Electrical Wiring for an Outdoor Kitchen

electrical wiring for an outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular, and what’s not to love? Whether you like to entertain, enjoy grilling a meal for your family, or want to increase property value, an outdoor kitchen has a lot to offer. Being sure that your outdoor kitchen is planned properly can help you enjoy it for years to come. In this blog, we’ll discuss electrical wiring for an outdoor kitchen.

Electrical Outlets

While planning electrical wiring for an outdoor kitchen, it’s important to consider the location and type of electrical outlets you will use. Are you going to install a mini-fridge near your grill? Do you use a blender or food processor often? How about just having the ability to plug in a small fan near the grill? Planning enough electrical outlets in the right locations can make the use of your outdoor kitchen easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable.

While you’re planning where to put the outlets, be sure to consider the type of outlets you want to install. It’s a good idea to put the outdoor kitchen on its own GFCI circuit board inside your house. If you need to reset the system, it will be far simpler to reset it from indoors than to crawl behind an undercounter appliance to reach a buried outlet. An experienced electrician will know the codes inside and out and can help you make sure your kitchen will be both safe and comfortable.

Lighting

Having enough lighting is another important consideration when planning the electrical wiring for an outdoor kitchen. Of course, if you plan to use your grill after dark, you will need lighting at your island or bar. Your kitchen probably includes seating, so having enough lighting in your seating area is also important. Dimmable lighting is useful, because you can adjust the lighting to meet your needs, while still being able to enjoy the stars.

Ceiling Fans

If your kitchen includes a covered seating or cooking area, you may want to consider a ceiling fan. Of course, standing over a grill can get hot. Couple that with the humid Indiana summers, and you’re bound to need a way to cool off. An electrician can help you plan for, wire, and install a ceiling fan that can be used for lighting as well if desired.

Electrical Wiring for Outdoor Kitchens from White’s Electrical

No matter the size or needs of your outdoor kitchen, White’s Electrical has got you covered. From the practical planning stage, to custom design, to installation and maintenance, there is no job too big or too small for our licensed electricians.

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Outdoor Lighting for the Perfect Patio

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Summer is nearly here, which means we’re firing up the grill and spending more time outdoors. Just like we put a lot of effort into curating the perfect décor inside our homes, many of us pay special attention to the details of creating just the right outdoor living space. Yet, what often seems to go overlooked when designing our ideal outdoor space is how to keep it cool during those hot summer days, and well-lit during the beautiful starry nights. At White’s Electrical, we can help make the outdoor lighting choices to make your backyard living and dining area perfect.

Ceiling Fan Installation

If you have a sunroom, screened-in porch, or even a covered porch, having a ceiling fan installed is a great way to increase air flow and help keep your covered space a comfortable temperature. Make sure to put your fan in reverse for a downward airflow to effectively cool your outdoor living space during the warmer months. Having ways to cool your covered outdoor living area can make all the difference in the comfort and amount of time you can spend there. The licensed electricians at White’s Electrical can help you choose and install the fan that would best meet your needs.

Patio and Yard Lighting

Choosing the right lighting for your outdoor living space can extend the amount of time you are able to be outside, and make that time more enjoyable. With so many different styles, sizes, colors, and placements, lighting fixtures can have a dramatic impact on your outdoor living space.

Lamp Posts and Sconces

Some of the most popular outdoor lighting options include more traditional options such as lamp posts and lanterns or sconces attached to the home. These can not only be useful during the summer months when you’re spending time outside, but can be used year-round to light walkways and other outdoor areas.

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String Lights

Simple string lights are an option that is gaining in popularity that is not only easy to install, but can help create an intimate, romantic ambiance. They can easily be strung from beam to beam on the patio or around the edge of doorways, just like you would hang Christmas lights. Be sure you’re using string lights safely, though, and only use extension cords approved for outdoor use. If temporary lighting such as string lights are your choice, you may want to have a GFCI outlet installed on your patio. This can help prevent circuit overload and lower the risk of electrical hazards.

Outdoor Lights on a Dimmer Switch

Depending on the mood you’re looking to create, choosing to have outdoor lighting installed that can be dimmed with a dimmer switch may be a good option. Being able to control the amount of light put out by just one fixture gives you the ability to easily change how brightly or dimly a light is shining on your dinner party.

No matter what mood you want to create in your outdoor living space, White’s Electrical can help you make the right choices on outdoor lighting to fit your needs. From lamp posts, GFCI circuits for outdoor lighting, or outdoor lighting on dimmer switches, White’s Electrical can do it all.