How to Choose Deck Lighting

Deck lighting and outdoor lighting is an overall outdoor space enhancement DIY deck builders can achieve in an afternoon or two! Take your deck, porch, or patio area to the next level and create a magical nighttime atmosphere with the beauty of outdoor LED lighting throughout your outdoor living room.

Choosing Deck Lighting Fixtures

DIY deck lighting is a fantastic way to accent your backyards features while providing safety for your friends and family. Help your deck be the best spot in the house, day and night, by using deck and landscape lighting to create a unique outdoor space that’s entirely your own.

Browse deck lighting designs and ideas to expand your space and keep the party going well after the sun has gone down

Whether working with the electricity-free ease of solar lighting or are planning a detailed deck lighting design that requires the control of low voltage lighting; make your outdoor space the #1 spot in the neighborhood with outdoor lighting options and fixtures.

Deck and Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Creating a DIY deck lighting plan can make bringing your outdoor lighting ideas to life easier than ever. From placing an accurate lighting and wiring order to straightforward deck lighting installation and a complete finished outdoor deck lighting look; learning how to plan your deck lighting design is a perfect first step. Find out how to create your lighting plan in our helpful DecksDirect video.

Deck Lighting Fixtures

Here's a breakdown of the several different types of deck lights available to find the perfect deck lighting design for your home's outdoor living space. Perfect for both professional deck contractors and DIY deck builders alike, choosing and installing deck lights can be both simple and straightforward.

Shop the most popular LED post cap lights in either solar deck lighting or low voltage deck lighting to find classic styles like the Cape May LED Post Light by LMT Mercer

Post Cap Lights

A gorgeous way to both complete and protect your railing is with eye-catching post cap lights. These deck post lights seal off your posts from any damaging debris while adding detail throughout the day, and a lovely ambiance at night. Choose from our wide range of solar or low voltage post cap lights to illuminate your deck perimeter.

Get lighted post caps for your deck, porch, patio, or garden to provide added style, security, and functionality. Fence post cap lights increase the safety of your outdoor space so you can feel free to enjoy your backyard and garden at night.

Post cap lights are a wonderful deck lighting option as they are large enough to provide considerable brightness, yet are spaced apart roughly 6 feet so as not to overpower the entire look of your deck space.

Add rail lighting, like te Odyssey LED Strip Light from Aurora Deck Lighting to your outdoor living room and increase the feel of your space

Rail Lighting and Under Tread Lighting

Illuminating cramped spaces, outdoor cooking areas, even midway through long railing spans; under rail lights allow you to brighten up certain sections of your deck easily. Low-profile in their design, under rail lights help you to highlight your deck at night without stealing the focus throughout the day. Add discreet lighting to your deck easily, with deck rail lights from brands you’ll love.

Adding rail lighting to your family's outdoor living space can be achieved by mounting the under rail deck light to the underside of your deck railing. Then you will run the wires along that rail and conceal them within a deck post or the deck surface for a clean overall look. Rail lights are also referred to as LED strip lights and can be installed along the tread of exterior staircases for nighttime brightness.

Deck rail lights are generally long, thin LED lights with an adhesive backing on one face. These rail lights deliver a light illumination along the perimeter of the deck to give the illusion of a larger deck area or can be mounted up under the lip of deck stairs to provide a safe glow for high foot-traffic areas.

Add side mount lighting to your deck lighting plan, like the Accents Vertical LED Rail Light from Fortress Railing, and illuminate busy walking areas

Post Mount/Side Mount Lights

Cast a gentle glow down your posts easily with side mount lighting fixtures. A great addition to any railing that has a continuous top rail or an efficient way to add subtle lighting and highlight certain areas of your deck. Help your deck make a statement by adding distinctive low voltage or solar post mount lights to your area.

An ideal choice for adding deck illumination along the perimeter of your space, post mount deck lights or side mount deck lights allow for the freedom of adding a touch of light to your deck wherever it's needed most.

Side mount deck lights can generally be installed on nearly any deck post material or wall including wood posts, metal deck railing posts, concrete pillars, brick walls, and more.

Install recessed lighting or stair riser lights, such as the Recessed LED Stair Lights by Dekor, to illuminate your outdoor staircase and keep guests safe

Stair and Step Lighting

Protect your family and friends by brightening up high traffic areas with unobtrusive stair and step lighting. Easily mount stair lights in the risers of your exterior staircase, along your deck perimeter, or directly into your deck boards to accent other features.

Browse through low-voltage stair lighting styles ranging from subtle recessed lights and angled recessed lights, to strikingly designed stair riser lights to find the best look for your home.

Brighten up your outdoor space with the rugged and beautiful looks of LED landscape lighting throughout your yard

Landscape Lighting

Let your yard leave an impression with a dynamic landscape lighting arrangement! Positioning landscape lights around the base of the deck, walkways, gardens can both accentuate your space while helping people find their way.

A wide range of landscape lights feature illumination spreads such as path, wall wash, accent and more are available to help light up your nights.

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Find the top deck lighting and outdoor light fixture designs for your outdoor space and create your deck space

Learn more about the basics of deck lighting and more info on how to install LED deck lighting on your outdoor space in the Deck Lighting Guide. From stair lighting, rail lighting, post cap lights, and solar deck lights; we're here to help you every step of the way with your DIY deck build or remodel. Get started on your home's LED deck light project today and illuminate your outdoor space.

Browse more deck design and railing style notes to upgrade your backyard space and deck in the DecksDirect Railing Style Guide. The quickest way to learn if your home is more suited for a classic aluminum deck railing or a strong, composite railing line.

The more you know, the better your deck and backyard projects will be! Whether you're looking at a brand new start or a summertime deck renovation; give our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at Our deck experts will help you get the information, products, and tools you need for a gorgeous deck that you created and designed!