If you’ve ever hosted a party at your waterfront property, then we don’t need to tell you how dark it can get, in addition to how hard it can be to distinguish your dock from the actual water in the dark.
Good dock lighting can completely transform the way your property look. Moreover, it’s a part and parcel of your property’s value. The better the lighting, the higher your property value.
However, matching your dock lighting to your home’s aesthetic can be a bit tricky without a couple of ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Keep on reading to learn all about the top dock lighting ideas. Then, we’ll take a quick look at the benefits of going solar when it comes to your residential dock lighting.
The Ultimate Dock Lighting Ideas
When it comes to lighting types and placements, the only limitation is your imagination. From placing your lights underwater to using piling lights across your dock, let’s take a look at what you can do.
Integrate Flush-Mounted Lights
If you’re looking for a minimalistic look to your dock, then placing flush-mounted lights in your dock is the way to go.
Generally, these lights will be practically invisible during the day, as they’re installed flat (or rather “flush”) with your dock’s surface. Therefore, they’ll be unnoticeable until they’re turned on at night. In addition, they’re one of the safest types of lighting that you can use for your dock, as they’re designed to be walked on.
You might be familiar with flush-mounted lights already if you’ve seen (or used) them for outdoor stairs.
Set up Piling Cap Lights
If you’re looking for a perfect merger of aesthetics and safety for your private dock, you’ll want to check out piling cap lights.
These lights give off a lovely ambient light that’s gentle on the eyes, yet provide enough light for you to see your dock in its entirety. A great option for piling lights is going solar. They’re quite straightforward to install and they come in a plethora of shapes and sizes.
Furthermore, if you’re worried about your piling rotting away or having birds nesting, you can rest assured that the solar caps will provide a solid layer of protection to your piling lights.
Add Underwater Lights
Nothing adds a touch of mystery more than underwater lights. If you’re aiming for a dreamy waterfront aesthetic, then adding underwater lights around your dock can elevate the whole look.
When it comes to the type of lights you can use, go for low-voltage LEDs, which is the safest option. Moreover, if you happen to enjoy fishing as an amateur or you’re a pro angler, you’ll love using green LED lights, as they tend to attract fish. This way you can have a whole bounty to fish at your leisure or just watch all the fish that will come calling.
Also, if your waterfront property is surrounded by other docks with their own boats, these underwater lights can be of immense help when you’re steering your boat to the right dock.
However, keep in mind that you’ll need additional lights like piling lights to properly illuminate your dock.
Wharf Lights for a Nautical Ambiance
Sometimes you’ll want to host events or have gatherings in the morning. And what’s prettier than a row of wharf lights? These added fixtures can be considered more decorative than the other types of dock lighting. Yet, they can truly add a whimsical touch to your dock.
Moreover, you’ll have to keep an eye out on the metal finishing of these fixtures. They must be made with high-quality metal that is resistant to rust and corrosion.
Neighbor-Friendly Motion-Activated Floodlights
Keeping your dock bright enough to see clearly without blinding your neighbors all night is a bit of a balancing act.
However, by installing motion-activated floodlights or piling lights can ensure that your dock will go dark when there’s no movement, then will light up whenever you’re back after a night of boating. This way you can rest easy knowing that your dock will be brightly lit for everyone to dock safely with minimal disturbance.
The Benefits of Solar Dock Lights
Before we begin, let’s address the common misconception regarding the affordability of solar power. When it comes to dock lighting, solar lights are way easier to install with minimal (or no) wiring for you to worry about. Yet, before singing the praises of solar lights, you’ll have to make sure that your dock gets enough sun.
If your dock doesn’t get enough sunlight, unfortunately, you’ll have to go the traditional route of wired lights.
On the other hand, if you get enough sun exposure, then solar lights are perfect for you. They’re easy to install, rather affordable, and they come with the great perk of not consuming electricity and adding to your electric bill.
In addition, they’re much more environmentally friendly and will last you a very long time. Unlike wired lighting, solar lights won’t have physical wires that can wear and tear as time goes by.
Ready to Light up Your Dock?
We know that it can be a bit overwhelming at first to look at all the different dock lighting ideas and fixtures. However, once you have a specific style and budget in mind, picking the right dock lights can truly level up your dock in both aesthetics and safety protocols.
Hopefully, now you’ve learned about the different types of dock lighting fixtures that are available to you. Are you ready to spruce up your dock?
If so, you might want to check out these tips on how to use outdoor solar lighting for your dock. Our blog is full of other tips and tricks that will help you achieve the dock of your dreams.