DIY Solar Deck Lighting
A quick way to add lighting to your deck (with no wiring!)
Tools and Materials
- solar walkway lights
- Dremel/electric grinder
- wood screws
- screwdriver (don't use an electric drill)
I got a load of these "At Home" (the store). I chose the stainless steel tops for the contrasting look during the day.
I cut off the nipple that slides into the stake to lower the globe on the deck. It's not necessary but looks nicer. I used an electric grinder. You can use a Dremel too. You must cut square to the globe to get a nice vertical look when installed. You can clean up slight errors with sandpaper.
Many have suggested skipping this step by using larger 1/2" holes in the deck for the nipple, but I was after something with less damage should I ever want to remove them - or sell the house.
When attaching to your deck, pre-drill your hole and use a screwdriver, not a cordless drill - otherwise you'll break the globe. I use a #8 stainless wood screw 3/4" long
Remove the battery tab and assemble the light module on top of the globe
Here's the light shining about dusk. The globe makes a nice pattern on the deck rail.
I put one light above each 4x4 on my deck
If you're careful, you can cut the base of the globe tube at an angle for your stair rail
Enjoyed the project?
- Walkway lights (At Home)
- 3/4" Stainless wood screw (Lowes)
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Alayna Fisher on Jun 24, 2018
Smart,efficient. Working on a solar powered chandelier myself. Wonderful concept and cost very little w huge payoff!!! Thanx pal
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