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Patio lighting tips for hospitality venues

Author: Richard Bevan
Published: September 4, 2017

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A well-lit patio area has the potential to transform a bland outdoor area into a functional space that attracts and inspires guests throughout the summer months. However, achieving patio perfection requires balance - over-lighting a patio can ruin the ambience, while insufficient lighting can prove underwhelming and leave guests wanting more. Here are some top tips for making the most out of your venue’s patio.

Outdoor lighting starts… indoors

Indoors may seem a strange place to start when planning the lighting for an outdoor space, but it’s important that the two areas complement one another and are consistent with the venue’s overall look and feel. If a guest has enjoyed a relaxing meal in the relative calm of a restaurant, the last thing they want when they step outside for a drink is to be dazzled by overly-bright lights. Conversely, having bright lights inside of an establishment can result in excessive reflections on windows and patio doors, impairing guests’ view of the patio area outside. Thinking about how indoor and outdoor spaces work together helps to ensure a harmonious lighting set-up throughout an entire venue.

Function meets form

Patio lighting exists primarily to provide illumination, but that doesn't mean it shouldn’t be stylish too. Introducing feature lighting is a great way of ticking both of these boxes, whilst simultaneously injecting some creativity and character into an outdoor space.

Using string lights to highlight key features around a patio area, such as bushes or statues, can work brilliantly, while fairy and festoon lights interwoven amongst trees, trellises, and pergolas helps to create a chilled out atmosphere that guests will love.

Hidden wall or ground lights offer a discreet way of illuminating a patio area and are extremely durable. Capable of withstanding the weight of people - and even cars - ground lights are a great option for lighting paths and walkways, or framing patio edges. These lights can also be positioned to highlight walls and other external key features of a premises. The Konstsmide LED Ground Light is a popular choice due to its stylish aesthetic and storm-resistant IP68 rating, which makes it invincible against even the worst of the British weather.


Low walls are a common feature around patio and decking areas, and offer an excellent opportunity to introduce an extra level of lighting. Installing ground lights on top of, or in the side of, low-level walls not only helps to provide illumination at low levels, it also helps to prevent unwanted trips and falls.

Having a patio area where guests can enjoy the warm summer evenings is an extremely valuable asset for any restaurant, bar or hotel. Therefore it is crucial to ensure that your patio is perfectly lit so your guests make the most of this space and use it to its full potential.

If you’re still looking for inspiration to help you light your outdoor patio area, then please contact us today!