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on December 21, 2015

Tips for Choosing a Barbecue Light

When the weather gets warmer people start heading outdoors to fire up their grills for that annual holiday cookout or an evening meal. Even though summer gives us longer days, there are still those times when you may be grilling well into dusk or evening. Or, depending upon your geographical location, you may be able to enjoy year-round grilling which probably means you have cooked outside often after the sun has set (like me). When that happens, having a barbecue light to provide quality task lighting for your cooking area proves quite invaluable. Below are some features to think about so that you can make sure to get the most appropriate light for your outdoor grilling situation.


If you have an electrical outlet near your grill, you have the most options. An obvious choice is a plug-in barbecue light that plugs directly into the nearby electrical outlet. You could also select a hardwired light that is connected directly to the electrical wiring powering your outlet. This is also a choice if you have household wiring in close proximity but not a nearby outlet. If you select a hardwired grill light, we always recommend that you have it installed by a licensed electrician. If you do not have an outlet or electrical power near your grill, then an obvious and easy choice is a battery-powered option.

Light Source

Many barbecue lights use either white LEDs (light emitting diodes) or a halogen or xenon light bulb as their light source. LEDs give off light when electricity passes through them. Halogen and xenon lighting sources are similar to traditional incandescent light, except that a small amount of a halogen or xenon gas (e.g., bromine or iodine) has been added to the inside of the glass envelope of the lamp.

LED barbecue lights use very little energy, are inexpensive to operate, give off very little heat, and the LEDs have a very long life of tens of thousands of hours. However, depending upon your particular situation, an LED barbecue light may not provide as much light or as good color rendition as halogen or xenon. For example, halogen provides a crisp white light with excellent color rendition while most white LEDs provide light that is slightly bluish. When making your decision bear in mind that the xenon light bulb, and especially a halogen one, as well as the barbecue light fixture itself can become very hot while the LED one will remain quite cool.

Mounting Options

You can either clamp your barbecue light on the grill or mount it in a fixed location directly to your grill surface. Attaching a fixed mount light to your grill or outdoor cooking location provides an attractive and seamless look. If you would rather have ongoing flexibility and ease of installation, then select a barbecue light with a clamp. Usually the clamp of a clamp-on barbecue light can be attached to a shelf or wall that is 2 to 2.5 inches thick. In addition, some barbecue lights also include heavy-duty magnets that allow the grill lights to be firmly attached to a metal surface.

Durability and Style

Since you will be using your grill light outdoors, it is important that the fixture stand up to the elements. If your new light will be staying outdoors then select one that is made of solid die-cast aluminum or steel construction and ensure that is has a weather-resistant on/off switch. If you will However, do not sacrifice style for durability. Many of the barbecue lights that we offer have an attractive brushed metal finish. Moreover, some have flexible necks allowing you to direct light where you need it.

Now that you know the most appropriate barbecue light for your outdoor grilling location, please drop us a line so that we may join you at your next cookout.

Oh, and one more thing, usually any one of our barbecue lights can also be used as a work light at your workbench location. Dual use!