Deck Landscape Feature Lighting

Deck lighting requires small, sturdy lights, often as small as the width of a deck railing since that's where they'll be mounted. And they need to be sturdy enough to take the occasional knock or kick that's bound to occur. A sturdy aluminum will provide the durability you need. So will a good thermoplastic composite resin if the fixture is compact and non-adjustable.

A louvered down light is one compact way to accomplish this goal. A slender fixture, it can be mounted on a deck railing or on the handrail for the steps. For a more modern effect, you can use a half moon light. This circular fixtures has a semi-circular hood that directs the light downward to the base of the deck.

A louvered down light is one compact way to accomplish this goal. A slender fixture, it can be mounted on a deck railing or on the handrail for the steps. For a more modern effect, you can use a half moon light. This circular fixtures has a semi-circular hood that directs the light downward to the base of the deck.

Many of these lights come in miniature versions, even smaller than their already diminutive counterparts. The miniature versions won't shed an awful lot of light, but they can provide a warm, even magical accent to the view.

If you're mounting your deck light along a wall, consider an up/down accent light. These simple cylinders cast light in both directions. Downward, they create a pool of light on the surface of the deck. Upward, they light up the wall of the house, extending the vertical space.

Other deck lights can be mounted underneath railings. Often these are sold as wall mounted lights, but they can be used in this way too. Just find a compact, adjustable light with a base that can be screwed in. Mount this light under the top railing of your deck and angle it so that the light doesn't just pool around the edges. Mount it under the bottom railing and send a bit of light across the floor. Or mount it underneath the handrails to the steps so that no one has to trip as they come up onto or step down off of the deck. If you simply want light directly beneath where the lamp is mounted, you may decide for the non-adjustable variety instead.

Other lights can be mounted under benches and steps without risers to provide some illumination from underneath. This can enhance the safety as well as the beauty of your deck.

Other lights can be mounted under benches and steps without risers to provide some illumination from underneath. This can enhance the safety as well as the beauty of your deck.

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