Deck Lighting Has Come a Long Way


Creating an evening mood of class and style is not easy to achieve on a deck. This novel idea of lighting is changing the way decks are enjoyed during the evening hours.

Over the years deck lighting has come a long way. One of the best and most efficient energy saving ways to light you deck is by solar.

Solar lighting relies on sunlight to keep it charged; eliminating the need to install unsightly wires or cables around or under the deck. Solar lighting is especially easy to install for existing decks as you do not need to disturb the decking to install therm.

There is a variety of locations to place lighting on a deck:

  • Deck Posts Lights
  • Deck Bar Lights
  • Deck Steps
  • Deck Lighting
  • And more…

As there is no need for wiring solar lighting can be attached anywhere on a deck. It is important to remember because they are solar lighting you do need have direct sunlight to the solar panel so they can properly charge.

Every solar light is equipped with nickel cadmium (NiCad) battery allowing them to charge even on overcast days. However the charge will not last long; if you have your deck or lighting in a highly wooded area where direct sunlight is not available then traditional lighting might be the only way to go. Also, remember solar lighting is not meant for security lighting as they are not that bright; they are meant for someone to see steps or to boast features of a deck.

Usually the NiCad battery will produce enough power to light the decks for approximately 14 hours when fully charged, typical times are 10 – 12 hours and 5 – 6 hours in the winter.

The people at Great Railing would be able to tell you if solar lighting is the best way to go for your decking solution.

Another great reason to add solar lighting to your deck is resale value. With the real estate market finally changing; deck lighting is a great way to increase the value of a home. As many people visit in the day and night to get a good feel for the neighborhood a beautiful accented deck with solar lighting will make your home more inviting and hopefully more appealing to purchase.

Great Railing has done a lot of research on lighting and over the years we have installed a lot of traditional lighting and solar lighting. If you stop by our showroom or our website you will see outdoor lighting ideas. Visit

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