Deck lighting not only extends the hours during which you can enjoy your deck, it also goes a long way in enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor living area. As the variety of fixtures suited for posts, block walls, paver walkways, stair risers and railings keeps expanding, so do your options for personalizing outdoor spaces. Here are some factors to consider:
- Quality fixtures, especially those with LED bulbs, are specially designed to be durable, attractive, versatile, and permanent. Solar powered lights, rope lights and bistro string lights are far less durable and often suited only for temporary installations.
- Make use of low voltage lights to avoid the glare that might occur as a result of over-lighting. Appropriate lighting is vital to setting the mood on your deck or patio and creating an atmosphere that is inviting as well as safe. Professionally installed low voltage light fixtures have many more options for aesthetics and function, so you can really customize your look.
- Make use of ambient lights. These are the lights that are installed on the exterior of your house, by doors or on porch columns, to give your outdoor living area a warm glow. They are generally selected to coordinate with your home’s decor.
- The right tools and materials: Generally, most outdoor lighting systems are powered by a 12V transformer which is then plugged into an ordinary wall outlet. Use weatherproof wire nuts when connecting low voltage wires. This ensures the durability of your lighting connections. Poor connections = no lights, extra repair bills, safety issues and unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment. A certified landscape lighting technician has the proper tools to ensure a great installation.
You’ll want to provide lighting for safety (such as stair steps, doorways and pathways), lighting for highlighting architectural details (water features, trees, sculptures, etc.) and lighting for atmosphere (uplighting, downlighting, overhead, etc.). Have your professional landscape lighting designer show you how simple it is to achieve the safety and the ambience you desire with landscape lighting, so you can enjoy your deck or patio on into the night!
Located in Summerfield, NC Southern Lights- Architectural and Landscape Lighting serves properties and property management companies throughout the state of NC including Greensboro, High Point, Jamestown, Burlington, Reidsville, Oak Ridge, Brown Summit, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Raleigh, Charlotte, Kannapolis, Salisbury, Gastonia, Matthews, etc. Southern Lights has installed hundreds of outdoor landscape lighting systems and carries more certifications than anyone in the state. We specialize in lighting designs and service everything we install as well as lighting systems installed by others. With attention to detail and a solid knowledge of design, Southern Lights is the leading outdoor landscape lighting firm in the state of NC and beyond. See why our clients choose us. Contact us today by web (online form) or phone (336.451.4969)