Post-cap lights are readily available and simple to install. Depending on post spacing, however, they may not fully light longer stairs.
Figure 1: Deck lighting should provide enough light for safety and ambiance, but not enough to read by.
Figure 2: The easiest lighting to install is solar powered. Although the caps can look great, the light from the LED bulbs may seem cold.
Figure 3: Transformers aren’t much to look at, but a good one is the heart of any low-voltage lighting system. Look for stout lugs, a replaceable fuse, and taps at multiple voltages to balance the lighting.
Figure 4: LEDs last a long time, consume little power, and work well in solar-powered fixtures. However, they typically have a blue cast that some clients find off-putting.