Deck Lighting Ideas
When you are deciding upon what types of lighting fixtures you need to illuminate the exterior of your home, you might think about security and accent lights, but there are lights which blend these two applications into one. Deck lighting not only brightens your deck area for the safety of your guests at night, but it also can add a festive ambiance to the outside of your home. It is not hard to choose what you will need for lights, and the installation can be just as simple, if you have some basic electrical experience. Should you have any questions about selection or installation for your deck lighting, then you should consult with an expert. Their tips and advice can help you in your outdoor lighting project choosing and installation.
There are many deck lighting options available. One of the most popular are step lights. These install directly into your steps, and they serve to light the way up stairs. This is one of the many safety applications for lights around decks. By keeping stairs lit, your guests will be more likely to see them and less likely to trip at night. Closely related to step lights are brick lights which install directly into the bricks of your home around your deck. These prevent you from having to install large light poles, which can be cumbersome and pose their own host of issues. These issues range from placement, to installation method, and the hazard which they pose to people walking across your yard. Just like trees, many people, especially children, have run into light poles when they are not paying attention to where they are going. By having your deck lighting installed into the bricks or steps around your deck, there are no poles to bump into.
In many cases, people have their decks around a swimming pool. This makes for perfect pool parties, but when you are installing your deck lighting, you will need to remember that water and electricity do not make a good combination. The best option for self-installation will be to choose low voltage lights for your fixtures. There are many advantages to low voltage deck lighting. First of all, they save energy since they require less electricity. Your monthly light bills will be lower than if you had chosen high voltage lights. Secondly, high voltage lighting installation requires dealing with large amounts of electricity which could lead to a fatal shock in an accident. This is why only professional electricians should be trusted to put high voltage lights in. For the do-it-yourself person, you will need to choose low voltage lights for their ease of installation. The 12 volts these use will not harm you if there is an accident. Do not forget that you will need a transformer when you are installing your low voltage lights.
Choosing and installing these lights is not difficult to do if you have a basic knowledge of electricity, but if you need assistance in finding the best deck lighting for your outdoor project, it would be best to ask an expert who will help to guide you through the steps for the selection and installation of these dramatic lights.And tagged in Landscape Lighting Tips, Landscape Lighting Fixtures, Deck Lighting.