A deck enables you to enjoy the outdoors long after the sun goes down. Providing the right kind of deck lighting increases the decks functionality and can enhance the appearance of your home. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the deck lighting installation you require.
When it comes to function, deck lighting serves the following three purposes in terms of its function:
- Deck lighting enhances the safety of you and your guests. Lighting allows everyone to navigate the deck after dark without tripping over furnishings or falling down stairs.
- Task lighting is useful for illuminating specific areas requiring dedicated and higher quality lighting, such as a grill, outdoor kitchen prep areas or a table.
- Security lighting illuminates the deck to deter criminal activity. Often, when a motion detector light turns on, criminals run away.
When selecting lighting for your home, deck lighting can enhance your home and your life. Lighting that performs the prior three functions, while enhancing the appearance and mood of your deck is essential in lighting design.
Accent lighting can enhance both the safety, function and create a relaxing ambiance and beauty when installed on posts, railings, and stair risers. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the lighting installation you need.
Deck Lighting Types
Low-voltage deck lighting is a popular choice, and offers a safer option than directly wired line-voltage. Electrical connections with low voltage lights use a transformer to reduce the voltage, and do not require a permit or a license to install. Disadvantages of low-voltage deck lights are they share the same 12V of power resulting in lighting that isn’t very bright.
Line voltage deck lighting is bright, but installation requires a licensed electrician for the strictly regulated installation. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can install the line voltage lighting you need.
Solar-powered deck lights do not require electrical connections, timers, or switches, or an electrician in Huntsville, AL to install them. What you will need, is to install them where they have 6-8 hours of sun. Solar light batteries are charged by the sun. This means their use is typically limited to post-caps, and ground installation. However, lanterns, string lights, and recessed solar lights are available. Furthermore, the majority of solar lights are not very bright.
Deck Lighting Installation
Good lighting design utilizes all three styles of lighting: post-cap, side-mount, and recessed lighting. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the deck lighting installation you need.
Post Cap Lighting
Post-cap lighting is installed at the top of your deck posts located at the top and bottom post of the stairs and on intermediate posts along the rails of the deck. Post-cap lights are available in a variety of styles to match your deck. When installing lighting, ensure the location will not blind your family and guests in seating areas. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the lighting installation your deck requires.
Side Mount Lighting
Side-mount deck lights install on the side of the posts rather than the top. Side-mount lights are an alternative for preventing the glare of a bright light when guests are seated.
Recessed Deck Lighting
Recessed deck lighting accents a deck and provides lighting for illuminating stairs, built in seating, and floors of the deck. Recessed in the wood, they are out of sight during the day, and provide a clean, contemporary appearance while providing safe lighting for your guests.
Incandescent vs. LED Bulbs
Incandescent deck lighting is relatively inexpensive, casts a soft, warm glow, but consumes more energy than LEDs. In addition, the bulbs do not last as long as LED.
LED deck lighting tends to cost more than incandescent lights. However,
LEDs have a far longer lifespan, and are an energy efficient option. Careful location of LED lighting is especially important to avoid blinding your seated guests.
For deck lighting installation, or other electrical services, call Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL today. We serve the North Alabama regions, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.