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    Default Walk-out deck lighting/decor ideas.

    I got nothing lol I have a rug, loveseat and 2 chairs. My deck is 259 so I have maybe 10 feet covered lol im looking at lights (its a covered deck with only one light) and anything else to spruce the thing up and fill the space, also looking for decent bluetooth speakers.

    All experiences and ideas would be appreciated
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    I've played around with deck lighting last few years, will probably play around more this year. It's a fucking pain in the ass to get any good lighting because you have to bounce the light off a surface, so for an open deck your options are limited.

    So far I've got an outside railing fitted with LED light strip that bounces the light off the fence. I've got a couple of solar lights on top of the railing but they aren't bright enough to do anything meaningful. I have a few lights pointed at the ground, they work fairly well. Still, it's overall way to dim IMO. Need a ceiling structure of some sort with lighting to truly solve the problem. I'm looking at building a wind guard in an open area with an open roof where I can install lighting, but need to research more on aerodynamics so I don't make the wind problem worse with an open roof.

    Here’s what it looks like as of 2 years ago. It’s brighter than it looks.

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    I get some pretty wicked winds straight towards the BBQ so windy days is a pain to relax or cook. I installed an outdoor plug underneath the deck hooked up to an automation switch, so I'm ready to light this shit up and not rely on solar shit haha.
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    Oh and bluetooth speakers, you can't beat a block rocker. Shit's loud enough to hear down the block for our block parties. Something smaller, I use an Ultimate Ears mid sized one. They're water proof too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent.ff View Post
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    We had a couple of those setup and they are super nice. Nice soft glow. They also survived 2 winters no problem. Got them connected to an outdoor smart plug so it's all controlled by google home.

    Our neighbour came over to tell us how nice it looked and then got a set themselves right away. Our new neighbour on the other side also commented on them within the first week of moving in last month, and now she has a set too. Also it looks like the house on the other side of the backalley has them too but I'm not sure if that's influenced by us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rage2 View Post
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    Oh and bluetooth speakers, you can't beat a block rocker. Shit's loud enough to hear down the block for our block parties. Something smaller, I use an Ultimate Ears mid sized one. They're water proof too.
    I've never heard of these. The thing I was thinking was that I could have a speaker out there, that stays out there.

    Either one if them faux rocks or a hanging "lantern" thing, you know, looks like part of landscaping.

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    I've played around with deck lighting last few years, will probably play around more this year. It's a fucking pain in the ass to get any good lighting because you have to bounce the light off a surface, so for an open deck your options are limited.

    So far I've got an outside railing fitted with LED light strip that bounces the light off the fence. I've got a couple of solar lights on top of the railing but they aren't bright enough to do anything meaningful. I have a few lights pointed at the ground, they work fairly well. Still, it's overall way to dim IMO. Need a ceiling structure of some sort with lighting to truly solve the problem. I'm looking at building a wind guard in an open area with an open roof where I can install lighting, but need to research more on aerodynamics so I don't make the wind problem worse with an open roof.

    Here’s what it looks like as of 2 years ago. It’s brighter than it looks.

    3D6E7532-B25F-4312-9FA8-20FF21BEECF9.jpg

    I get some pretty wicked winds straight towards the BBQ so windy days is a pain to relax or cook. I installed an outdoor plug underneath the deck hooked up to an automation switch, so I'm ready to light this shit up and not rely on solar shit haha.
    ya man, solar is never that bright, so maybe you're right in finding something else that plugs in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RX_EVOLV View Post
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    We had a couple of those setup and they are super nice. Nice soft glow. They also survived 2 winters no problem. Got them connected to an outdoor smart plug so it's all controlled by google home.

    Our neighbour came over to tell us how nice it looked and then got a set themselves right away. Our new neighbour on the other side also commented on them within the first week of moving in last month, and now she has a set too. Also it looks like the house on the other side of the backalley has them too but I'm not sure if that's influenced by us.
    I have these as well. In some situations they were a little too bright so i installed an inline plug in dimmer and you can adjust them as needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RX_EVOLV View Post
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    We had a couple of those setup and they are super nice. Nice soft glow. They also survived 2 winters no problem. Got them connected to an outdoor smart plug so it's all controlled by google home.

    Our neighbour came over to tell us how nice it looked and then got a set themselves right away. Our new neighbour on the other side also commented on them within the first week of moving in last month, and now she has a set too. Also it looks like the house on the other side of the backalley has them too but I'm not sure if that's influenced by us.
    What kind of hardware did you use to anchor them? Looking to do that over my deck next week, was think of using screw hooks. Did you reinforce the stringlights with a stronger wire/cable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nagooro View Post
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    What kind of hardware did you use to anchor them? Looking to do that over my deck next week, was think of using screw hooks. Did you reinforce the stringlights with a stronger wire/cable?
    I just looped /hooked them onto the trees. No anchor / reinforcement.

    The strings are also very heavy duty too, much stiffer than you would probably expect. Go check them out at Costco while they are still in season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 03ozwhip View Post
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    I've never heard of these. The thing I was thinking was that I could have a speaker out there, that stays out there.

    Either one if them faux rocks or a hanging "lantern" thing, you know, looks like part of landscaping.
    Block Rocker is like a travel suitcase, with a huge battery in it that seems to last forever. Has USB ports to charge phones too. I charge it 2 or 3x a year. You just roll it around like a suitcase.

    Ultimate Ears is a portable speaker that's shaped like an energy drink. 360 degree speaker and surprisingly loud for the deck.

    I mean I'd like to get permanent speakers but really never had a need. I move both those around the yard, front, garage, sidewalk depending on where I am and audience.

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    String lights like this works so well, but my OCD won't allow me to do it.
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    Went out and bought a ton of solar lights from CAn tire for the back yard and for the most part im taking them all back. I bought a bunch of the path lights and spot lights but the light output is not strong enough for us. Didnt want to go wired but for what we want i think theres no choice.

    My buddy has the block rocker and it literally is a carry on but it hits hard. This would be awesome for an outdoor thing but you're neighbors would hate you lol
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    and I did not have the only say in the matter (most people just want it done ASAP and don't care about quality).
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    If anything we made a better decision because we had a consensus and were all on the same page.

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    Originally posted by SEANBANERJEE
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    Beats my sick Bluetooth speaker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    Beats my sick Bluetooth speaker.
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    True. I'm the kind of guy who might have an abnormally large beer bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    True. I'm the kind of guy who might have an abnormally large beer bottle.
    Rumour has it that there are other things about you that are abnormally large as well. It's not a coincidence that you're known as the human tripod in certain Airdrie groups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rage2 View Post
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    Lol ya thats huge. I have my music setup by the window and its just way too loud, thats why I'm looking for something smaller and easy to deal with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 03ozwhip View Post
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    Lol ya thats huge. I have my music setup by the window and its just way too loud, thats why I'm looking for something smaller and easy to deal with.
    That’s why there’s an ultimate ears above it.
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