As with any indoor space, adding certain amenities and features to your outdoor living space will make it more practical and attractive. To get the most investment out of your outdoor kitchen setup, you will want to consider adding features that increase its usability.
With a durable outdoor kitchen setup from Trex® Outdoor Kitchens™, you can easily add a variety of features to complement the design and enhance the functionality of your kitchen. In this article, we discuss outdoor lighting, a sometimes overlooked feature that is useful and important in any outdoor space. Lighting options will make your outdoor kitchen more functional – especially when daylight hours are reduced – or for summer parties that last into the night.
Benefits of Outdoor Kitchen Lighting
An outdoor kitchen with all the amenities should be as functional and attractive as an indoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchen lighting will expand the usability of your outdoor kitchen by reducing limitations on how frequently you can use it. With plenty of lighting in your space, you will not be restricted to using your kitchen during daylight hours only. Depending on the lighting options that you can choose, it can also be an opportunity to enhance your outdoor design.
In addition, lighting adds a ton of social and entertainment value to your outdoor kitchen. The lighting choices that you make can add value to your space by creating a fun atmosphere for cooking dinner and making drinks for family and friends. You can turn your outdoor kitchen into a fully functional entertainment center by enjoying social gatherings even after the sun goes down.
With plenty of lighting options on the market, you can choose any that best reflect your personal style and budget. Consider the options below or mix and match for a variety of purposes.
Recessed and Track Lighting
Recessed lighting is a modern, sophisticated choice for covered outdoor kitchens or an outdoor kitchen in a Florida Room. This type of lighting creates a streamlined look to your space. Track lighting is similar, but a bit more versatile, because the lights can be moved around on the tracks and aimed in different directions.
For an environmentally-conscious option, you can install solar lights around your outdoor kitchen. Solar lights are charged by the sun, with no electricity or batteries required. If your outdoor kitchen is on a deck, you can add solar lights to the railing and even along the stairs for an attractive glow.
String lighting is a subtle and inexpensive way to enhance the ambience of your space. It provides a relaxing atmosphere when spending your evenings outdoors. It can be strung up virtually anywhere in your space and is available in a multitude of colors.
Undercounter and Appliance Lighting
This type of lighting serves as a design element rather than a focal point. Undercounter and appliance lighting can assist with nighttime cooking and meal prep, although it does not provide the most visibility. This type of lighting is often available with multiple color options as well.
If your space is enclosed or has a covering, a light fixture in the center of the room is a great option to enhance the usability of your kitchen. You can even install a ceiling fan with a light fixture, which is a common summertime addition.
Consider an outdoor kitchen with a fireplace setup or another fire feature like a fire table or fire pit. Although fire features do not necessarily provide a lot of lighting, the warmth and ambient lighting make them popular for outdoor setups.
Choose Trex Outdoor Kitchens with Lighting Options
Choosing a brand like Trex Outdoor Kitchens guarantees a long-lasting outdoor kitchen that will withstand the test of time. In that regard, you will want to design an attractive and functional outdoor living space that you can enjoy for years to come. Outdoor kitchen lighting ideas are one important aspect to enhancing the features and usability of your space.
Our 304 or 316 stainless steel cabinets are engineered to last in all types of weather, even in cold climates. The variety of sizes and cabinetry types (base, appliance, wall, and more) gives you the versatility to include almost any outdoor appliance and amenity on the market. Choose from seemingly endless layouts and configurations for unparalleled freedom with your design intent.
This flexibility means you can incorporate an abundance of outdoor amenities and lighting options to add to the beauty and functionality of your outdoor living space. Coordinate the design intent of your lighting options with the powder coat finish of your kitchen, and you will be sure to design an attractive space that can be enjoyed day or night.
Incorporate lighting options in your outdoor kitchen for a fully functional and beautiful space that can be enjoyed day or night. There are a variety of options on the market to suit any style and budget, from string lighting to recessed lighting. By including lighting options, your outdoor living space will be a stylish area with a ton of entertainment value.
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