Local building codes vary on how much lighting they require. One standard, though: the International Residential Code requires exterior stairs to have a light somewhere on the top landing. Local building codes can sometimes require more stair lighting. We always recommend checking in with your city before starting a project to make sure you meet local and state building codes.
Deck lighting is an important safety feature - on a well-lit deck, your guests will always be able to see where they are walking, even at night. But lighting is also a huge upgrade to both your deck’s function and its appearance. A good outdoor lighting setup adds usable hours to your deck, allowing you to relax longer, keep your family dinner outdoors through dessert, or enjoy a hot cup of coffee on your deck even as the days grow shorter in fall and winter. Deck lighting also turns your deck into a grand, welcoming space, accenting the beauty you’ve already added to your outdoor living area. If you love the deck you’ve created, give it the perfect cherry on top with the soft glow of a carefully-designed outdoor lighting setup.