Deck lighting is an effective solution to make your Timber Deck useful and more appealing. Follow our step-by-step directions to find out the best way to install low voltage lights. Because low voltage lighting does not require hiring an electrician, it's a thing you can do, provided you are not afraid of electricity. Just kidding, though! Installing deck light is like installing landscape lights.
It's possible for you to select from many different stair riser lights, railing lights, and light posts. A 12- volt transformer that's plugged into a standard wall outlet powers most light systems. Solar lights can be used and do not even need transformers or wiring. Always see the manufacturers installation instructions before beginning the job, and get in touch with your local building department.
Perfect for lighting up steps in your decking, deck lights also add feeling to your outdoor living space. In this step by step guide, you’ll learn the best way to set up deck lights to create a much more inviting and safer outdoor surroundings.
Step One: Mark out wherever your lights will be
So that you can work on the rear of the plank, take away the very best board of the decking on which you’re installing the light. Mark your lights out across the board. Ensure they're equally spaced out. Bear in mind wherever your power cord is as well as the amount of the cable needed when determining where the lights will go.
Step Two: Drill holes for the lights
Before when you start drilling, make certain there's nothing like conduits or cables on the other side of the plank. You’re prepared to drill your holes. Pick the drill bit that matches the deck light that you’ve purchased. Make sure the drill bit clears the pins that hold it by several millimeters as well as the light.
Step Three: Install your deck lights
Set the lights within the holes you’ve drilled. Join the wire in the rear of the light together with the outlet that is loom. You’ll have to screw at every connection that may produce a watertight seal in a cover.
Step Four: Link to electricity
Connecting your deck lighting should ONLY be done by a licensed Electrician.
DECAID, part of the Timber Decking Now Group is one of the best Timber Deck Builders in Melbourne. We guarantee that every work we have to do for you will be treated with optimum attention and same enthusiasm. We cherish what we do. We are proud of our service. We offer professional decking maintenance service including oiling, repair and jet washing.
Visit us at 31 Sydney Road, Bayswater, 3153, or call us on 0451 022 041 to find out more information about our exceptional timber decking options and installation service today.
This beautiful West Australian Jarrah deck in North Brighton, Melbourne is an absolute treat!
The owner fell in love (as did we) with this beautifully coloured and textured hardwood.
TIMBER DECKING MELBOURNE (Melbourne Deck Builders) sourced this lovely timber specifically for our client who desired "something different" that would enhance their period dwelling and compliment the existing second hand red brick pavers installed in their courtyard.
The addition of lined "flush" box openings allowed the owners to instal their square plant pots "in the deck" so as to enhance the "established look" of the courtyard.
As a final touch, low voltage deck lights were added to further enhance the decks appeal.
The overall result was a functional, durable and extremely attractive lifestyle option, that remains one of our personal favorites!
The owner of this elevated deck and verandah had a real problem! A building surveyor had completed an inspection which resulted in the entire structure being deemed unsafe.
The home was a rental under lease to a reliable tenant, who used the deck to gain access to the front door via a set of timber steps. The structure was over 28 years old when Timber Decking Now (Melbourne Deck Builders) were asked to quote a fixed price for its replacement.
To add a twist to the negotiations, the properties owner was living in London UK! Therefore, after initially dealing with the owners agent in Melbourne, we were put in direct touch with the owner in London. The lady owner trusted our judgement and soon placed an order with Timber Decking Now for the decks replacement.
Timber Decking Now (Melbourne Deck Builders) organised plans, permits, demolition bins and demolition / construction crew. We were in direct contact with the tenant and organised ourselves around her requirements.
Special consideration had to factored in due to the decks clearance height. At 3.2M, lateral bracing, in addition to the diagonal bracing was specified to account for possible splaying of the 125mm cypress pine posts. The specified decking was 90mm treated pine to be sealed with an appropriate decking finish. The original handrails were to be duplicated, however, this requirement under current regulations meant they would not comply in part.
The inside face of certain sections were lined with a tight mesh to deter children climbing over the rails. From beginning to end the entire process took about three weeks. The end result was a stronger, better constructed and ascetically pleasing structure that if maintained properly would be good for another 30+ years.
No one living in Victoria will ever forget the tragedy of "Black Saturday". In the days leading up to this tragic event, the daily temperatures soured over 40 degrees. In was in these conditions that TIMBER DECKING NOW fulfilled a desperate clients need to "repair & alter" a rear ELEVATED DECK up in the Dandenong Ranges. It seems that the client was "desperate" on the grounds that he "could not get anyone to go to his home and quote the job!"
Upon arrival and inspection, the clients "desperation" was soon justified. Portions of the supporting bearers were rotted out! This fact was due to the damp conditions, lack of sunlight and heavy shade, plus the timber used in the original construction (OB hardwood) had no protective finishes or weatherproof capping installed.
The entire deck was to be "re skinned" and repaired, along with a small "bay" extension towards one end. The owner also specified a small gable roof over the extension to protect a sliding door access point from the living area.
Melbourne Deck Builders, Timber Decking Now, chose to commence work on this project at "sunrise" (with the owners consent.) The heat of the day and the decks orientation to the East meant that the construction team were exposed the full impact of the Sun, when it climbed over the trees to the rear of the property. By 11.30 am the temperature has risen past 35C!
Work was ceased in the following hour on a day to day basis until the project was completed on the Friday, one day before the tragic events on Saturday!
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