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DIY Decking Series – Part VI
In part six of our DIY decking series, we’re shining the light on permanent outdoor illumination, discussing the benefits of different kinds of lighting, and breaking down important tips for installation.
If you’ve been following our DIY series, you’ve learned all about the benefits to bringing a capped composite or polymer deck to your backyard, ideas for designing and installing your own DIY deck, as well as the premium performance of our composite and metal railings. At this point in the planning stage, you’re almost ready to put the finishing touches on your outdoor oasis, but there’s one more important element to consider: outdoor lighting.
Picture it: It’s a warm summer evening, and you and the family have just finished dinner. You’re relaxing comfortably on your new TimberTech® deck, enjoying crisp lemonade and fresh berries with guests while the kids play soccer in the backyard. The sun is sinking, but you don’t want the party to stop.
Thanks to TimberTech deck lighting, it doesn’t have to.
Read on to learn about the different types of lighting you can install to complement your new deck, then start building inspiration around deck lighting ideas to brighten your space.
Even if you don’t want deck lighting right now, it’s important to pull the wires to keep the option open for future enhancements — wiring your deck for lighting at the onset will keep the installation much easier down the road. While installation will vary based on the type of lighting you choose, there are still some important considerations and safety precautions to keep in mind:
|Mini Accent||1 watt|
|Lighted Island Cap||2 watts|
|Post Cap Light||4 watts|
|Stair Riser||2 watts|
|Under Rail||2 watts|
For the installation of TimberTech lighting, you will need the following, in addition to a basic tool set:
For more details about lighting installation, please review our Lighting Installation Guide.
Accent lights are just one of the many lighting options available to you as the owner of a composite deck. Starting with accent lighting, this section breaks down the compatibility of our luminous product lines with different railing and deck features, highlights the benefits to each, and underscores installation best practices.
Composite railing posts, Impression Rail Express®
Subtly highlights posts and transition points to boost safety while evoking a gentle atmosphere
Capped composite and capped polymer decking and fascia boards
Flush mounting promises unencumbered steps, and the gentle glow cultivates an inviting atmosphere
Premier Railing®, RadianceRail®, Trademark Rail™
Showcases the craftsmanship of your railing while lending a warm glow to all four sides of the cap
Premier Railing®, RadianceRail®, Trademark Rail™, RadianceRail Express®, and Impression Rail Express®
Elegantly brings a softly glowing halo of light to the start of stairs and railings
Capped composite and capped polymer risers
Enhances safety while lighting the steps of your deck while keeping the illumination gentle and discreet
Premier Railing®, RadianceRail®, Trademark Rail™ and Reserve Rail™
Traces a warm, glowing border to your outdoor living space and is conveniently hidden on the underside of your top rail
Whether you’re looking to bring a warm glow to your evening gatherings, increased visibility to your stairways and transition points, or underscore the clean of your composite deck, we have the deck lighting ideas you need. It’s just how we’re wired.