Today’s decks are fully functioning outdoor rooms, with comfy furniture, and planters with vibrant flowers and fragrant herbs.
A great deck is a place to enjoy the whole day, from your first sip of morning coffee with the twittering birds to your last relaxing moments of an evening spent beneath a twinkling canopy of stars.
The key to a deck’s evening ambiance? The perfect lighting.
A deck can be a magical place at night, but only if it’s lit correctly!
Everybody knows that lighting deck steps and posts is a great way to prevent a pitch-dark deck.
Tread lights are a great option because they fit right into the vertical part of your deck steps and focus light downward onto the step immediately below it.
Another popular option is to use LED lights that slip under a post cap.
These lights provide a nice warm ambiance for entertaining, but depending on the height, they can be an eye-level distraction when you’re seated. To avoid this, consider using accent lighting on the side of your post, maybe mounted 18 inches above the deck.
There are lots of other options to illuminate your deck to create a safe, beautiful atmosphere and give it a resort feel.
If your deck includes built-in benches for seating, under-cap lights, are essential. These subtle fixtures are designed to be hidden, casting light downward.
Tucked beneath the edge of your bench, they offer safe, subtle illumination without glare, spilling a nice pool of light at your feet.
It doesn’t get much better than soft moonlight illuminating your deck at night. But what about cloudy nights when the moon doesn’t cooperate?
Introducing moonlighting — the next best thing.
A light fixture is placed high up in a tree near your deck and angled downwards. The effect? Moonlight shining down through the branches. It feels natural and creates a lovely effect as the leaves and branches create shadow patterns on your deck.
Decks are ideal for moonlighting. If there are trees overhead, they’ll create intriguing shadows as the light filters down through them, and you can happily entertain your guests under your “moonlit” sky.
Don’t worry about damage to your trees. We only install lights in mature trees we know can support them. We use stainless steel screws so they don’t cause disease or damage. We’ll return to adjust the screws as the tree grows as part of our annual service agreement.
We hide the cable on the nonvisible side of the tree so you don’t even know it’s there.
No trees? No problem. We can mount lights high in the eaves of your house to create the same effect.
If you have a pergola over your deck, you have a great opportunity for stunning deck lighting.
The pillars and crossbeams of your pergola provide a great platform for a variety of pergola lighting options.
Imagine subtle recessed lighting that illuminates your table for dining and hosting barbecues.
LED strip lights are one of the most popular LED lighting products on the market this year, with huge potential for your deck.
Just like the name describes, these are flexible strips with tiny LED lights embedded in them. They come on a roll and usually have an adhesive backing.
They’re available in a wide range of colors — and they can change colors. They tuck discreetly beneath your deck railings or stair treads, so you see the light, but not the source.
Notice a theme here? The best deck lighting is subtle, hidden, and tucked away. It shouldn’t distract from your conversation, your entertainment, or your late-night snuggling.
When you relax on your deck, your view includes the landscaping surrounding your deck. Don’t leave it in the dark.
All your favorite garden plants you love during the day take on a whole new look when illuminated at night.
Imagine the lacy leaves of your ferns casting delicate shadows. The texture of tree trunks, expertly lit, creates garden drama.
Flower beds surrounding your deck look ethereal at night, with 2-to-4-watt LED lights nestled into the bark mulch.
We design with 30 different types of light bulbs — not just one — to expertly highlight the landscaping around your deck.
Dimmers are essential for a romantic evening on the deck. Dim lights are the perfect backdrop for candlelight and outdoor fireplaces.
All of your deck lighting is available with an automated, fully dimmable option that can be controlled with your preferred smart device. From pergola bistro lighting to downlighting, you can dim your lights as much or as little as you need to create the perfect ambiance.
A relaxing evening on the deck can be ruined by glare from landscape lighting.
We use LED landscape lighting with warm white bulbs that provide just the right amount of light. We choose the right bulb type and wattage for each fixture to ensure that no light is wasted.
We also use glare shields and “eyelids” to direct light exactly where it needs to go. This ensures that you’re not blinded by light while you’re enjoying your deck.
This takes more than basic installation. It requires skill and expertise from experts who make high-end landscape lighting their only focus.
When your deck is professionally illuminated by skilled artists, you won’t really notice any of these individual lighting elements.
But you’ll notice if they’re suddenly gone.
A client recently called in distress because their deck lighting wasn’t working.
We quickly found and fixed the problem, but the call sticks with me, because it’s a great example of the kind of difference professional deck lighting can make.
When the light is suddenly gone, so is the ambiance.
If you want your deck to be a magical, romantic place to spend your evenings, we’d love to hear from you. Give us a call at (801) 440-7647 to schedule a free consultation, or fill out our simple contact form.
Located in Midvale, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah serves customers throughout Utah’s residential areas, including Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper, and Holladay. Our outdoor lighting portfolio includes projects from Salt Lake County and Utah County, to Davis County and Summit County — and beyond.