With the arrival of warm weather, families will be spending more time outdoors including in the evening. Many people enjoy a beautiful deck after the sun goes down, whether it is just the two of you enjoying the cool of the evening, or an evening with friends and good food. Deck lighting is an important part of a safe and enjoyable deck, and Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical services you need. When planning deck lighting, it helps to remember it serves four purposes:
- Safety lighting enables you and your guests to walk around after dark without the risk of falls due to poor lighting
- Focused lighting illuminates specific areas of the deck, such as a grill or table
- Security lighting lights up the entire deck to deter burglars
- Deck lighting design can enhance your outdoor experience, and create a welcoming ambiance
Accent lighting enhances the deck’s appearance with lighting for posts, railings, stair risers, and other elements to create an inviting atmosphere. Furthermore, remember you want to enhance your deck’s appearance, and this means not overdoing it.
Types of Deck Lighting
Low-voltage deck lights are a safer alternative to line-voltage, posing limited risk of electrical shock. Disadvantages of low-voltage deck lights are that they require a 12 V transformer, and they share the same 12V of power, can reduce the brightness.
Line-voltage deck lights are brighter, and require installation by licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL.
Solar-powered deck lights don’t require electrical connections, or the drilling of holes. They do require about six hours of sunlight, according to manufacturers and last for a limited time. The solar batteries will require replacement every few years, and is typically a simple task.
Deck Light Installation
An ideal deck lighting design utilizes of all three styles of lights: post-cap, side-mount, and recessed lights. Contact our licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL for installation.
Post-cap Deck Lighting
The largest of the fixtures in the accent deck lighting is post-cap lights. This lighting sits on top of selected deck perimeter posts, and typically at the top and bottom of stairs of the deck.
Side-mount Deck Lighting
Side-mount deck lights install on the side of posts, and offer an alternative to post-cap lights, which may blind seated guests when posts are at eye level.
Recessed Deck Lighting
Recessed deck lights accent a deck without overdoing it. Holes are drilled in stairs or the floor providing lighting without being obtrusive or quite as noticeable. They are an attractive solution to lighting stairs safely, and are available in a variety of styles, and types.
Unlit or poorly illuminated stairs are a hazard for family and guests. Downward lights that won’t shine in guests eyes as they climbs the stairs, and directional lights that provide concentrated light on stair treads for secure footing.
If deck lighting is on your projects list, contact Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL for the professional installation of lighting for your deck, and/or other outdoor lighting. Our licensed electricians have the experience, and expertise to provide electrical services you can rely on. When you enjoy an evening on your deck, call Mister Sparky for deck lighting to enhance your outdoor experience. Our electricians in Huntsville, AL serve the North Alabama region.