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Level Up Your Outdoor Kitchen with a Well-Planned Lighting Design

If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor kitchen on your property, you appreciate the atmosphere and function this feature can bring. Having an outdoor kitchen will make any backyard inviting, this will allow you to enjoy a new level of outdoor entertaining. Even in the case of winter, folks find themselves using the outdoor kitchen to enjoy and entertain. An outdoor kitchen to enjoy and entertain. An outdoor kitchen is a great way to charm guests while grilling a meal, all throughout the year.

Some seasons may keep homeowners from using their outdoor kitchens, especially after dark. Without the proper outdoor lighting, you risk losing the use of this outdoor space after the sun sets. In the winter months, it can be a challenge to grill dinner outdoors when the sun is setting at 5 pm.

Outdoor lighting is a crucial component to any outdoor kitchen. As a matter of fact, it's quite simple to bring year-long functionality to an outdoor kitchen by incorporating a variety of lighting elements. These are some of our favorite outdoor kitchen lighting ideas that can take your space to the next level. 

Counter and Bar Top Lighting 

Adding LED strip lighting under the edge of your counter and bar top, not only looks impressive, it adds a soft glow and ambiance. 


We also recommend installing lighting under cabinets to illuminate countertops and inside dark lower cabinets. This additional lighting will not only offer practicality, but it will also lend to its beauty as well. 

Outdoor Task Lighting  

Chopping, grilling, and serving will be much easier when you optimize the kitchen lighting to meet your needs. If you want to be able to clearly see what you're cooking and how it's coming along, it's imperative that task lighting is positioned above your grill. This way your meal will turn out exactly as you planned. 

If you are fortunate enough to have a covered outdoor kitchen, you can position lights on the beams or ceiling overhead. This will also serve to illuminate your cooking area. 



With the sun setting earlier in the day, who doesn't love hosting a party under the moonlit sky? If the moon doesn't want to cooperate, downlighting can easily step in to fill the void. 

Lighting your outdoor kitchen or entertaining spaces with the right amount of ambient lighting will achieve both function and beauty. We like to nestle down-lighting high above in the trees to cast a soft glow of light over the entire space. 


Bistro Lighting 

If you want a more festive vibe, we like the look and feel of bistro lights. But remember, it is important to invest in high-quality bistro lights, as opposed to inexpensive versions found online or in home improvement stores. Professional outdoor bistro lights are equipped with LED bulbs and UV-protected cords that should last up to 20 years. Learn more about our bistro lighting here

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Another advantage to a professional bistro lighting system is that they are dimmable. This allows you to change the mood of your party right from your smartphone. You are in complete control of the ambiance you wish to set.  

Are you looking for a professional lighting design? 

If you are looking for a professional to help with your landscape lighting installation, request a consultation here! Let our designers create not only a functional property, but one that highlights the beauty of your home even at night. 

At Landscape Lighting Pro, the art of outdoor illumination is a real passion we work to perfect. Designing elegantly bespoke landscape lighting systems is simply all we do. For over 15 years, our award winning team of designers and craftsmen have striven to bring the best outdoor lighting experience possible to people's homes and businesses across the Wasatch Front & beyond. 


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