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Outdoor Kitchen Lighting: Providing Beauty and Functionality

Summer is here which means the weather is perfect for enjoying time outdoors, both during the day and at night. Barbecues and get-togethers with family and friends are one of the best ways to spend these warm days and nights.

Sunlight shouldn’t determine how or where you spend your evening, so we’ve gathered some lighting ideas to help you get the most out of your outdoor kitchens and living areas! 

Outdoor Task Lighting

The best outdoor kitchen lighting will make your chopping, grilling, and serving easier. Outdoor task lighting placed above your grill or flexible lighting next to it will help you see what you’re cooking and help your meal turn out the way you planned!

If you have a pergola over your kitchen area, you can mount lights in the beams above, so they shine down on the grill. Flexible stainless steel grill lights are another option as well!

Counter and Bar Top Lighting

Much like outdoor task lighting for grilling and counter top work, LED strip lights can look great running under the edges of counter and bar tops.

It's also a good idea to install lighting under cabinets, counter tops, and inside lower cabinets where overhead lights don't quite hit. This gives your kitchen space a very functional, yet beautiful look and feel!

Cafe Bistro Lighting


Nothing says “party” like strings of festive cafe bistro lights. Strung from a pergola over your outdoor kitchen, they create instant fun.

Professional bistro lighting isn’t like the cheap strings you buy at a big-box store. High-quality outdoor bistro lights include LED bulbs and UV coated and protected cords that will should last 10-20 years! 

Professional bistro lighting is also dim-able, so you can adjust your lights as much or as little as you need to create the perfect atmosphere! Learn about our favorite bistro lighting here.


Who doesn't love a party under the moonlight? It’s a great mood setter, however the moon doesn’t always cooperate. We  can provide you your own "moonlight", with down-lighting.

Mounted high in the trees near your outdoor kitchen, or in the eaves of your home, downlighting offers a gentle wash of light over a large space. It is perfect for illuminating your outdoor kitchen or living area with just the right amount of soft light for function and beauty.


Don't forget the dimmers! Dimmers are great for setting the mood, and you can adjust the light as your daylight gradually fades. Even our bistro lighting is dim-able — and you can do the dimming with your smart phone.

Schedule a design consultation today!

If you'd like to learn more about how lighting your outdoor kitchen can enhance your outdoor living space, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment with one of our lighting designers, request a consultation through our website, or call our office at (801) 440-7647.

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