Specialty lights can cost a
lot more than the standard plastic spike-base lamps. Because of this,
many people modify the cheaper units to serve other purposes. To do
this, first cut off the spike-base with a hacksaw.
To install a modified light
on a deck, bore a wire-clearance hole through a deck board. Then feed
the low- voltage wire through this hole and attach the base to the deck
with screws. The same technique can be used to install modified units on
planters or railings.
Many different specialty
lights are available for use on a wood deck. This model mounts directly
on the surface and the wires feed through an access hole under the
light. Other lights that are thinner, but mount the same way, are
designed for the underside of stair treads. These light up the stairs
and reduce the chance of people stumbling in the dark.