Outdoor Kitchen Lighting Ideas
If you’re fortunate enough to have one on your property, you understand the magic of an outdoor kitchen. An outdoor kitchen makes any backyard naturally inviting, while unlocking a whole-new level of outdoor living opportunities. Even during the winter, many people find themselves using an outdoor kitchen to entertain. They’re the perfect spot to entertain guests or grill a meal throughout the year.
Unfortunately, while seasons may not stop homeowners from using their outdoor kitchen, time of day might. Without proper outdoor kitchen lighting, you risk losing this functional, valuable outdoor space after the sun goes down. It’s hard to grill up a couple of tasty steaks when the sun sets at 5pm!
Lighting is essential for outdoor kitchens. In fact, it’s very simple to create great ambiance and functionality for your outdoor kitchen with simple lighting concepts. Here’s a look at some great outdoor kitchen lighting ideas and how they can shed light on outdoor living after dark.
Add accent and functional lights
Tired of changing burnt-out lightbulbs in your outdoor kitchen? Try one of the LED lighting schemes from TouchStone Lights. Our LED outdoor kitchen lights last up to 25 times longer than halogen lights and 50 times longer than traditional incandescent lights. The long lifespan of LED lights reduces strain on the environment and eliminates the time you spend swapping out bulbs.
Of course, superior function doesn’t matter if the result isn’t eye-pleasing. No worries: LED lights rise to the task beautifully!
LEDs come in a wide range of sizes, styles and colors, and there are a massive selection of outdoor lighting fixtures that go beyond the everyday. Try movable grill lights that illuminate essential areas, overhead trellis lights that add sparkle to any occasion, or BBQ island lighting that gives your grill the spotlight it deserves. And, that’s only the tip of the iceberg!
Keep energy costs down
In today’s energy conscious climate, low-voltage outdoor kitchen lights are the gold standard. Not only are they good for the environment, low-voltage lights tend to cost less to operate by lowering your monthly utility costs. You get all the illumination you need to enjoy your outdoor kitchen long into the night, without racking up an energy bill that makes you feel guilty about time spent entertaining outdoors.
Though they consume less power, these low-voltage lights are second to none in their illumination capabilities. When placed around your property, low-voltage lights create charm in any outdoor dining and cooking space. Use low-voltage path lighting to define the perimeter of your outdoor cooking area, sconce up-lighting to case broader illumination, or gentle overhead lighting if your outdoor kitchen is under a second-story deck.
Low-voltage lighting gives you the best of all worlds: illumination, cost-efficiency, and an environmental way to enjoy the environment.
Embrace the prospect of custom design
As they begin to plan outdoor kitchen and grill lighting, many shoppers become overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available. Buyers overlook potentially-viable options because they’re tired of shopping, and they don’t get that far. The result is an outdoor space with lighting fixtures that look generic and uninspired. But it doesn’t need to be this way!
Outdoor kitchens offer so many opportunities for custom outdoor lighting. It pays to work with a professional who can make recommendations about where and how to best-illuminate the different areas of your outdoor kitchen. At TouchStone, we not only offer lighting solutions specific to outdoor kitchens—we also offer lighting design services that bring custom illumination solutions to every outdoor kitchen.
- Functional lighting to maximize the versatility of your outdoor kitchen.
- Ambient lighting to illuminate the depth of your kitchen space.
- Different fixtures and light intensity, to set the mood for the space.
- Lighting settings, to utilize some or all the lights on a circuit.
Custom-designed outdoor kitchen lighting ideas are often the best investment, because they’ll illuminate your outdoor space in the way it’s meant to be lit. Cast a spotlight on your big, beefy BBQ grill or add a soft glow to your prep space—whatever it takes to make your kitchen functional, inviting and safe after the sun goes down.
The best part? Working with a team of lighting design professionals takes buyer fatigue out of the equation. You get the best lighting solution, without untold hours of shopping around.
Embrace the future
If your outdoor kitchen or outdoor barbecue lighting isn’t up to par—whether it drains your bank account or leaves you unimpressed—it’s time to make a change. An LED or low-voltage lighting setup can dramatically enhance your outdoor experience, even as it saves you money. Choose better, more affordable lighting, custom-coordinated for your outdoor space. Don’t let your home’s outdoor kitchen go to waste!