Now that its summer time there is nothing as relaxing as hanging out on your backyard deck with a few friends, enjoying a drink or two as you watch the sun set. The only thing that can dispel the mood is that when it gets completely dark you won’t be able to see the natural beauty of your backyard. The easiest way to solve this problem is to add a few simple lights to your deck so you’ll be able to enjoy your backyard area long into the night.
While most deck lights are made with Led lights due to their efficiency, you will still need to decide whether or not you want to use solar deck lights or traditional low voltage deck lights. Both kinds of lights are easy to use and install, but they both also have advantages and disadvantages.
Solar led deck lights are the easier of the two to install and use since all you need to do is screw them in place and you don’t need to worry about wiring them into a power supply. Many homeowners like solar lights because they don’t use any electricity but they have one main disadvantage: if the sun hasn’t been out for a few days your lights won’t turn on at night when you want them to.
Low voltage deck lights, on the other hand, are also pretty easy to install but you have to plan on where you place the lights carefully because they are all hooked together with the wires that supply power to them. You’ll also need to make sure that you tuck the wires away carefully on the edges of the deck (or under the railings) so they aren’t a tripping hazard when you or your guests walk around. One of the easiest ways to do this is to buy a lighting kit that will include all the parts and instructions you’ll need.
After deciding which type of lights you’re going to use, then you need to think about where you want to place your lights and what kinds you want to use on your deck. There are many kinds available from post cap lights, recessed deck lights, to even outdoor lantern string lights. If you talk to a lighting professional they will be able to help you decide what kind is best for the effects you’re trying to achieve. Just remember to be open to whatever they suggest, be creative, and soon you and your friends will be enjoying your deck lights when the sun goes down.