Deck lights can turn a boring deck into virtually anything: Party Central, a romantic getaway, a relaxing haven or a family gathering space. By exploring all the options and being deliberate about your lighting choices, you can create the deck you've always wanted.
Rope lights are a cheap and simple way to add a kick to your outdoor area. Because the tiny lights are contained in a flexible plastic tube, rope lights can be wrapped around objects, strung on architecture or used to mark a border. Attach a rope light to your patio umbrella, wrap the trunk of a nearby tree or run a rope underneath a gutter or overhang for some soft, indirect light.
Solar lights are a great choice for those who want low-maintenance beauty. Heck, they even turn themselves on and off! Almost any type of lighting comes in solar form these days — from hanging lanterns to stationary spot lights— giving tons of options for patio owners who want lights that "take care of themselves."
Because solar lights have fewer internal parts than fluorescents or incandescents, they are usually cheaper and more reliable. Plus, they don't require any electricity, which will save you a bit on your energy bills.
Some people bemoan the idea that solar lights aren't as bright as regular bulbs, but if you take care to properly place your lights where they will absorb the most daylight, they can be comparable to other bulbs.
Just like solar power, almost any style of lighting also comes in an LED (light-emitting diode) option. From porch lights to spotlights, try LED bulbs, which consume less energy than incandescent bulbs and give off more light.
Ah, the tiki torch: a classic lighting style that evokes tropical getaways and humid Hawaiian nights. But modern tiki torches go far beyond boring bamboo — try them in steel or copper, which leave a more elegant impression and are more durable. Tikis also come in gas-burning models, which burn a bit cleaner than the standard oil-and-wick variety and can be more easily adjusted to accommodate the wind. Or, try a tabletop torch, which provides more direct lighting and can be easily moved.