With the recent heatwave, it is becoming more and more convenient to have an outdoor space for food preparation. Most homeowners have a grill as a minimum and these range from a small, simple propane or charcoal grill to expansive, multi burner grills with side burners and outdoor counter space. Proper outdoor lighting when it’s time to cook is essential, and as the days get shorter, this will be even more important.
Here are some ideas from Nite Time Décor Oakville on how you can incorporate some outdoor lighting for your outdoor cooking spaces that can dramatically improve your enjoyment of the food preparation and dining.
Overhead Grill Lighting
Placing a light above your outdoor grill is the best place to start. In order to cook properly on a grill it is essential to be able to see what you are cooking to make sure it is done before it’s removed from the grill. An overhead light is the best way to get enough light to cook properly on your grill.
Your overhead (or task) lighting should be fairly bright with a true white light in order to see what you are cooking accurately. It’s also helpful to have this light on a separate control or a dimmer so that when the cooking is done you can have the right ambiance for a truly enjoyable dining experience.
Dining Area Lighting
The lighting needs for an outdoor table are much different than the task lighting for food preparation. An outdoor dining area should be lit well enough to encourage conversation, but not so bright that it’s uncomfortable. Finding that right balance can be tricky and vary for different groups. We often install dimmers to make the lighting options more versatile and adjustable.
One common solution for the dining area is an outdoor ceiling fan with speed controls and lights with dimmers. The fan can help to keep those unwanted pesky mosquitoes and flies away.
Accent lighting can help to create the right ambiance in the dining area. Some ideas include under-counter lights. Some LED tape lights just under the edge of a counter can be a very appealing effect. String lights can also be used as accent or general lighting for that outdoor bistro feel. Wall sconces can also be added to highlight attractive outdoor architecture and add to the overall lighting plan.
An outdoor cooking and dining space is wonderful this time of year. Not only do you get to enjoy this fabulous warm weather, but you can keep your house cool by cooking outside. Proper lighting for this outdoor space will make it attractive and welcoming for your guests as well as making food preparation more enjoyable and easier.
If you are considering adding lighting to your outdoor space or if you are just designing your outdoor cooking and dining space and are looking for help with your lighting design and installation, contact the professionals at Nite Time Decor Oakville. Our experts can help you design a space that you will want to enjoy over and over again!
Once you have decided to add landscape lighting to your home or business property, you may find yourself debating whether or not to hire a company to help you. Perhaps you are having trouble reconciling the added cost of having a professional give input on a design and completing the installation. Here are a four reasons why we think hiring a professional will pay off in the end and make you glad you never went DIY.
Our designers have extensive experience on a large variety of projects. We understand what’s essential for your outdoor lighting and will help you realize your dreams for lighting those outdoor spaces while keeping your budget in mind. We understand what works well together and what doesn’t. We are able to see the overall project and we understand how smaller changes affect the big picture. We work with you to help personalize your system with your own sense of style, while showing you the available options each step of the way and making suggestions that will help bring the whole system together into one cohesive lighting design.
Our designers and installers are trained in working with electricity and electrical systems. It only takes one wrong move when dealing with electricity and you are dealing with damage to the equipment and wiring or worse to you or a loved one. Understanding how to work around other utilities means we know who to contact for proper locates and how to design and work around them safely without compromising your vision for illuminating those outdoor spaces after dark. Safety for everyone is a priority for us before, during and after the installation of your outdoor lighting system. We also understand electrical code and inspection requirements and will work with the local authorities to ensure all required permits and inspections are completed.
For the average homeowner, fixture selection is limited to what is available at the local hardware store. This is not the case for us as a professional lighting designer and installer. We have access to many different high quality manufacturers and suppliers (some unavailable in big box stores) and can help you choose not just an adequate fixture for each space, but the fixture best suited to the aesthetic, budget and lighting requirements for that space. With us, your options are endless when it comes to available fixtures and styles.
Warranty and Maintenance
We stand behind our work and will work with you until it’s done to your satisfaction. We are eager to help you understand the programming and regular maintenance of your system. We are here for you long after the installation is complete. Having a good maintenance plan and ongoing support is value that cannot be replaced when installing your own outdoor lighting system.
Those are just a few of the many benefits of hiring a professional landscape lighting designer and installer to help you with your outdoor lighting project. Contact us at Nite Time Decor Oakville to get started today!
Landscape lighting has many benefits for both business and homeowners. Outdoor lighting enhances your property’s natural and architectural beauty, increases security and safety, and creates a warm and inviting atmosphere for you and your guests. A well planned design can accomplish all of that and more.
