How Deck Lighting Can Enhance Your Landscaping Projects

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Installing deck lighting can add significant appeal to both your services and a homeowner's property. Deck lighting will make outdoor spaces more attractive, safer, and help to increase a home's resale value. 

In this article, we explore the value of deck lighting and how you can leverage it to enhance your services. 


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The Benefits of Deck Lighting

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Improved Safety

Installing light fixtures on decks can help prevent accidents by increasing visibility on the entire deck and surrounding outdoor spaces. Installing lights near deck walkways and steps will reduce the risk of slips, trips, and falls.

Enhanced Security

Having outdoor deck lighting installed increases security for homeowners by reducing the chance of trespassers, and making it easier to see potential intruders on their property at night.

Stunning Aesthetics

Illuminating an outdoor living space such as a deck will create a more inviting and attractive ambiance. Installing a variety of lighting styles across a deck space can highlight architectural elements and create a warm glow with recessed lights.

Added Functionality

Outdoor deck lighting helps to brighten spaces so that people can spend more time outside entertaining and enjoying their property during the evening hours.

The Importance of Installing High-Quality Outdoor Lighting

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Quality outdoor lighting products such as our in-lite system are high performing. Our fixtures are made of long-lasting materials such as coated aluminum to withstand years of weather and elements. Quality deck lights also use energy-efficient components like LED bulbs, which are designed to last longer while saving money on energy costs in the long run. Compared to a traditional incandescent light, in-lite LED lighting uses 80% less energy. It also has a lifespan that is up to 10 times longer when used in normal conditions, and the transformer can be set so that the lighting is only activated when desired to prevent energy waste.

In addition to the benefits of durability and performance, quality lighting products will add aesthetic value to an outdoor space. High-quality lighting fixtures will provide a more sophisticated look, which will help to increase the overall value of a home.

For these reasons, it's recommended that contractors invest in quality lighting products when installing deck lighting as part of their services. Doing so ensures that customers get the most out of their investment, and it also boosts the contractor's reputation as a professional service provider.

Types of Deck Lights

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LED lights are the most popular type of deck lighting on the market today, and they come in a range of styles to suit any space. Recessed lights are ideal for illuminating paths and steps, while spotlights can be used to highlight specific areas or features, such as railings or benches.

Wall-mounted fixtures offer an elegant way to bring ambient light to walls and corners, while hanging pendants add a touch of sophistication when suspended above furniture or seating areas. 

Finally, deck post lights are an easy way to add safety and visibility to your deck. With so many different types of low-voltage LED lights available, contractors and landscapers can find the perfect lighting solution for their deck projects.

Common Mistakes When it Comes to Installing Outdoor Lights on Decks

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Installing deck lighting has multiple steps, so it's important to know what common mistakes to watch out for. One of the most common mistakes is using the wrong size or type of lights for your space. 

Different types of lights provide different levels of illumination, and certain sizes may not be suitable for the area you are trying to light. It's also important to make sure that the lights you choose are compatible with the power source you plan on using; otherwise, you may find yourself dealing with compatibility issues down the line. 

Many people fail to properly calculate how much power their lighting system will require when all the lights are turned on at once. Overloading a circuit can cause dangerous issues such as fires and electric shocks, so it's essential to do your research before installing any type of deck lighting system. 

in-lite makes outdoor lighting simple with our 12-volt system. Click here to learn more about our low-voltage transformers and cables.

Another potential issue is choosing a lighting system that isn't adequately protected from moisture and rain. Deck lights need to be able to withstand exposure to wet environments. It's important to choose fixtures that are specifically designed for outdoor use, as they will provide enhanced weatherproofing and protection against moisture damage. 


By avoiding these common mistakes, contractors can ensure that their clients get a safe and reliable lighting experience every time they switch on their deck lights.

Ways to Stay Up-To-Date on the Latest Outdoor Space Lighting Trends 

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Offering outdoor and deck lighting as a service requires that you stay up-to-date on the latest trends in order to successfully meet customer needs. 

One of the best ways to stay informed is by attending industry conferences and networking with other contractors to keep up with the most recent advancements in outdoor lighting technology. 

Another, easy, way to stay on top of industry news and trends is to sign up as an in-sider and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Contact us for more information about our in-sider program for industry professionals.

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