I wanted to have some lighting on the deck and in the area, but I didn’t want to have some sort of spotlight in your eyes while you’re trying to relax.
I decided that I would make my own LED lights to build into the deck and bring an ambiance rather than harsh lighting. If you look elsewhere in this blog you will find a thread about how I dismally failed at that so I went to the hardware shop and bought a do-it-yourself kit.
It seemed relatively easy to do the kit and it was. I took maybe an hour or so to string it all up according to the instructions and then had to fix a few that I did wrong. All in all a pretty easy experience.
Anyway, I decided that I would set it all up prior to putting the boards on because it would be so much easier. Then I also needed to check how it would look at night and how bright the actual lights were. For this I used the most reliable and widely acclaimed fastening system available – gaff tape. 🙂
I went through and placed the lights where I thought they would be finally and gaff taped them in place to get an idea of how bright they would be and how the light would be distributed. Then I loosely strung the wire up under the deck skeleton while it was easy.
Once the boards are on it will be easier to then mount the lights in the deck and pull the cable tight. Here are the pictures of the lights in place prior to the boards going on.
Once all set up, I had to wait for nightfall to test. I was pretty happy with the highlighting of the trees and the light it put out on to the paving. The following picture is pretty grainy, but obviously…. it’s dark. 🙂