11 Deck Lighting Ideas For Creating A Beautiful Deck Space

Written by Ben Forde | Posted under:
Deck lights installed into wood next to river

Decks give your home a nice outdoor space for entertaining family and friends… and your deck is a great outdoor spot to kick back and relax.

With the right deck lighting, you can create a beautiful ambient outdoor entertaining area.

In this quick to read article, I’ll give you some great ideas for lighting your deck.

And, I’ll show you some mistakes you want to avoid, and important things to be aware of.

These ideas will help you save time, money, and a lot of hassles.

Over the past 7 years I’ve helped hundreds of customers with ideas and the design and layout of their deck lighting.

Now let’s take a look…

#1 Less Is More With Your Deck Lighting

Deck lights installed into wood next o balcony

The mistake a lot of folks make is they put too many lights in their deck, and this can feel like the deck lighting assaults your eyeballs.

Your deck is a place you relax, less deck lighting works best.

#2 Choosing The Right Light Colour

Deck lights installed into wood and illuminating pool

The colour of the deck lighting you choose for your outdoor space is critical. Because the light affects the entire area.

The main deck lighting colours are Warm White, Cool White, Blue and RGB. 

Warm white is the most popular with our customers because it’s a softer ambient light.

Cool white is a brighter crisp white.

Blue is a relaxing colour when your space your lights out currently.

RGB might seem like a great idea to have colour changing lights… however it never looks as smart or stylish as the straight colours do.

#3 Discreet & Stylish In Deck Lighting

lights installed into deck wood

Deck lighting is about the light, not the big metal face. With a smaller 35mm-45mm light in your deck, you get beautiful lighting. And the smaller metal face is more discreet in your deck of a day time.

The smaller metal face won’t catch a lot of sun reflection like the bigger metal faces can do.

#4 Lighting Steps

lights on steps

Deck lighting in steps is a great idea.

If you’re concerned about the light shining in your eyes, you can put the deck lighting in the fascia or on the side of your step.

If you are going to put some deck lighting in your steps, we have handy cable joiners which allow you to plug two lights into the one portal.

#5 Placing Deck Lighting Near Glass Fences

deck lighting near fence

Don’t place deck lighting directly under a glass fence, because what happens is the light gets blocked by the thick glass.

Deck lighting put near a glass fence is best placed just in front of the glass fence. You could come out 30mm or more.

#6 Get Marine Grade Aluminium Deck Lights

35mm whiteface light, 35mm blackface bulb, 45mm whiteface bulb

Because marine Grade Aluminium Deck Lighting is superior Rust-Resistant to any stainless steel, including 316 stainless steel.

No one likes scrubbing rust in their spare time. With marine grade aluminium deck lighting, you’ll enjoy all the rust-free benefits that come with them.

#7 Make It Super-Easy To Light Your Home

Once you start placing your deck lighting you’ll find it’s very handy to have deck lighting with a longer tail. (Tail? The cable that’s attached to the deck light.)

Deck lighting with short tails makes it difficult for you to place your deck lighting exactly where you want it. When you get deck lighting with 1m tails, you won’t get caught short on cable.

#8 Best Spacing For Your Deck Lighting

lights installed into deck lights

What’s the best spacing for deck lighting?

After helping hundreds of customers over the years I tell my customers…

1.2m+ works best for deck light spacings. Otherwise it looks like a run way strip.

Remember, deck lighting is mood lighting, and ambient lighting, so best not over-do-it.

#9 Lighting Bigger Deck Areas

deck lighting rope kit

Most companies sell standard deck lighting kits with X amounts of lights in the kit. Problem is, these standard kits make it difficult if you’ve got a bigger deck area to light.

With our deck lighting kits, it’s easy to cover bigger areas, because you can join deck lighting kit’s together using the cable joiners.

#10 Factor In The Distance To Your Power

If you’re Power-point is X number meters away from where you want to start your deck lighting, then you need to factor that in.

Otherwise, you’ll use a lot of your main cable getting across to where you want to start your deck lighting.

We have handy push-together, water-proof extension cables that make it easy for you to get from your power-point to the start of your deck lighting.

#11 Choose High Quality Deck Lighting

pool with waterfall next to deck with track lights installed

I’ve helped customer light their decks for over 7 years now, and I’ve heard all sorts of horror stories.

It’s no fun pulling out deck lighting you put in 6 months ago all because the lights stopped working or the cable deteriorated.

Fact is, some lights are made with cheap parts, components, and materials so they can be sold cheap.

You’ve spent money on your beautiful deck, so don’t detract from the beauty of your deck with cheap deck lighting.

If you take on board these handy deck lighting tips, you’ll save time, money and a lot of hassle for yourself.

With great deck lighting, you’ll get even more enjoyment and pleasure out of your deck area of an evening.

If you need any help, have any questions or you’d like to send your deck plan to me. You can send it to info@fusionlighting.com.au

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