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Plan deck lighting sooner, not later!

Why deck lighting needs to be planned at the earliest stage of your new deck project.

Preparing to build a new backyard deck is exciting, particularly if it’s something you’ve wanted to do for a while. Second only to remodeling the kitchen, creating a new outdoor living space is a top priority for many homeowners. Canadians have an insatiable appetite for soaking in every moment of the warmer weather, and perfecting our backyard spaces allows us to take it all in comfortably.  

While deciding between a multi-level and single-level deck designs, or whether to build with composite, Massaranduba, or cedar, there is another important detail that you need to keep in mind –your deck lighting.

Make Deck Lighting a Priority

Much like our outdoor living spaces, Canadian deck lighting has evolved in recent years. Gone are those simple patio lanterns, and in their place, is a carefully planned lighting scheme.

To learn more about what’s new and essential in Canadian deck lighting, we went straight to the experts at Hotwire Electric, in the Greater Toronto Area. However, before talk turned to new lighting technologies and trends, the team at Hotwire offered this one crucial piece of advice:

“Planning is key, because electrical wiring needs to be buried, and inspected. [That is why] electricians and landscapers should work hand in hand. Collaborative teamwork between the trades is crucial.”

It is important to consider your lighting and other electrical needs in the earliest possible stages of your build, because the electrical conduits and runs need to be preplanned, prior to any hardscaping. The early involvement of your electrical contractor will allow for a well-integrated lighting plan.

“Once you pick the hard and softscapes, the electricians can then plan and design the type of lights that work best in each area to illuminate and accent areas.”

Safety First

While creating a beautiful, evening vignette and accenting your adjacent water feature may seem like a high priority, the lighting for your deck is first and foremost a matter of safety. When on an elevated surface (like a deck), it is imperative that you, your family and guests have a clear view of where everything is once dawn sets in. Of course, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be dynamic and beautiful as well.

“Not only does illumination assist with safety and making the area accessible but lighting is art… it allows [you] to set the mood [for any occasion].

Outdoor Lighting Trends

Whether you’re enjoying a quiet dinner for two or hosting the party of the summer, having the right deck lighting can take your evening from ho-hum to electrifying. Start with the essential lighting fixtures. These fixtures can include: riser lights for the stairs, accent lights, post cap lights, and post sleeve lights.

In addition to these standard lights, there are some exciting new trends emerging.

“At Hotwire we see a lot of uplights and wall washing being added to spaces. Uplighting is typically used to highlight trees [around the deck], while down lights [also called] wall washing is used to illuminate pergolas and cabanas.”

Expert Lighting Design Services

With all of the option now available on the market in Canada, it can be overwhelming to try and decide what type of lighting to try. Fortunately, that’s where the experts can help.

“Hotwire has on-staff lighting designers that work with a variety of lighting suppliers. [This] provides the clients with a variety of choices for optimal lighting solutions.”

Hotwire’s licensed electricians are lighting designers and trained in the Art of Lighting. Additionally, if you’re adding a hot tub, they can ensure that it’s done to code, and even make equipment connections for your pool.

To learn more about Hotwire Electric, visit them online at or see their listing here on

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