When you're ready to update the backyard, don't forget the ways that you can use creative lighting to enhance your deck's appearance and safety. Energy efficient LEDs can be used in a variety of ways, cost less to operate than other typical home lighting, and work well in all temperature extremes. Here is why using LEDs is a benefit to you and some suggestions as to how to incorporate them into your deck and back yard.
Why Use LEDs
When compared to incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) lights, LEDs are more versatile in many ways:
- They can last for thousands of hours before needing to be replaced.
- They use less energy than the other bulbs making them less expensive to operate.
- They produce less heat than other bulbs.
- They are less sensitive to temperature and humidity making them an ideal choice for outdoor landscape lighting.
- They are available in strips of varying lengths that easily conform to the architecture of your deck and surrounding yard.
There are a number of ways that you can use these versatile lights to enhance your deck.
Outline Your Deck
Attach LED strips under the railing and along the uprights to highlight the deck at night. Put the LEDs on a light-sensitive rheostat so that as it gets darker, the lights become brighter.
Use Different Colors to Enhance Safety
Use different colored LEDs along the uprights on either side of openings in the deck. This will help people to recognize where these openings are and prevent tripping and falling accidents. Place LEDs along the stair risers to make them safer for people to use at night.
Using LEDs as Accents
Because the flexible LED strips can go around any shapes, use them in the bushes and trees that surround the deck. Place them under the rim of flower pots and boxes. The strips are unnoticeable during daylight hours so they won't detract from the appearance of the deck accents then.
Line Walkways To and From the Deck With LEDs
Besides highlighting the stairs up to and down from the deck, use LED lights as a border on sidewalks and other walkways through the yard. Use standard white LEDs to line paths to the deck. If you have other places in the yard to which people can go to socialize, such as a fire pit or swimming pool, use different colored LEDs to line those pathways to make it easy for people to find their way through your yard.
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