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Enhancing Landscape Lighting Systems with Bistro Lights


Bistro Lights are all the rage

In recent years, outdoor living spaces have become an essential component of modern homes. Homeowners are increasingly embracing the idea of creating a harmonious blend between their indoor and outdoor areas. As a result, landscape lighting systems have undergone significant transformations to create inviting and comfortable environments after dark. Among the various trends in outdoor lighting, low voltage bistro lighting has emerged as a popular choice. These photos and essay explores the growing trend of low voltage bistro lighting within landscape lighting systems and its impact on outdoor living spaces.

This condo living space is in Seattle near Gas Works Park.

  • Defining Low Voltage Bistro Lighting

Low voltage bistro lighting refers to a type of outdoor lighting that utilizes low voltage electrical systems, typically 12 volts, to create a warm and cozy ambiance similar to that of a bistro or café. This lighting style involves stringing together a series of lights, such as string lights or pendant lights, to provide gentle illumination and add a touch of elegance to outdoor spaces. 

This bistro backyard is in N. Seattle.

  • Versatility and Flexibility

One of the primary reasons for the surge in popularity of low voltage bistro lighting is its versatility and flexibility. These lighting systems can be easily customized to fit any outdoor living space, regardless of size or shape. With a wide range of lighting options available, homeowners have the freedom to create their desired atmosphere. Whether it’s a small patio or a sprawling backyard, low voltage bistro lighting can be adapted to suit various settings.

This backyard bistro dining area is in West Seattle.

  • Aesthetic Appeal

Low voltage bistro lighting has an undeniable aesthetic appeal that instantly enhances the visual appeal of outdoor living areas. The soft glow emitted by these lights creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, encouraging people to spend more time outdoors, even after sunset. Whether used to illuminate dining areas, walkways, or lounging spaces, the bistro lighting style adds a touch of sophistication and charm to any landscape.

This outdoor living space is in North Seattle.

  • Enhancing Outdoor Dining Experiences

One of the most prominent applications of low voltage bistro lighting is in outdoor dining areas. The gentle illumination provided by these lights sets the stage for memorable dining experiences. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a gathering of friends and family, the warm ambiance created by bistro lighting fosters an intimate and cozy atmosphere. The hanging string lights or pendant lights suspended above dining tables not only illuminate the space but also serve as an attractive focal point.

  • Extending Outdoor Living Hours

Low voltage bistro lighting also extends the usability of outdoor living spaces beyond daylight hours. With strategically placed lights, people can enjoy their gardens, patios, or decks long after the sun goes down. This trend has been particularly beneficial for those who lead busy lives and may not have the opportunity to enjoy their outdoor spaces during the day. Bistro lighting helps create an inviting environment that beckons individuals to relax and unwind outdoors.

  • Installation and Maintenance

Another advantage of low voltage bistro lighting is its versatility and ease of maintenance. These lighting systems can be installed without the need for extensive electrical work since they utilize low voltage transformers.  Since the bistro lights come on with the landscape lighting system, most of our clients request a low voltage dimmer to control the bistro lights with specific brightness and to also have the ability to turn them all the way off if desired. Low voltage systems are energy-efficient, resulting in lower electricity bills and reducing the environmental impact.

This rooftop bistro is located in Ballard. 

  • Integration with Smart Technology

As technology continues to advance, outdoor lighting systems are keeping up with the trend. Low voltage bistro lighting can be integrated with smart technology, allowing homeowners to control their lighting remotely. With the use of smartphone apps or voice commands, individuals can adjust the brightness, set timers, and even change the colors of the lights, providing them with unparalleled convenience and customization options.

This bistro and fire and deck bistro display is in North Seattle.


The rise of low voltage bistro lighting in outdoor living spaces has transformed landscape lighting systems into an essential element of modern home. We have many bistro lighting clients in all of the surrounding cities including Woodinville, Bellevue, Medina, Renton, New Castle, Redmond, Lake Forest Park, Clyde Hill, Yarrow Point, Renton, Edmonds, Mercer Island and Kirkland. All of the bistro photos displayed are 12V.  Note: Bistro can be also installed in 120V LED. 

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