Okay, so you have a great outdoor kitchen and patio, but no lighting. It’s an absolute must to have task and decorative lighting. Not only does outdoor lighting enhance the backyard cooking experience, but it adds security to the property.
What’s the best way to go about that? Lights can be strung along the back entrance of the home, near the kitchen area, or even secured between tree limbs. Multiple ground spotlights can highlight areas of yard like the garden bed or show off textures of a cement wall. The dining area requires bright, task-oriented lighting. Often a big disco ball style lamp or even neon lighting can be used for lower ambient lighting.
And don’t be afraid to bring in some mood lighting. Free standing outdoor lamps from Shady Lady and Olympia offer durable weather-resistant table and floor lamps. Another option is the use of vintage antique oil lamps or tiki torches. The Maui torch from Buytikitorches.com is the most popular of this brand. It has a brass oil lamp that provides great secondary lighting and stands up to all kinds of weather. Burning citronella oil in these torches can also ward off bugs and mosquitoes.
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