Wired Lighting Vs Solar Lighting

Shane Chapman / Backyard Building Expert

Shane Chapman

Backyard Building Expert

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Picture this: a tranquil evening, a gentle breeze, and the soft glow of lights illuminating your outdoor deck. Not your speed? How about a starlit sky overhead, the sound of laughing and glasses clinking, and the twinkle of deck lighting setting the stage for a lively gathering?

The beauty of outdoor space lies in its ability to provide a peaceful escape from the ordinary, if you're looking to tailor the look and feel of your deck as twilight unfolds this blog will serve as your guiding light!

When it comes to adding accessories to your deck your options are limitless, no matter the aura you want your deck to project, an addition that will always supplement that is deck lighting! But with so many lighting options, honing in on a specific one can be a daunting task. In this blog post, we will break them into two broad categories; Solar lighting, and Wired lighting, and explore their pros, cons, and unique features.



Wired Lighting

Wired deck lighting gives off an undeniable sense of sophistication and elegance. With secure installation and customizable features, they have the power to transform your deck.


Design Flexibility 

Wired lighting offers a world of design flexibility and artistic detail, allowing you to shape and sculpt your outdoor space with precision and finesse. With wired connections, you can place them almost anywhere you envision. Whether you desire subtle uplighting to accentuate architectural features or a dramatic downwash of light to highlight pathways, wired lighting lets you create a visually captivating landscape with deliberate placement.

This dynamic control enhances the ambiance, allowing you to transition from a vibrant social setting to a serene evening retreat effortlessly. 

Reliable Performance

Low-voltage wired lighting just works. No worrying about batteries dying, or cloudy days, or lights late into the evening.


Wired lighting presents an extensive array of fixture types, sizes, and styles. From elegant sconces and recessed lights to post caps and string lights, you have the power to curate a harmonious ensemble that complements your outdoor décor and personal taste.

They also allow you to plan complex lighting schemes that envelop your deck, pathways, garden, and other outdoor elements. This holistic approach ensures a unified and harmonious aesthetic throughout your outdoor space




Installation Complexity

Low-voltage lighting can be very DIY friendly and easy to install, but more complex projects may require professional assistance.

Initial cost

While wired lighting offers long-time value the upfront cost can be higher. More complex designs in the lighting and fixtures, along with the labor cost for professional installation can add up to a hefty price tag compared to Solar lights.




Solar Lighting

Next up is Solar lighting– a brilliant unison of practicality and eco-friendliness. From effortless installation to customizable features, solar lighting offers a stylish yet sustainable way to redefine your outdoor ambiance. Let the sun power your evenings, as your deck and garden radiate a natural and inviting glow, seamlessly merging modern innovation with the power of nature.


Easy installation

Installing solar lights is remarkably simple and does not require extensive wiring or professional electrical work. This eliminates the need for potentially costly installation services and allows homeowners to set up their lighting systems quickly and independently. The only consideration is to make sure they are placed in a spot with direct sunlight.

Energy efficiency 

Solar lights harness the power of the sun to generate electricity, making them highly energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. They don't rely on grid electricity, which can lead to lower utility bills and a reduced carbon footprint.

Another important point is their operational independence, since they aren't reliant on your power grid they can be used in remote locations where wiring may be difficult to install and can be used during power outages and emergencies.

Cost Savings

While there is a large variety of Solar lighting options, some with higher upfront costs than wired lighting, generally speaking, they are the cheaper option. Over a period of time though, they are definitely cheaper as they need minimal maintenance and don’t contribute to your power bill.



Light intensity

If you require powerful illumination for tasks or specific design intentions, solar lights may not provide the level of illumination you need. They may not be as bright as wired lighting options, affecting their suitability for certain purposes.

Dependence on sunlight

Solar lights rely on sunlight to charge their batteries, in areas with frequent cloudy or rainy weather or during the winter months with reduced daylight hours, solar lights may not get enough light to operate consistently.

Design options

While there is a wide range of solar lighting designs available, you may find the variety to be more limited compared to wired lighting. This can restrict your ability to find fixtures that perfectly match your deck's aesthetic or desired lighting effects.


Deck lighting isn't just an accessory; it's an ambiance enhancer, a mood setter, and a design element that shapes your outdoor space. As you explore your options, from the elegance of wired lighting to the sustainability of solar, remember that your deck's transformation is within reach. Whether you're drawn to the sophistication of wired lighting or the eco-friendliness of solar you can curate an atmosphere that's uniquely yours-ready to welcome you to evenings of beauty and tranquility.

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About the Editor...

Shane Chapman // Backyard Building Expert

Shane Chapman, President and Co-Founder of The Ultimate Deck Shop, is a seasoned expert in the deck building industry. A former award winning deck builder (Fresh Decks), he now leads Canada’s top destination for backyard building materials.

Shane is committed to simplifying the shopping experience, providing exceptional customer service, and empowering both DIYers and professionals with his expert advice.

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