Lighting - The Missing Wonder From Your Project!

Outdoor lighting is one of the most under-estimated or forgotten parts of your project...that can actually be pretty economical. Lighting makes a real statement, the WOW factor that all your neighbors will be jealous of! We've put together some details on outdoor lighting below.

Solar vs Low Voltage

  • Depending on where you get the solar lighting, it can be very poor quality & die out a year after install.

  • Solar can be done after a deck is built.

  • Low voltage/integrated lighting is easier to do during a project.

  • Can be a similar price point.


  • Stairs

  • Should go on each riser - don't skip steps, as it can present a safety hazard.

  • Railing

  • Can be on the top rail glowing down.

  • Looks especially cool on glass railing as it makes the entire panel glow.

  • Post Caps

  • This is the most common & easiest to install.

  • Hanging

  • Very popular choice as it gives off a more casual, candlelight-type vibe in your space.

  • Can be mounted to posts, pergola, or house.

  • Up-Lighting

  • Can go against a pergola or deck post.

  • Landscaping & trees look grand with extra lighting.

  • Can even surface mount lighting into the decking!

Extended Use of Outdoor Space

  • Fall is a great example of extended use; its still warm enough out but it gets dark so early!

  • Lights help the space become much more useable.

  • Firepits & fireplaces are a fun addition for this season too!


  • Stairs are the best example for adding safety. It shows any generation exactly where to step.

  • Good lighting around a house is a known deterrent of crime.

Who should do lighting?

  • Everyone!

  • Older generations will benefit from lighting on railings & steps.

  • Those with families will appreciate being able to see the little ones more easily with post-mount or surface-mount lighting.

  • Can be affordable for most budgets.

Can it be done after the fact?

  • Depends on the project, but most likely, yes!

  • Easiest on decks that are above grade (2ft+), so there is space to run cable underneath.

  • The easiest railing to install after the fact is glass, as it comes apart as an entire panel.

  • Solar does have a place, but research & be prepared to spend money on quality solar.

There are so many options when it comes to lighting your outdoor space. Summit Outdoor Designs would love to work with you to develop a lighting plan! Contact us today for a free estimate!

(816) 524-8565

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