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Outdoor Lighting Ideas

by Debbie Correale

Now that summer is officially here, and we are enjoying our outdoor areas more, I thought it would be fun to focus on outdoor lighting—specifically, deck, patio, or porch lighting ideas.

Ideas for Adding Outdoor Light

Use a string of LED lights choosing a color like your decking or that will blend in. If you have a wood deck, use cable staples under your deck railing or balusters, depending on the look you want to achieve. Lightly hammer the staples in to create a channel to hold your lights discretely. Use long-lasting LED bulbs and extension cords rated for outdoor use. Purchase an outdoor smart-plug to connect your outdoor lights to your Google Assistant or Alexa apps to automate the lights.

How to Hang Lights

Adding a few strings of light overhead can be the perfect solution. Again, choose LED lights rated for outdoor use. This light string offers a shatterproof bulb with hooks to hang easily. Look around your deck or patio and assess how you can achieve the look you want. Attach a string of lights to vinyl siding by using this clip, or choose this clip if you want a light-colored hook. If you have brick, use a brick clip to hang lights.

Tips for Hanging Lights

When hanging lights overhead, consider hanging from the corner of the house, your siding, or a tree in the yard. If you want to add lights overhead and do not have a corner post or something to attach a string of lights, there are options.

  • Create a support system using this DIY planter project and a fence post. Keep in mind; you will want to paint the wood the color of your deck trim to blend in with your style.
  • Click here for instructions on using a wood dowel for your light posts, and a planter.
  • String lights from a tree, click here for an example.

Other Ways to Add Light

If you want to replace or add a new deck, check out this article for things to consider, and don’t forget to plan your lighting options in the budget! For visual ideas on deck lighting, view my Pinterest board. Have fun enjoying your beautiful backyard, patio, or balcony oasis!

For all your home staging and interior decorating needs, give me a call at 610-955-8202 or email!

By Debbie Correale, Redesign Right, LLC. Follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Houzz. Feature photo licensed from Shutterstock.

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