Deck Lighting Options

Shed some light on your outdoor masterpiece with these deck lighting options.

Deck Lighting

Deck Lighting

After sunset, a deck showing off railing lights as a lighting option.

Photo by: Photo Credit: shannondemma

Photo Credit: shannondemma

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're looking to extend your outdoor living experience past sundown, you'll need to explore some deck lighting options. Consideration of a variety of deck lighting ideas should get you well on your way to a deck that's bright and beautiful any time of day or night.

One of the keys to deck lighting is subtlety—you don't want blazing spotlights overwhelming your nighttime outdoor experience, and you also don't want complaints from the neighbors that your backyard is beaming fluorescence into their windows at all hours.

Chic Garden Lanterns

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Make the Lanterns

Follow along to learn how to make these fun, inexpensive and versatile lanterns for your next get together.

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Gather Your Supplies

To make the basic lanterns pick up the following at your local hardware store: replacement glass lamp covers (electrical aisle), stainless steel clamps to fit around your jar (plumbing aisle) and stainless steel strapping (plumbing aisle). You will also need a metal cutter or strong wire cutters.

Cut the Handle

Unroll the strapping to determine your handle size and cut it to length.

Attach the Handle

Remove the handle. Loosen the clamp just a bit. Reinsert the handle. While holding it in place, screw the clamp tight with a screwdriver.

Pretty Alone

These lanterns assemble quickly and are lovely even kept plain.

Dress Them Up

To make the lanterns festive, try weaving thin ribbon through the holes.

Make A Firework Bow

Cut two-inch strips of ribbon and tie them in the center with a longer piece of ribbon. Tie this to your lantern.

Paper Fun

Cut vellum and scrapbooking paper to the height of the lantern. Roll it up and insert it inside. Add a battery operated tea light to the bottom of the lantern. Do not use real tea lights because of the potential fire hazard.

Light Up the Night

As dusk sets in, these lanterns help set the mood for a fun evening.

If you're not a registered electrician, fear not. Many home improvement stores carry pre-packaged outdoor lighting kits that will work just fine for your deck and outdoor living space. And if you're a little more handy with wires and want to create your own lighting design, rest assured that fixtures, transformers, lamps and timers can all be purchased individually.

You'll want to focus on quality and durability for your deck lighting. Remember, it's going to be exposed to the elements. Whether you purchase a kit or piecemeal items, make sure you have a timer or daylight sensor that'll turn your lighting on and off at pre-set times, a transformer that will reduce the current coming from your home to the lighting system, cable to connect the lights, and of course the light fixtures themselves.

Once you're set up with all the tools, you'll be ready to design your deck's lighting scheme and enjoy your home's outdoor space, even after the sun departs.

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