Decks are a wonderful addition to any home. Morning coffee in the early morning air. Lively gatherings of friends and family. Comfortable meals as the day winds down. But when the sun starts to set, do you have proper lighting to keep enjoying your outdoor spaces? With the addition of deck lighting, you can enjoy your outdoor living areas whenever the mood strikes you, morning, noon, or night. Not only will you be able to delight in your evening retreat outside, but you’ll be able to provide a safer environment for moving around, casting your stairs, walkways, and outdoor furniture in the perfect luminance for all to see.
May is Deck Safety Month
Speaking of safer spaces, May is Deck Safety Month from the North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA). Though deck safety is generally towards the structural integrity of your deck and railing, especially those that are well-aged, deck lighting is important for all decks when safety is concerned.
By having deck properly lit, you and your guests will be able to see any prospective hazards that may come from a sudden step down on unique deck structures, such as a low-to-grade deck, or more commonplace things like discarded toys from children and pets.
Whether you wish to have your outdoor living areas brightly illuminated or create a quiet ambiance of subtler lighting, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Richmond and Charlottesville has the outdoor lighting solution for you. Learn more about OLP’s outdoor lighting service offerings for your home or business from our free outdoor lighting design guide.
What Style of Deck Lighting is Right for Me?
Modern outdoor LED lighting offers many different styles and options to consider for your new deck lighting. The aesthetic appeal of outdoor living lighting comes in many different forms that are as varied as our wonderful clientele, so the first step is knowing exactly what kind of lighting you want for your exterior areas.
If you entertain often, illumination that extends past your deck might be an important consideration. Do you enjoy reading outside after dark but the luminance is lacking? Do you enjoy grilling an evening’s meal but as the sun sets, seeing what you are doing is a challenge?
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Richmond and Charlottesville offers each of our clients a complimentary design consultation to help bring their ideal lighting to life. During this one-on-one consultation, our expert designers will walk your property with you to discuss exactly what you are wanting to accomplish with your new outdoor lighting system. During this discussion, lighting styles and utilities will be considered to provide the very best design for your wants, needs, and the design of your deck and backyard.
Safety-Wise, What Deck Aspects Should Be Lit?
Stair Tread Lighting
Stairs leading onto your deck and home are important parts of your outdoors that should be properly lit for the safety of your friends and family. Moving up or down stairs is a hazard on its own, but with the proper illumination, you can reduce that risk, especially after dark. You’ll never have to guess if you’ve traversed all of the steps before being in your yard again.
Deck Railing Lighting & Post Lighting
It might come as a surprise to our clients, but OLP offers deck railing lighting and railing post-cap lighting that adds beautiful lighting around your entire deck. These deck lights often are at the perfect height to provide brilliant ambiance for your entire outdoor living space. These are ideal for safety because they provide a clear guide for your deck's railing as well as the perimeter of your deck when going up and down stairs.
Landscape Lighting Around Your Deck
Deck safety does not end at the boundaries of your deck. Landscape lighting provides the ability to use your outdoor spaces beyond your deck. Pathway lighting and decorative sphere lights provide beautiful guide illumination for your guests to travel about your property. Garden lighting is an excellent accompaniment to deck lighting, showcasing your hard work in the evening hours. Uplighting key elements of your outdoor spaces, such as stunning trees and statuaries can provide talking points for your guests or simply enhance the curb appeal of your yard even further. The options are endless.
Overhead String Lighting for Your Entire Backyard
Bistro string lights, also known as festive string lights, provide the perfect lighting for an outdoor area with overhead lighting throughout your property. This provides plenty of luminance and removes the tripping hazards of ground-mounted lights. These lights make the perfect area lights for swings, pergolas, or even firepits. They are adaptable, being able to be cut to any length and installed in any kind of configuration.
Illuminate Your Outdoor Living with Custom Deck Lighting in the Richmond and Charlottesville Area
Professional deck lighting offers more time to enjoy the outdoors, no matter the time of day. When you are ready to start designing your custom outdoor lighting with a talented team of experts, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Richmond and Charlottesville. Contact us to request your complimentary design consultation today to see how your evenings can truly be illuminated. Call us today at (804) 294-3634 or by filling out our contact form and we’ll be in touch shortly. We look forward to hearing from you soon.