Outdoor lighting can enhance the safety of your Nashville deck

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville deck lighting

Deck lighting will enhance the safety and function of your deck.

Do you wish you could get more use out of your deck in the evening? Many homeowners have a deck, or outdoor space which they don’t feel comfortable using past sundown because of the space’s lack of proper lighting. In honor of May being Deck Safety Awareness month, we want to focus on a facet of deck safety that goes beyond structural. The North American Deck and Railing Association has declared May as Deck Safety Month. NADRA recommends having adequate lighting on your deck to improve deck safety as part of their consumer deck safety checklist.  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville wants to take this opportunity to focus on making your deck safer by adding outdoor lighting.

It is true that having a deck that is structurally sound is important. Ensuring a sure footing and the changes in elevation that are part of many deck designs are the main reason deck lighting is crucial to the safety of your deck space. When we consult with homeowner’s and take a stroll around their property to look for areas that in the most need of outdoor lighting, decks are usually at the top of the list.

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A well-lit deck makes your outdoor living experience safer.

When it comes to the options and placement for deck lighting, the possibilities are abundant. A common place to add outdoor lighting to a deck space is at the top of the posts or along the railings. We can also add deck lighting to areas that are often overlooked but add a plethora of light to help you navigate your deck space during the evening. One such location is under any bench seating you have present on your deck, another is the use of LED rope lighting that is placed on the underside of the railing.

The stairs present the most danger to your deck space because this is the area where most deck accidents are likely to occur. Stairs need to be made clearly visible to prevent trips or falls. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville focuses on two distinct areas when we add lighting to the stair area of your deck. These are installing lighting on the railing, and installing lighting on the vertical area of the step itself. Both of these methods will help you and your evening guests travel your deck stairs safely by adding increased visibility.

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This photo was taken by a customer who experienced a snake coming onto her deck and porch area. We added outdoor lighting to increase visibility on her deck and porch space.

Increasing visibility in your deck space will not only help you navigate and utilize your deck with safety in mind, it will also raise awareness of any object that may be present in your deck space that shouldn’t be there. Storms and wind can blow limbs and debris onto your deck which can pose a safety hazard. In rare cases, we have also had homeowner’s call us to install deck lighting because different types of wildlife were showing up on their deck in the evening. Our lush  Nashville area backyards can sometimes place nature a little too close for comfort. Having adequate lighting on your deck will deter animals from entering the space at night.

Adding outdoor lighting to your deck space will increase safety and set the stage for endless evening enjoyment in your outdoor space.   With deck lighting sundown will no longer dictate the end of your outdoor living enjoyment!

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville  to learn more about all the benefits of deck lighting today.  Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 or email us at  olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

For more deck and patio lighting design examples visit our deck and patio lighting gallery located on our website.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville urges homeowners with outdoor lighting to proceed with caution when mulching and sprucing up this Spring

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Our outdoor lighting installations utilize safety as well as beauty in your landscape.

When most people think of outdoor lighting they envision a beautiful home and landscape enhanced by the soft, romantic illumination of professional outdoor lighting. It is true that the aesthetic appeal of outdoor lighting is important, as is their ability to enhance function of your landscape in the evening. One often overlooked aspect of outdoor lighting that is just as important is the safety of the outdoor lights themselves.Safe outdoor lighting is a top priority at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville. Letting a novice install your outdoor lighting can often lead to safety hazards such as overloaded circuitry and incorrect installation. This is why it is important to have an outdoor lighting professional install your outdoor lights. Aside from choosing a reputable, experienced outdoor lighting professional there are other safeguards that need to be addressed from the position of the homeowner which can affect the safety of your outdoor lighting.

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This lens cover has been damaged by allowing debris to pile atop the light.

One of the number one fire hazards that pose a threat in outdoor lighting is the absence of lens covers, especially on well lights. As we look ahead to the coming spring, homeowners will be busy sprucing up their yards by trimming bushes, flowers and trees as well as refurbishing their mulch and pine straw in their landscape. Spent clippings from plant material are often dried out, and once it has been trimmed will dry out quickly. It is important to discard these clippings and keep them away from all outdoor lighting to avoid the risk of fire. When applying new mulch or pine straw it is also crucial to avoid covering your outdoor lighting. Covering your outdoor lighting will not only make your lighting look bad, it can also present a risk of fire from contact with the dry mulch. This is the reason  having lens covers on your well lights is so beneficial. The purpose of lens covers is to keep any foreign material out of your well lights that could potentially pose a fire hazard, including plant clippings and mulch.

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This image clearly illustrates the importance of lens covers.

Even with lens covers it is still possible for outdoor lighting to become a fire hazard if covered completely by landscape materials. The material can cause the light itself to heat up and melt. It is a good idea to perform a once over in your landscape beds once your new mulch has been delivered, and again when applied to make sure no lighting has been buried underneath. It is also important to convey to your landscape manager who is overseeing your mulching or trimming  the presence and location of your lighting to ensure no lights get buried.

LED lights are long lasting, energy efficient and among the safest lights on the market today for outdoor lighting.

LED lights are long lasting, energy efficient and among the safest lights on the market today for outdoor lighting.

As lighting systems transition from quartz halogen to LED, mulch-related heat buildup problems and issues will decrease. If you are new to outdoor lighting and are considering adding them to your home and landscape in the near future, choosing an LED system will decrease the risk of heat buildup and fire because  LED lighting produces very little heat when in use because it contains no filament. The light LED produces come from a process called electroluminescence, where a substance is acted upon by an electric field that produces a cold light. Not only does LED pose less of risk of causing fires, it is also dramatically more energy-efficient, more durable, and leaves less of a carbon footprint on the environment. It doesn’t get much “cooler” than that!

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John Groce – Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more about outdoor lighting safety, or to find out more about super-efficient, super beneficial cool burning LED technology. (615) 373 – 0638
email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Visit our garden and landscape lighting gallery to see examples of how we make safety a top priority with our landscape lighting installations. You can also see the beauty and benefits of LED outdoor lighting first hand by visiting our outdoor lighting photo gallery. Both galleries are located on our website.