Taking the indoors out is a trend that is sticking around! While at first we were satisfied with lounging and playing outside, the rise of complete outdoor living has taken a stronghold. That means that outdoor kitchens are more popular than ever!
Outdoor kitchens are a great way to 1.) take the cooking outside during the hot summer months, allowing the house to stay cool and 2.) spend more time with family and friends during gatherings as you cook and entertain at the same time.
What’s in Your Outdoor Kitchen?
Outdoor kitchens feature a large variety of designs and appliances. Yours might include some combination of a stainless steel grill, griddle, deep fryer, refrigerator, full plumbing, a prep sink, a smoker and more. And you might enjoy a simple concrete countertop or you may have marble, granite, quartz or otherwise. Big, small, luxurious or rustic, your outdoor kitchen needs Wilmington outdoor lighting to complete the extent of its brilliant functionality.
Can you imagine, those burgers took a little longer to cook than you thought and the sun is setting on you? Or how about smoking? If getting tender, melt-in-your mouth smoked meat means getting a pre-dawn start and keeping the temperature just right, lighting can guide your way.
At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we have all the best lighting and custom designs to illuminate your outdoor kitchen just right.
Outdoor Kitchen Lighting Ideas
Today’s outdoor kitchens often feature vertical hardscape features. Stone surrounds and countertops of a variety of materials. We recommend adding hardscape lighting to your outdoor kitchen to provide the ambient lighting to guide your way. Whether they are under your counter to illuminate the area around, or under your bar top shining on your prep counter, hardscape lights will fit in seamlessly to your outdoor kitchen design.
Task lighting is vital to making sure your food is cooked to perfection. With spotlights shining right on your cooktop, grill or smoker, you’ll always be able to see if that steak is cooked to your preferred temperature. You’ll avoid over-cooking the veggies, and you’ll be able to see the seasonings you’re using to get the combination just right.
Depending on the expansiveness of your outdoor kitchen, you might be better off with a light shining from way above that illuminates the whole space. We offer a unique lighting technique called moonlighting, where we shine a light down from a nearby tree so that the light casts gently across a large space for overall visibility.
Deck and Patio Lighting
Wherever your outdoor kitchen is located, it is important to illuminate the surrounding entertaining space. We offer the best patio and deck lighting on the Carolina coast! From post cap lights, riser lights, and railing lights to festive string lighting and hardscape lights, your deck and patio should provide a fantastic place for your guests to hang out while you play chef!
At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, it is never too late to add lighting to your outdoor kitchen. We can install hardscape lights in your existing stonework and find ways to mount spotlights above your cooking surface. That being said, if you are currently in the design or planning stage, work with us now. Ideally, we can run conduit during construction and shorten your project duration. Call now! (910) 342-0040