If you desire alluring deck or patio lighting, then setting-up a strategic lighting plan will help you get the magical lighting effect you are looking for.
Your lighting set up does not need to be expensive and can be fashioned both for aesthetics and for safety purposes.
You can set-up permanent, transferable or optional lighting fixtures.
These fixtures can be the classic wall-mount kind, solar lights or a mixture of different types of lights that can produce a fantastic ambiance.
The choice of lighting fixtures and where to position the lights will depend on your lighting design.
Lighting designs to cleverly light a deck or patio
Rail Lighting – Plain or colored solar string lights or even just individual lights can be positioned below the deck’s handrail to shine downward and produce a lighted patio margin. Lace a string of white pin lights on top, through and around the rails of your deck to make a superb deck glow.
Step Lighting – Install fixtures under railings, posts, or implant lights into the steps to produce lighting for the safe navigation of your deck steps. Step lighting gives a soft light glow that can mark a pathway and creates lighting design to your patio.
Ground level lighting - Lights can be set-up in and around planted shrubs or low plants around the patio area. Dimmers are recommended to be added to walkway and ground level lights so you can manage the light amount and atmosphere of the place.
Moon Lighting or Down lighting – Position deck or patio lights up on posts or in a location where the light gleams down through branches of trees to yield a moonlight effect. Down lighting can enhance the area’s security and offers the thought that there is someone home when the lights are on.
For an additional security feature, the light circuit can be attached to your doorbell switch to turn on the lights when someone uses the doorbell.
Decorative lighting – Installing hurricane lamps could be an additional decoration around your patio. Search for glass votive candles from a craft store. Each unscented candle can be placed on your patio, deck, tables and railings. To keep bugs away, look for citronella candles in ceramic bowls or beautiful glass containers. You can also add tiki torches, or some LED umbrella lights for a similar effect.
In cleverly lighting your deck or patio the main thought is to create an ambiance that can incite guests to gather around and socialize on your patio, so use the above ideas to create the appropriate outdoor lighting for it. If you have a swimming pool or garden pond near your deck or patio consider adding some colored water lights to give it that special glow.