Of course, if you have an outdoor kitchen area as well, you’ll want to install some outdoor kitchen lighting. With the right lighting, cooking outdoors after sunset, obviously, becomes easier. If your outdoor kitchen is covered, consider an outdoor ceiling fan with a light fixture, which will provide airflow and light. Luau style torches now come in composite materials, steel and copper. Some are solar powered with long lasting LEDs.

There are many, many configurations in regard to outdoor lighting. Search: “outdoor lighting”‘ “outdoor kitchen lighting”, bbq lights”, etc. You may have to be a little creative in the kitchen lighting ideas area, especially if your outdoor kitchen isn’t covered, but it’ll be worth it to have a little more focus, mood and ambience out there!


Sometimes an outdoor light fixture goes out, or doesn’t come on when the switch is flipped, but the bulb is still good. Lots of times, especially in humid areas, the problem is rusty or corroded contacts. First, turn off power to the fixture at the breaker box then take the light fixture apart just enough to see the socket, wires and contact screws. If there is rust, unscrew the 2 screws (one at a time) holding the wires to the fixture and remove the crud with emery cloth or sandpaper. A spray with automotive-ignition sealer will guard against future moisture.

If this isn’t the problem, check the switch (especially if it’s on an exterior wall). If rust is present or if the insides appear corroded, do the same as above or replace it.

Whether your kitchen is indoors or outdoors, the best kitchen lighting ideas keep function in mind above all else. It really is amazing what simple lighting can do!

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