The warmer weather provides a great opportunity for customers to enjoy their food, drinks, and the company of others while spending time outdoors on your restaurant patio.
If your restaurant patio stays open past sunset, you might want to consider the exterior lighting from your patron's perspective. Is there enough light for them to see the menu, what they're doing, and enjoy their food and drinks? What is the ambiance like on your patio?
Many restaurant owners can easily overlook outdoor patio lighting. Proper outdoor lighting is essential for the continued use of any restaurant patio after sunset. Not only does it make a dark patio space more usable and safe, but it plays a significant role in the overall feel and atmosphere of the dining experience.
If you want restaurant patio lighting that creates a wonderful dining experience for your guests and leaves a lasting impression, there's one option to consider: bistro lighting (also referred to as café lighting or outdoor string lights). Keep reading to learn why outdoor string lights are a popular patio lighting option for restaurants and how they can create the perfect ambiance for outdoor dining.
Creates a Unique & Inviting Atmosphere:
Bistro lights provide ample light for your guests to see and socialize, yet they are subtle at the same time. It creates the perfect balance as too much light can be overbearing. A landscape lighting designer can help you create a unique and inviting atmosphere that'll make your guests want to come back time and time again.
Wide Range of Style Options & Flexibility:
Regardless of the size or shape of your restaurant patio, outdoor string lights offer endless design patterns and configurations. This adaptability makes them ideal for all types of outdoor patios. The Edison-style bulbs have become very popular and offer a traditional, vintage look. You can also add a dimmer to allow for more control of the brightness. A lighting designer can help create a look that matches the style and ambiance you want to create.
Besides design and style flexibility, bistro lights also offer versatility on how you can use your patio space. The right bistro lighting design can properly illuminate your entire patio space from above. So, you'll have endless table configuration options to accommodate different event functions or group sizes. An affixed spotlight shining down onto tables can often limit your options.
Stand Out From the Crowd
First impressions are important to any dining establishment. Professional outdoor lighting plays a critical component in making your guests feel welcome, providing a wonderful outdoor dining experience, and leaving a lasting impression. Let the experts at McKay Landscape Lighting create an atmosphere that sets your restaurant patio apart from others in the market.
Many precut strands found at big-box retailers can limit your design options, are made from lower-quality materials, and do not create the desired lighting effect. The experts at McKay create a design based on your restaurant's unique needs and style, strands are tailor-made to your design using high-quality, architectural grade products, and when you need service, we'll be there too. Low-voltage LED landscape lighting also provides restaurant owners with significant energy-saving benefits.
Why add bistro lights to your restaurant patio?
In summary, outdoor string lights give a casual attitude to outdoor dining and are a popular restaurant patio lighting option for a variety of reasons:
- Creates a unique and inviting atmosphere with enough light for your guests to eat, drink, and socialize after sunset
- Customized design patterns and configurations to fit the patio shape, size, and style
- Even illumination from above allows for various table configurations for different events, functions, and groups
- Add a dimmer to control brightness and set the mood for any occasion
- Strands tailored to fit your custom design for the perfect look, spacing, and ambiance
- Low-voltage LED lighting offers energy saving benefits
- High-quality, architectural grade products can withstand the elements
- Stand out from the crowd and leave a lasting impression on your guests with proper patio lighting
Schedule Your Free Design Consultation Today
If you would like to learn more about how bistro lights can transform your patio into a unique space customers enjoy and sets it apart, schedule a free consultation online with one of our outdoor lighting designers today. We'll set up a time to meet and discuss your restaurant patio lighting needs.
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We’ve been in the landscape industry since 1987, becoming a dedicated outdoor lighting firm in 1992. Our experienced lighting team provides the expertise and experience needed to light your outdoor space for both beauty and security. Our goal is to provide the highest quality, custom lighting
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