Installing deck lighting and outdoor outlets in your yard can extend your outdoor living opportunities well into the evening while also improving your home’s resale value. As the nights get warmer and with more families looking for ways to make close-to-home spaces seem more exotic, this is an excellent option that adds a lot of curb appeal too. There are many beautiful options for deck lighting that can improve safety and security as well. And extra outdoor outlet installation can give you more options for adding string lights, outdoor appliances and even a place to plug in your laptop for some outdoor home office scenery.
4 Deck Lighting Installation Ideas
Depending on your deck design, outdoor living habits and goals, and how you’d like to improve those things, there are a number of different deck lighting options you can consider. And within these 4 deck lighting ideas, there are also many variations that you can consider:
1. Step Lighting or Deck Stair Lights
One way to better illuminate your deck stairs is to install lighting right on them – on the vertical surface of each step, or under the lip of each step so that the light from the upper step shines clearly down on the lower step. This keeps the light focused downard to enhance safety going up and down the steps in the dark, and can also enhance your security lighting options as well. It also prevents light escaping upwards at night if you’re hoping for a good view of the stars.
2. Deck Post Lighting
There are many different styles and materials of deck post lighting. You can choose styles, colors and materials (from copper, aluminum or stainless steel and even plastic) that will look great and provide a decorative touch even during the daytime. Deck post lights should face down, again to illuminate the footpath or stairway at night. Deck post lighting is a very affordable option and can usually be installed quite easily. But if you’re a stickler for viewing the night sky, remember that these can produce more light pollution because they’re situated higher up than step lighting.
3. Recessed Lighting on the Deck
Recessed lighting can be a great solution if you have a large overhang that needs illuminating on your deck. It provides great illumination to everything below and can be focused on certain areas that you particularly want to highlight or provide extra visibility for on your deck or backyard.
4. Deck Rail Lighting
Deck rail lighting is also a great option that can be built flush into your deck rails in such a way as to make them invisible when you’re sitting. Again, they focus the light downwards toward the walkway or the stairs and also show people where the rail is.
4 Reasons to Install Outdoor Outlets
In addition to installing extra deck lighting, if you really want to get more use out of your deck area, installing outdoor outlets that are protected from the elements is another smart move:
1. More Deck Lighting Options
In addition to the deck lighting ideas listed previously, having a few extra outdoor outlets installed gives you more options for adding string lights or other electric-powered holiday decorations for the holidays. Just make sure you also have enough extra circuits to provide the power necessary to keep those lights brightly shining.
2. Outdoor Cooking Appliances
As outdoor living and cooking become more popular, home chefs will need safe outlets and spaces that are protected from the weather to cook and use kitchen appliances outdoors. Whether that means you want to have an outdoor fridge or powered cooler, an electric grill or any other appliance, you’ll need to install outdoor outlets.
3. Extending Your Home Office to the Outdoors
After several weeks of working from home in the kitchen or the living room, or maybe a dedicated indoor home office, you may be feeling the pull of the outdoors. If you’re tempted to tote your laptop outside to the deck, make sure you have a place to plug it in safely while you’re out there so you don’t lose power right in the middle of your next Zoom meeting.
4. Safety Upgrades for Outdoor Outlets
All outdoor outlets should be GFCI outlets that automatically shut power if they become wet. But newer models exist that provide extra protection from the weather and elements. Safety is always the most important consideration, so if you are not sure about your current outlets or want to install new outdoor outlets, contact us today for a virtual estimate and we can provide guidance.
Install Deck Lighting and Outdoor Outlets
Remember that installing new deck lighting or outdoor outlets is a job best left to a licensed electrician for safety reasons, but also quality and insurance reasons. Get the job done right, and beautifully, the first time by contacting us today at Root Electric: (703) 494-3989.
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