Lighting not only illuminates your deck, railing, and yard, but it also sets the mood and increases the ambiance in your home. So when the sun starts to set a little earlier in the evening, it’s time to think about how you can step up your LED lighting game so that the nights feel just as warm as they did during the summer. Thankfully, RDI’s chief railing expert Joe is here to help. He’s revealed a few of his secrets for how to turn your RDI railing and LED lighting up a notch this fall.
Conceal Under-Rail Lighting Wires
If you have Avalon aluminum railing and under-rail lighting, there are a few simple things you can do so that wires don’t distract from the aesthetic. Our method of concealing the wires during installation prevents the LED lighting strip from getting damaged, while giving your railings a seamless look. As you’ll see in the video below, the beautiful glow of the under-rail lighting is all you’ll see when you’re done.
Upgrade Your Railing’s Post Caps
LED solar lighting post caps are one of the easiest things to add to upgrade your railing. With so many styles, they’re a subtle change that can make a big difference in your railings. However, if you happen to be using smaller posts on your deck, like the 3.4-inch Titan Pro Rail posts, you may be wondering if you can install post caps since they’re most likely 4 inches in size. Well, you can—with a simple modification. Joe shows you just how easy it is in the video below.
Calculate the Right Wattage for LED Lighting
Did you know that the RDI transformer is 50 watts? That means you can easily hook up several LED lights around your deck and railing to just one transformer. All it takes is a little bit of math.
First, know the wattage of your LED lighting. Here’s a breakdown of RDI’s LED lighting products and their wattage:
- Side stair LED light: 0.4 watts
- Flush deck LED light: 0.4 watts
- Contemporary post cap LED light: 0.8 watts
- Aluminum railing LED post cap light: 1.6 watts
- Under-rail light strip: 3.0 watts (about 0.25 watts per 1 inch)
Once you know how much wattage each of your railing’s lights consume, you can calculate how much wattage you need. Divide the wattage of the transformer by the wattage of the light—that’s how many you can connect.
For example, you could hook up about 125 side stair or flush deck lights, 62 Contemporary post cap LED lights, or 31 aluminum railing LED post cap lights. Or you could mix and match to have a combination of all of these lights—as long as the wattage equals 50 or less, you’ll only need one transformer. See how it all comes together in the video below.
Pair Your LED Lighting Bluetooth Transformer to Your Phone
The last thing you’ll want to do after a long day is get up to turn on all the lights around your deck. Stay seated and easily control your LED lighting from the palm of your hand by pairing your Bluetooth transformer to your smartphone. It’s as simple as downloading the SmartPower50 app and then following the directions on the screen. Watch Joe pair his device to a Bluetooth transformer so he can easily locate his libation in the video below.
LED lighting can transform your deck and yard, especially when the sun sets but the fun is still in full swing. These tips and tricks will help you impress your guests and enjoy your RDI railing more than ever before.