If you’re like me, there are always projects to do around the house. There’s one particular project I have wanted to do for some time but exactly how I was going to do it always stumped me, and that was how I was going to add lighting to my deck and walk-way around to our back porch area. Our neighborhood friends often come over to hang-out and let the kids play together. We do not have much lighting on the outside of our home, and when our neighbors left at night, they had to carry a flashlight to navigate around the pool decking, through the back fence, and around to the front of the house. A hot item on my “Honey Do List” was to figure out a way to better light the back area.
The BL600 LED Deck Marker Lights featured in the past, along with the BL700 series of Sensor Activated lights (will talk about in the next post), are what I used for this project. These products allowed me to install lighting on the handrails, steps, and other obstacles around the deck and pool area for visitors can leave at night without worrying about tripping on something…or worse, falling in our pool!
I’ve written several times about a very Innovative company named Exodus Innovations. They are the driving force behind the manufacturing of the Carlon LED flameless candles that have become so popular, especially over the holiday season. In case you’re not familiar with these candles, they are flameless, battery operated candles. They feature an LED bulb that never gets hot and will virtually last forever. Not only do these candles look extremely attractive, they are very intelligently designed. For instance, these were one of these first candles ever designed that had the ability to set the switch to “flicker” mode. Flicker mode enables the LED bulbs to flicker like realistic flames flicker. Not only can you set the candle to “on”, which has a constant burn, you can also set it to “flicker” mode using a selector switch on the side of the candle. There are models that feature a warm, orange-color bulb and also models that have the popular white burning bulb. They added a photosensor sell to the candles that enable them automatically to turn off at dawn on at dusk. The sensors manage the candles, and a common install of batteries should last you the entire holiday season.
Xodus has done it again with their BL 600 and BL 700 series of deck lighting. The BL 600 series of deck marker lights are powered by LEDs, turn on at dusk and off at dawn, and are great ways to mark obstacles and provide nice landscape lighting. They not only serve a safety purpose by providing guides or marking for potential obstacles (like deck rails) they also provide a nice decorative effect.
The unique feature about these products is the patented low glow technology, developed by Jenesis International. “Low-Glow” is a technology that allows their lighting products to emit a low LED glow at any desired time, but using very little power. A great example of the use of this technology is in the BL200 that we featured in the previous post. Low-glow technology is how the pushbutton has a warm, glowing light (or halo effect) around the actual push button on the product. The warm glow allows users to easily locate the button in a dark environment.
If you have a path, obstacle, deck railings, steps, or another obstacle, the BL600 series of LED lights are great ways to mark the path and safely guide you or your visitors. These products are easy to install using the supplied mounting bracket or double sided tape. Once mounted on the desired surface, the lighting unit slides off the bracket for power management and user settings.
These deck marker lights also feature a photocell that automatically turns the lights “on” at dusk and “off” at dawn. This feature provides power management to the light, and coupled with the low glow technology, enables these lights to guide you for approximately one year on three AA batteries.
Below is a brief video that highlights the features of these lights, and also provides mounting instructions:
Although the video is good, it does not do the product justice. Frankly, you have to see the product in real-life, in action, to appreciate it’s quality and featuresThe BL 600 series of deck marker lights are available in three colors. Aged Bronze, Antique White, and Aged Nickel are all available for purchase on the 1800doorbell.com store. They are manufactured by Xodus Innovations and have one year warranty.