Looking for the perfect lights for your deck? There are many different types of deck lights that can add both beauty and safety to your deck and home! Because deck lights help brighten up your outdoor space, they help reduce the chance of falling or tripping over objects while enjoying your outdoor oasis. Deck lights can be especially practical if you have young children and worry about them falling down your deck’s stairs. This article outlines and compares the different types of deck lighting options available now. For more information about decks and deck lighting, contact the experts at Jay Fencing now!
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Types of Deck Lights – A Comparison
Can’t decide on the right type of deck lights for you and your home? Check out our comparison chart below to see an overview for each of the most popular types of deck lights. Keep in mind that the ratings below are based on the average – each product and individual light will vary in brightness, cost, and lifespan.
Overview Of Different Deck Light Options
For more detailed descriptions and a look at the pros and cons of each type of deck lighting option, read this section below. Here we will provide a more in-depth overview for each of the lighting options listed in the chart above. When choosing a lighting option for you, it’s best to keep in mind budget, the amount of light you need, and the number of lights you will have to purchase in order to adequately light up your deck.
LED Deck Lights
Pros: LED lights are typically known for their brighter, white or blue-tinted lights. However, many LED lights today are made to emulate more traditional lighting, and can provide homeowners with a softer, warmer light. LED lights can produce a great deal of light and are usually brighter than more traditional lighting. However, most outdoor deck lights are not significantly brighter than other options. Led lights can last a very long time and are also more durable than other lights.
Cons: However, most LED deck lights do require cables to set up, which may be inconvenient for bigger decks. Some may not like the way many LED lights look, and it may take longer to find LED lights that come in “warm white” like the ones in the image above. LEDs are sometimes prone to flickering or changing colour over time.
Who Is It Best For: Because of their durability, LED lights can take a hit without getting damaged – great for those with children or pets.
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Solar Powered Deck Lights
Pros: Solar powered lights are a great eco-friendly option for your yard. Though they may cost more upfront than other lighting options, they usually end up being the most cost-effective option in the long run. You don’t have to pay for electricity, and replacing the batteries is usually only necessary every two years or longer. High-quality solar powered lighting systems can last decades. Aside from changing the battery every once in a while, solar powered lights require very little maintenance.
Cons: Though some solar powered lights today focus on brightness, you probably know that most rank a bit below-average when it comes to light provided. Though solar lighting can add safety to your deck, it probably won’t be providing any additional lighting to the rest of your yard. Another issue with solar lights is they are dependant on the weather – a few cloudy days in a row can cause problems. The best way to combat this is by placing them in areas where they are most likely to get light throughout the day.
Who Is It Best For: Solar powered lights are the perfect choice for those who aim to make their home more environmentally friendly. They are also a good choice for anyone who prefers lights that require little maintenance.
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Low Voltage Deck Lights
Pros: Low voltage outdoor lighting is often preferred due to its increased safety – dealing with lower voltage means reduced risk of serious electrical injury. They are generally easy to DIY install and the cables/wiring are lighter and easy to work with. Most low voltage lighting systems are less permanent than other fixtures. This may be a pro or a con depending on your preference. If you like to change things up every so often, low voltage lighting may be right for you! They are a more eco-friendly and cost-effective outdoor lighting solution.
Cons: As with solar powered lights, low voltage lights are generally dimmer than other lighting systems. If you just need to add some mood lighting to your deck with increased safety on the stairs and railings, low voltage lights are a good choice. If you need to light up your yard and want lights to increase your property’s security, you may want to choose another option.
Who Is It Best For: Great for those who do not have significant DIY installation experience. The ease of installation and overall safety of these lights are great for first-time installers.
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Regular Deck Lights
Pros: “Regular” outdoor lighting refers to lighting that uses incandescent lights – the original form of lighting that has been used for over one hundred years! These lights provide the traditional warm light look that most are used to in the home and even outdoors. If you are looking for classic lighting, incandescent lights will provide that warm and cozy feel with ease. Incandescent light bulbs themselves are very inexpensive, but cost will vary depending on the outdoor lighting fixture you choose.
Cons: Incandescent lights are quickly being replaced by LEDs and other forms of lighting. This is because incandescent light bulbs have a shorter lifespan and are not as environmentally friendly. They are also known for their poor light output vs energy input. Though the bulbs themselves are cheap, running lots of incandescent lights can quickly add up.
Who Is It Best For: A great choice for those who prefer traditional lighting options. They can also be quite bright and are a good choice for security lights.
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