Step Deck Lighting: Transform Your Porch

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  • 2-40 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-500

Ensure your deck is safe for visitors after dark with step deck lighting. Step deck lighting will transform your porch into a place to enjoy the company of friends and family well into the evening. There are many lighting choices that make picking something that fits into your home and deck’s style easy.

Kinds of Deck Step Lighting

Deck step lighting is available in a variety of styles to suit your deck’s ambiance. It can be either recessed and hidden, only noticed when it is needed, or decorative as well as functional, adding a classy accent to your deck’s design.

Deck lighting is typically made from sturdy materials such as copper, stainless steel and brass, and can come in a variety of long lasting colors to match your deck’s color palette.

The two main kinds of deck step lighting are low voltage fixtures and solar fixtures. With the low voltage fixtures, you save on your electricity bill over a traditional high voltage fixture. With solar fixtures, there is no electrical power used. However, with solar fixtures, you must be able to place the solar panel in direct sunlight to ensure the light’s long operation in the evening.

Low Voltage Deck Step Lighting Installation

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Low voltage deck step lighting is easy and safe to install on your own with only a few tools and some basic electrical knowledge.

The three major items needed are:

Low voltage light fixtures

Transformers and controls


Planning is of great importance for installing low voltage deck step lights. Mapping out how your fixtures will connect to the transformer on your deck is the first step to installing your lights. You will need to run the wire, connect the fixtures, and secure them to the steps with mounting screws. Your lights should come with detailed instructions on how to install them.

Some additional things to consider:

Be sure to add up the wattage of all your fixtures and check the capacity of your transformer so it is not overloaded.

Remember the further your lights are away from the transformer, the dimmer the light. Keeping them within 100 feet will minimize the effects of this.

Solar Deck Step Lighting Installation

Installing solar deck lights is quite easy when compared to low voltage lighting. Generally the lights only need to be mounted to your deck’s steps using the included mounting screws. Because they operate on solar power there is no need for an electrical outlet or any additional wiring. Operating times for these lights vary depending on your specific location and weather.

With so many options out there for stylish deck step lighting, you should have no problem finding something that matches your deck’s unique style. Begin looking today and improve the safety of your deck for a long summer of fun outdoors.