With the right lighting setup your backyard can become a whole different place. Setting up your lighting design can easily be done with a wide selection of both functional and aesthetic lighting fixtures. Pick light fixtures that go along walkways and on top of your posts to illuminate the area for easy navigation. You can even get grill lights to help you see while you're having a late night get together with your friends. Place stair lights strategically into the vertical riser to make it safe for your visitors and family. You can even go so far as to purchase low voltage or even solar powered lights to save yourself a bundle in electricity charges.
The first place to start is by taking a good inventory of what you have to work with. Look into the color of the wood and the design of the deck, your deck furniture and what the primary use of the deck is to get a clear picture of what will work best for you when it comes to lighting the space. As an example if your yard has a walkway from the deck out to your garden placing lights along it not only makes it look really good, but it adds to the functionality of the walk as well as the safety of your yard. Deck lights go beyond just entertainment; they can also be used to extend your relaxation as well as an area to spend more time on a hobby project.
Deck lights are designed to handle the elements and be used for long periods of time, so you have no need to worry about the bulbs burning out prematurely. They run cool so there is no need to be concerned about them getting to hot if you happen to leave them on all night.
Even though it is unlikely that you want to work out on your deck into the late hours of the night with the right lights it is possible if you want to. It is much more likely that you will be using it for entertainment and relaxation. You need to understand that hobby and working lights are much different than the ones you would normally use in an entertainment area. That is why it is so important to really think about what you want from the deck before you buy any light fixtures. Think about how the light will affect the people using it try to avoid creating a glare or a blinding light.