas include post mounted lights, post cap lights, wall sconces, recessed floor lights, stair tread lighting, outdoor lanterns, and umbrella lights. These fixtures may be hardwired by an electrician on house current with regular wattage use, be installed as LED deck lighting designs, or save money and electricity with solar deck lighting choices. It is easy to mix combinations of these different lighting sources to create the perfect solution for your needs.

A wall sconce is attached directly onto a wall

Recessed floor lighting is installed flush with the deck flooring

Constructing A Deck With Lighting

If your deck is currently or will soon be under construction, now is the time to plan and install any fixtures that need to be hardwired by an electrician.  Wires can be run up through deck posts now for post cap lights and post lights mounted higher up the sides of the post. Wall scones also can be installed now. The construction period is also a great time to install LED lighting so the low voltage transformers on which they operate can be placed out of sight. LED lighting can be added to an existing deck also where you find a way to place the transformer in a safe location.

Improving An Existing Deck

Adding decorative outdoor lighting can be a simple task with the right light fixtures. When improving an existing deck, solar lights are your best option as they do not require any wiring. These sensible light fixtures come as post caps, wall and post mounted sconces that compliment or match the post caps, and there are even solar mosquito killer light options. They enhance your deck with a soft, inviting glow.  Solar LED table top light fixtures in many decorative designs are also available for that more romantic touch.  Water proof wall mounted outdoor solar landscaping fixtures are also available that use ultra bright LED bulbs.

LED Deck Lighting

LED lights are another excellent choice for lighting your deck.  Recessed LED solar deck lights can be added in the floor of the deck to illuminate where you step without blinding you as you walk over them. These up-lighters are one of the most widely used deck fixtures and their kits come with twenty to a set, making them an economical choice.  LEDs last much longer, use significantly less energy, will not burn a bare foot, and come in solar or low wattage options.  They are also perfect for recessed lighting on stairs. Deck lighting kits for floor and step options are available for do-it-yourselfers, as well as other designer kit choices.

Led candles mimic the real thing but are easy and safe to light

An Easy Luxurious Touch

Eternity candles are great portable lights that you can store indoors and bring out when you are on the deck. With a small LED inside, they mimic the look and feel of a candle and there is no hassle in lighting it or keeping an eye on a flame. (Read here for our full article on flameless candles, from remote controlled to scented: Flameless Candles: Easy And Hassle Free Lighting With Just As Much Elegance As The Real Thing)

Finish off your deck with decorative outdoor string lights or “fairy lights” around the rail or a solar umbrella light to illuminate without attracting bugs to the table. Whether you design your lighting for safety, security, a more intimate atmosphere or a combination of any or all of these, a lighting scheme that is well planned and implemented will be an asset to the value and enjoyment of your deck and your home.