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
- Walkway lights (At Home)
- 3/4" Stainless wood screw (Lowes)