Top Lighting Ideas to Spruce up Your Deck

Be it dinners with loved ones, spending the night under the stars, and barbeque nights with your friends—your outdoor deck is where your summer memories are made. Perfectly illuminating your deck for the occasion will only add to the magic. Whether you’re building a new deck or redoing an old one, lighting plays a vital role in setting the mood. Outdoor lighting helps your guests move around safely and instantly gives your deck a done-up look.

Keep reading to find terrific ways to decorate your deck and shine on!

Top Deck Lighting Ideas

When choosing the proper lighting, the first step is to decide the type of lighting you need. Temporary, semi-permanent, or integrated are your options. Temporary ones like LED candles are battery-operated lanterns that can be moved as required; semi-permanent ones need to be fixed like a built-in but can be moved whenever necessary. Built-in lights are embedded onto the porch or the deck, and a lot of work goes into moving them. Whatever type of lighting you choose, these lighting ideas are worth a try.

Style It with Railing Lights

Railing lights—built-in or strung along the perimeter—are a great way to define your deck. It can also illuminate areas of your deck where people frequently gather. There are deck post lights and under the rail lights that can also be used to add appeal while still providing enough light to move around safely.

Mount It on the Walls

Wall-mounted lights are mainly used to illuminate the pathways and access points. They typically can be operated from the inside, making them easily accessible before going out to your deck. There are many options for wall-mounted lighting; you can select one that complements your overall decor and serves your purpose.

Spotlight Your Landscapes

When guests are relaxing on your deck, they are bound to look around; this is the best time to show off your landscaping. Add spotlights to the landscapes, the outdoor dining area, grilling point, plants, or other areas of your deck. Don’t let your hard work and creativity sit in the dark!

Add Some Fun with Overhead Lighting

Do you have a pergola, trellis or arbor? Lift the spirit of your outdoor space instantly with overhead lights. Create a warm ambiance using LED lights to complete the relaxing and welcoming feel of your home. Keep wires out of sight with our lighting options and wire covers that are  waterproof, exceptionally durable, and backed by a lifetime warranty when using our transformer. Please read our lifetime warranty for full details. We offer a variety of overhead lighting, including flood lights, rope lights and strip lights to transform any outdoor space you have.

overhead lighting

Step into Safety with Stair Lights

Well-lit stairs will add to your deck’s appeal and make it safer to use. Avoid the stumbles and trip-overs with these recessed step deck lights. Before buying your recessed step lights, find out from the light manufacturer if the lights are safe to be walked over. Even if your deck is already built, installing these stair lights is still possible. Our Dek Dots are the perfect addition to help create the atmosphere you’re going for!

Hang Them to Make an Easy Decor

Pendant lights that make a decor statement and provide enough light will be a good idea if your deck has a roof or is a pergola. Choosing a light that compliments the theme and gives a chic look will be the best option. There are also some cool ones with automatic dimmers, heaters, and Bluetooth speakers. Have you thought of adding a dramatic chandelier?

Want Some Cool Pool Lights?

While buying lights for the pool deck, make sure you check its water tolerance. You need to check the lights’ IP rating code, which will give you a good idea of how much water, dust, and debris the light can withstand.

You could also use up-down lights and create a bow-tie pattern by the pool.

If you are super motivated and want to make this a fun weekend project, you could create outdoor lighting decorations to make your deck the place you love the most. You could use items like candles, mason jars, tea lights, led bulbs, and other household items and get creative.

Now that you have a good idea about the types of outdoor lights and how you can use them, there are a few things you should keep in mind before buying them.

Things To Consider Before Buying Deck Lights


Outdoor light fittings are subject to harsh weather conditions and might need maintenance or replacement. Having a warranty will ensure that the supplier takes care of the damages.


LEDs are the best choice when it comes to outdoor lighting and durability. It reduces frequent replacements and maintenance costs as well.

Outdoor Rating

Look for terms like ‘waterproof’ or ‘suitable for outdoors’ when buying outdoor lights. Checking with the manufacturer is a good idea when you are not sure.

Wattage & LED Lighting

Consider the wattage of the bulb while buying outdoor lighting. Low wattage incandescent, fluorescent or halogen bulbs are suitable to be used for decoration lighting . However when it comes to efficiency, LED bulbs should be your go-to! When you provide power to an LED light, more energy is converted to light rather than heat, creating a brighter light at a lower wattage. This results in long-lasting, energy efficient lighting, that ultimately saves you money in the long run.

Color and Style

Before buying the lights, you need to decide if you want warm ambient lighting or fun, bright, peppy lighting. It’s common to use warm colors for light to create an inviting and cozy look. Just go with what you want; the market is full of amazing choices.

Build a Theme

When shopping for lights and fixtures, make sure to buy the ones which follow a theme and suit the overall look of the house. Having a unified look will make your deck look more attractive.

If you are looking for a place to buy quality products with easy installations and extended warranty periods, Dekor Lighting is the place for you. Dekor Lighting is a one-stop shop for all your lighting needs. Contact 1-800-258-0344 or click here to place an order. It’s time to deck it up with lights!


Yes, DEKOR® manufactures all circuitry in Denver, CO providing excellent quality.

DEKOR® offers a COLORKONNECT WiFi controller and through the app you can dim the lights, change colors, and set schedules. You may also control light colors with dimming capability manually on the front face of the COLORKONNECT WiFi device.

When using the COLORKONNECT WiFi controller app provides you the ability to control your lights regardless of where you are located.

The 3W4PORT splitter/repeater has two functionalities: the splitter is used to connect the power wire and the three additional ports for 2-3 lights based on your lighting plan. The repeater is to be used every 20’ with long cable runs and at the light connections to enhance the signal creating pure colors from the first light to the last.

DEKOR® offers a simple 3W4PORT Plug-N-Play system with various cable lengths to make the install easy in any application.

You may change colors and dim the lights manually on the COLORKONNECT device.

Yes, with the use of two or more COLORKONNECT WiFi controllers and wiring two or more zones will deliver different light color patterns.

You may power up to 60-watts of light usage or 28 individual lights.
Our lights are 46% brighter and we have a dedicated pure white channel.
We offer a variety of lengths for any application—20”, 5’, 10’ and 20’.

Yes, you can add to your current non-RGBW DEKOR® lighting system by adding RGBW lights!  While the non-RGBW DEKOR lighting system is a 2-wire direct current system, and the RGBW DEKOR lighting system is a 3-wire direct current system, you are able to integrate both systems by creating a separate zone.  Either using a splitter running from you current transformer or upgrading to a 100 or 200 watt transformer, which has more than one output from the transformer, you can create an additional zone or zones.  Please call us if you need us to walk you through this!

The transconnect cable is for our standard DEKOR® Lighting 2-wire lights. The COLORCONNECT WiFi controller is a 3-wire system. The male-to-male cables come in lengths of 20”, 5’, 10’, 20’ are to be used to connect the COLORCONNECT WiFi controller and then to your first light.

For our RGBW system: The 36-watt and the 60-watt transformers will include one (1) 20’ 3WPNP male-to-male cable. The 100-watt transformer will come with (1) transconnect cable and (1) 20’ 3WPNP male-to-male cable. The 200-watt transformer will include (1) 20’ transconnect cable with two lead wires and (1) 20’ 3WPNP male-to-male cable.

The 3W4PORT splitter/repeater may only be used with the RGBW system. The 6-port splitter is a two wire and can only be used with our standard DEKOR® Lighting system.