Deck lighting is very popular with our customers, we install some types of low-voltage lighting on most of the decks we build. They can help to make your deck safer by illuminating steps and walkways. Adding lights to the railing posts will give you a nice ambient light for outdoor parties. We can install post lights on any railing style or type. These lights are a wired to a transformer that plugs into an electrical outlet and then converts the standard electrical current to a low voltage current. The transformers we use are all digital and have built-in photocells for automatic dusk to dawn operation. They also have other automatic settings (see the video at the bottom of the page for more info on how they operate).
We can also mount the transformer in your basement, under your deck, or anywhere you would like it hidden, reasonably close to the deck of course. We can even add an outlet for you if there is none close by. If you would like us to add outlets under your deck, on the rail posts or anywhere on the deck, ask John & Daniel about it during your consultation process. That will allow us to get the electrical permit from your township ahead of time. The transformer can also be installed to an outlet controlled by a switch inside your house. If you would like to do that, we would have an electrician come out to do that afterward. That type of interior wiring requires tools and training that our guys don’t have.
We install a lot of these 3 types of lights on our decks, and almost all of them come from our friends at Aurora Deck Lighting. They make lights that are stylish, functional, and affordable. We have found that their lights are quality and so is their customer service.
We typically install Vega lights about 6″ down from the top on the inside of the rail posts. They shine down onto the deck floor for a soft, ambient light. We charge $80-$85 for each of them, and that includes installation, wiring, transformer, etc. They come standard with LED fixtures so you won’t need to replace any bulbs. This is one of our best selling lights. They provide nice accent lighting without being overpowering or using lots of energy.
Step Riser deck lights mount on your stair riser (the vertical part) and cast a light onto the step. You can easily see where you are walking at night. These lights also cost $80-$85 each with everything included. Both the Corona and Endurance lights come standard with LED fixtures. Both styles of lights come in Black, Bronze or White colors.
Iris and Saturn Post Cap Lights install right on top of the rail post. They come in a bunch of sizes to fit wood and vinyl posts, as well as pretty much any composite rail posts. They are made of metal and painted in Black, White, and Bronze colors. The only difference in lights is the Iris model has a peaked top while the Saturn has a flat top. These lights cost around $85-$90 each completely installed. They also come standard with LED fixtures. The guys at Aurora Deck Lighting and their partners at Highpoint Deck Lighting have a lot more styles, types, and colors available. Feel free to browse their sites and let us know if you see anything there you would prefer. These are just a few of the many types and models of Deck Lights available on the market today. If you prefer another style or brand, we would be happy to install whatever type of lighting you choose.
The Vega Lights are mounted on side of rail posts and they tend to just drop light down onto the deck in a circle and give just accent lighting.
“It’s not a real bright and functioning light,” says Decks R Us John. “So if you want a stronger light that you can read by, you’ll want a Cap Light. These lights are brighter and shed light the whole way around. But here’s something else to consider: these cap lights sit on top of the rail posts, which when you are sitting happen to be right at eye level, and can tend to be a little blinding and block your view.”
Make sure you talk about these choices and all the decisions you have with us during your free consultation. Another great place to add lighting is along your deck benches.