Outdoor kitchens are a trend that has only grown in popularity over the last few years. As a result, there is more demand for new and innovative landscape lighting ideas to make it easier to see what you’re cooking and create an overall atmosphere that is pleasant and inviting to your family and friends.
The good news is that you have plenty of options to choose from when you need to find some exciting and effective lighting techniques for your outdoor kitchen. Here are some of the most popular choices you might want to consider for your home.
Consider the Elements
Any lighting you plan to install for an outdoor kitchen must be designed and built to withstand any precipitation that might fall. Homes that live in regions of the country that see the lowest levels of rainfall are more likely to have an outdoor kitchen, but even these areas are going to see some type of moisture.
So be sure you’ve got lighting that can handle any type of wet or damp conditions. The type of kitchen you have installed and any type of overhang that might exist can have an effect on whether you choose lighting rated for wet locations or rated for damp locales instead. There is a difference and an important one that must be considered for outdoor lighting.
No matter if you decide to install outdoor led lighting or more conventional alternatives, you want to be sure that the lighting you choose can be controlled. The best way to do that is through dimmers. Just because the kitchen is outdoors doesn’t mean you should skimp on the atmosphere.
Bright lighting is ideal for placing over the areas where you cook and prep your food. But once that part is done, you probably don’t want to eat under a spotlight. With dimmers, you can have the best of both worlds. Your lighting will be bright enough for you to see what you’re doing as you cook, ensuring that meat has been cooked to the proper temperature and your vegetables expertly finished, and you can then turn down the lighting to give the dining area a little atmosphere to set the mood just right.
Sufficient Power Load
Any type of outdoor landscape lighting is going to require the proper power resources necessary to accommodate all of your fixtures. It’s no different with outdoor kitchen lighting, in fact, it’s even more important to consider the number of circuits you plan to utilize to handle the assorted loads that will be require sufficient power.
We’re talking about more than just your lighting. Kitchens have electrical appliances that will also need to be fully accommodated and installation multiple circuits ensure that the appliances and the lighting are given enough juice. This is also helpful in delineating the power between the appliances and the lighting because of the frequency at which the appliances are switched on and off.
Your lights may not experience such frequent operation in short periods of time. Having designated circuits for the appliances and the lighting keeps everything working when you need it most.