This steps in this project will allow you to build a basic outdoor cooking area.
For path lighting to your deck, buy a low-voltage kit with lights on stakes that stab into the ground. Wires run from the lights to a transformer that plugs into an outlet. Easier yet are solar-powered path lights. A solar panel charges an internal battery, so these lights don't need wires. They don't produce a great deal of light, though.
On-deck lighting requires planning, especially if some (or all) of your fixtures are recessed. Recessed lights require some extra work, but the results can be dramatic.
Add up the wattage of the lights you are installing and purchase a transformer with a built-in timer that will deliver adequate power. For example, eight 18-watt lights and five 20-watt lights add up to 244 watts. A 250-watt transformer will handle the load, but won't allow you to add more lights in the future -- something you're almost sure to do. Buy a transformer with 20 percent more capacity than you initially need.
About eight hours to wire and install lighting on a 12x16-foot deck, depending on the lighting plan
Tape measure, hammer, cordless drill, jigsaw, screwdriver, wire stripper, diagonal cutters, crimpers
Measuring, cutting, drilling, fastening, cutting and stripping wire
Determine light locations
Low-voltage fixtures and wire, cable staples, GFCI receptacle