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Night Lights for Your Deck!

We’ve already discussed fire pits and how they can make a great addition to your deck and outdoor living space, but the fire pit alone may not be enough to create the idyllic environment you’re aiming to create. In order to maximize the evening hours and to make your deck even more inviting, the addition of lighting is very important and will prolong the evening ambiance while keeping everyone safe.

Here are 7 Tips To Install Your Holiday Lights Safely

Typically, decorations extend beyond just a porch. They will usually wrap windows and sides of houses

Typically, decorations extend beyond just a porch. They will usually wrap windows and sides of houses

The week after Thanksgiving was always a big deal growing up for me. It meant the trees came out of the box (yes, my family had artificial trees) and the lights went up outside. We decorated the front of the house, the walkway up to the front door, the bushes, and even the deck. The house was not complete until those red and green lights were wrapped around the deck railings.

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The 3 Types of Deck Lighting You Need

During the design phase of a deck you can become lost in a sea of accessories, styles, and furniture. A quick image search for “decks” results in hundreds of thousands of ideas for adornments. It can become a headache. Before you think about adding these amenities to your deck, consider outdoor lights. Deck lighting provides safety by illumining stairs, posts, and other trip hazards.
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Deck Lighting 101 – Post Cap Lights

Post Cap Lights elevate the look of your deck for 24 hour enjoyment.

Post Cap Lights elevate the look of your deck for 24 hour enjoyment.

The most noticeable and biggest fixtures for accent deck lighting are post-cap lights. Post-cap lights are ideal for lighting up stairways and deck entrances. They also act as indicators for middle posts along the edge of the deck.

Not only will post-cap lights enhance the look of your deck, it will add safety to your home.  This is ideal for relaxing outdoors after hours!

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Detailed post cap instructions are included in every package.

Usually made to fit over 4×4 or 6×6 posts, some fixtures are made to fit both.

Lights come in many different colors and materials. Whether you want metal, glass, wood or vinyl, post caps come in an array of styles that will match your deck perfectly. You can even order unlighted post caps to match post-cap lights.

Post-cap lights will give your deck the warmth and a gentle glow you’ve been looking for.  Check out AdvantageLumber.com for the best post-cap lights for your outdoor space.

Deck Lighting 101 – Side Mount Lights

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A great alternative to too many post-cap lights are side-mount lights. Since they give off a warm glow that pairs well with post caps, side-mount lights are the ideal option to illuminate your deck without blinding anyone.

However, if you seek lighting that is bright enough for task lighting, then you will want to make sure to pair your side-mount lights with post-cap lights.

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By using side-mount lights on your deck, there will be no worry of being eye level with a bright light when you’re sitting down. These type of lights mount to the side of the deck post. The ideal height of a side-mount deck light is about 32 in. to 34 in. from the deck surface.

Side-mount lights come in many different ornate styles to match the style of your home effortlessly.

Check out AdvantageLumber.com for our collection of fabulous side-mount deck lighting!

Deck Lighting 101 – All About Low-Voltage Wire Connectors

When it comes to your deck-lighting set, you will need to purchase quick-connect fittings to link each fixture to the central supply cable that runs from the transformer.  To produce a connection, most connectors are made to perforate the outer layer of the supply cable with two sharp prongs.

Now which connector is right for your deck-lighting set?

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Disk Connectors:

Disk connectors are prone to coming loose over time. They sometimes let water get into the system. However, you can mitigate these issues by using electrical tape. We strongly recommend that you consult a licensed electrician if you have never dealt with this type of connector.

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Silicone-Filled Snap Connectors:

If you’re looking for weather resistance, then silicone-filled snap connectors are ideal. Their minimal size gives you the ability to join wires without stripping the sheathing.  Just keep in mind that silicone-filled snap connectors are only compatible with solid wires.  And if you decide to use this connector for multiple deck-lighting applications, then you must use stranded cable.

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Wire Nuts:

Weather-resistant wire nuts are a great alternative to quick-connect systems. They come in many sizes to accommodate different wire sizes and combinations of wires. The only downside is that they sometimes don’t stay concealed when you try to run wire under a railing.

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Barrel Connectors:

Barrel connectors let two wires to be linked together and then can be protected with a weather-resistant heat-shrink tube. They lie flat, which makes them a great option for spots where concealed connections are essential.

Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry! So please consult a licensed electrician if you are not sure what you’re doing!

Check out AdvantageLumber.com for our available deck lighting options.

Deck Lighting 101 – Tips For Lighting Deck Stairs

Installing post lights into stringers so that each light illuminates one step can create a uniform look, but might also a cluttered one.

Installing post lights into stringers so that each light illuminates one step can create a uniform look, but might also a cluttered one.

You’ve bought your stair lighting package. Now where on earth do you install your lighting?

When it comes to lighting your deck staircase, proper installation is a must.  Creating shadows or blinding light can lead to safety hazards. After all, tripping isn’t a good look for anyone, no matter how well you bounce back. Make sure to add extra lighting if your stairs are built with darker looking deck materials.

Installing recessed shaded or louvered deck lights onto stair risers directs light down. This allows anyone, especially children to ascend stairs without being blinded.

Installing recessed deck lights that are shaded or louvered onto stair risers directs light down. This allows anyone, especially children, to ascend stairs without being blinded.

Recessed fixtures are the best solution to steer clear of stair accidents. You will want covered or louvered fixtures that direct light down so they don’t distract people walking up the stairs.

You also don’t want your light to overlap, which means you need to avoid placing fixtures on sporadic sides of a staircase.

If you install a post light that's centered above the riser, you can illuminate two steps at once. This can save you time and money when buying and installing deck lights.

If you install a post light that’s centered above the riser, you can illuminate two steps at once. This can save you time and money when buying and installing deck lights.

Height placement of your fixture allows for wider illumination. Be sure to center your light fixtures over the riser, rather than the tread, so it will illuminate multiple steps and not just one.

If you follow these few guidelines, your deck will be well lit and safe! Check out the available deck lighting options today.