If you have decking in your garden you can add some lights into it to make it shine. The natural pattern of the wood will be highlighted very well and the textures and grain will come out. Of course you will be sitting on the decking and you will need some light to see what you are doing, so the light serves a few functions. Sitting outside and relaxing with family and friends on your patio decking is one of life’s little comforts, especially as the sun goes down. That is why we all spend so much time and effort, for the little treats.
As for the decking, well you can have recessed lights that fit into the decking and shine through. This gives a very professional look and is very popular. Alternatively you can buy standard deck lights that sit at various positions on the decking, such as at the corners or elevated a little bit to fit on the rails if you have them. Post lights can be fitted on top of the decking posts, which also helps to light the edges of the feature for added safety.
Garden lighting design has come a long way and the choice is unlimited as to what you can do. Being creative puts your own personality on your garden, and there are many styles to help you achieve this. There are focal designs that can sit in the center of the decking and spread the light outwards to all the corners, or there are spot lights can you can change the position of to create shadows and unexpected features.
If you choose the sunken or recesssed lights then it is wise to ut them around the edges of the decking. It can be a problem if the light is shining straight at you from below, so most people use them at the sides and edges. Depending on the color of the wood in your decking, you can but a light to match this. These can simply be placed on the top of the post, and they look like they were built just for this. They blend in well with most designs. Decorative materials such as copper and brass go well with wood, so this could be an option as well.
Installation is pretty straightforward as the video shows, but if you don’t want to use a power supply then there are solar deck lights that will do just as well, and will save you money. They are also kinder to the environment which is a big plus point these days. Timer switches can be used to save electric as well, and you can choose when they come on and go off. If your decking is slightly raised then you can fit the lights below for easier installation and have them pointing upwards through any gaps in the base. This also helps to hide any wires you may have.
The garden lighting fixtures you choose should complement the garden features, and using different shaped lights can help with this. Post lights come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, from flat toppped to pointed, and you can choose a different style to match the design of your decking arrangement, be it in wood or other materials. Because wood is easy to work with, you can buy custom made designs that will house the lights. Specialist craftsman are the best people to see about this, and it can add real character to your garden, with truly unique designs. Match them with other garden ornaments and stone features and you will have a memorable place to be at night.