But maybe your fixtures are starting to look a little outdated or worn. Maybe you need an update on some fixtures. Where do you start? Things have changed significantly over the past few years when it comes to styles and lighting technology and it may be hard to make sense of all of the information that is out there. Here are a few ideas that may help you to determine how to upgrade and update your existing lighting system. A small change, properly done, can have a significant impact on your landscape lighting system.
Have a look at the style of your existing fixtures. Is it still the look you are seeking? Updating the style of the fixtures can make your lighting system look fresh and current. New fixtures can also upgrade the performance of your existing outdoor lighting.
If you’re updating your outdoor fixtures, maybe it’s time to convert some of them to LED. This can be done by replacing the existing halogen or incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs on some newer fixtures, or by investing in new complete LED fixtures where LED bulbs are not compatible. LED bulbs are typically brighter, have longer life expectancy, and are very energy efficient.
Please be sure to review the owner’s manual and manufacturer recommendations for your fixtures before you replace the existing bulb with a LED bulb. If you are unsure, it may help to have an outdoor lighting expert review your existing fixtures and provide you with advice on what would be required to complete a LED conversion.
It may be that you have done some renovations, adjusted your landscaping, or changed the exterior of your home. This is an excellent opportunity to review your outdoor lighting design and make any adjustments that you would like. Have a look at your current lighting system at night and take note of anything that you feel is not adequate or performing as you’d hoped it would. This is the best place to start.
If you are not sure about how to proceed when it comes to reviewing your current outdoor lighting system and design, hire our professionals for the most current trends and products available within your budget. This is also a great time to expand an existing design. Have some great security and exterior lighting, now it’s time to treat your back yard or that new garden.
The outdoor lighting experts at Nite Time Decor Oakville have extensive experience in the landscape lighting industry and would love to bring all of that experience to help you meet all of your outdoor lighting goals for your property. We can provide design advice, fixture selection advice and even do the installation for you. Contact us we would love to meet with you to discuss all of your outdoor lighting needs.
Who doesn’t want to expand their living space outdoors in the warm summer months? Let Nite Time Decor Oakville help you light up your patio and go from blah to ahhh in no time at all!While aesthetics are important, outdoor lighting from Nite Time Decor will also improve safety and security for your family and guests.
Where To Start?
Decide on your focus. Do you have an idea of the kind of look or feeling you want to create with your outdoor space at night? Do you want outdoor lighting to mimic natural moonlight, provide functional lighting for cooking or reading, or just a calming glow to relax to in the evening? This little bit of research and thought will help you create the look and feeling you’ll enjoy for years to come.
An Urban Dramatic Chic Feel
Under lighting is one way to light up your patio with flair. With LED lights, you can choose from a variety of colours that compliment what’s already there in your house or garden. Anything that’s stationary on your patio can be lit up from underneath with under lighting. Consider the patio itself with a string of perimeter lights under the edge. Lights under stair treads, railings, benches, planters, gazebos or ponds are all popular options. This lighting allows for ambiance that’s subtle but effective and also provides safety for guests by highlighting trip hazards.
Mimicking Natural Light
Natural outdoor lighting is very popular right now. Some favourite options include Tiki lamps, a gas-powered fire table, and moon lighting. Each of these will create a different feel for your patio. Uplighting placed among the foliage of nearby gardens can create interesting shadows and flickering lights at night. If your patio has trees nearby, placing down lights high up in the tree so the light shines down on the patio through the leaves is a great romantic lighting option.
Create An Otherworld Feeling
Wish you could step into your own oasis on your patio every night? With the right outdoor lighting from Nite Time Decor Oakville, you can achieve a mystical and enchanted space you’ll want to relax in and invite all your friends to experience. Small fairy lights hidden in foliage provide a soft glow hinting at magical gatherings. Moonlighting is also a great for mimicking that full moon experience every night of the month regardless of cloud cover.
Wrapping trees with lights isn’t just for Christmas. In the summer evenings, this can lend a romantic and magical feel to a patio space. Add some twinkling lights to potted plants around the patio or deck to shimmer and wink as the evening wears on. String lights amid table top decorations provide low light perfect for late night chats. If you have a pool, underwater lights can lend a magical glow to the water you won’t be able to resist playing with the water sprites late into the evening.
Begin constructing your perfect patio oasis with outdoor lighting services from Nite Time Decor Oakville. Receive your complimentary quote to start planning today!