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An outdoor dining area at night, with deck lights and lights in the garden bed


Installing deck lights can completely transform the look and feel of your outdoor space. It will create a warm, fun and inviting atmosphere at night, while making the area a lot safer for you and your guests. Installing deck lights may seem like a big project, but it's actually something you can do yourself.


1Make a lighting plan

First, draw a sketch of your deck. Then, work out where you want your lights to go on the boards, including any steps.

2Measure and mark

Take measurements of your deck, so you know how many lights you'll need. Then, mark out where your lights will go, spacing them out evenly.

3Choose your lights

Before you purchase any deck lights, work out what type of lighting you want. Choose softer, warmer lights for some ambience or add some fun with colourful lights.

4Remove boards

Once you're ready to install the lights, you need to remove the boards on your deck. This is so you can reach inside and install and connect all the lights. We've got a modular deck, so we're taking off the whole panel.

5Drill the holes

To drill your holes, choose a spade drill bit that matches the size of your deck lights. It needs to be about 2mm wider than the light. Then drill holes in the marks you made on the boards.

6Insert and connect lights

Now, insert the lights into the holes and connect all the cords at the back of each light. Then, connect the end of the cable to a power source. You'll need to get an electrician to do this for you.

7Replace boards

Screw the decking boards back into place and you're ready to power up and enjoy your new deck lights.

8Light it up!

We have plenty of outdoor living ideas to complement your new entertaining space.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.