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How to Prepare Your Patio for Outdoor Entertaining

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you can prepare your patio for outdoor entertaining. Your patio is the perfect space to host family and friends during those warm summer evenings! However, the party doesn’t have to stop once the sun goes down.

In this blog post, ARC Electric Company will discuss some of our favorite lighting options for patios. We have you covered whether you are looking for a traditional look or something more modern. Keep reading to learn how you can enhance the beauty and safety of your backyard patio this summer!

Pathway Lights

One of the most important things to consider when lighting your patio is safety. You’ll want to make sure that there is enough light so that your guests can see where they are walking. Pathway lights are a great option for this. They can be placed along walkways and stairs, providing a safe and attractive way to light up your patio.

In addition to making sure your guests are safe, pathway lights can also protect your home while you’re away. Setting up your pathway lights to turn on when they detect movement can help keep intruders away, adding some extra security to your property.

String Lights

String lights are another popular option for patios. They provide a warm, inviting atmosphere that is perfect for entertaining. Plus, they are relatively easy to install yourself! String lights can also highlight specific areas of your backyard, so if there’s a particular spot in your backyard that you want to show off to your guests, string lights will illuminate that space. Adding string lights to your patio will allow your guests to stay outside after the sun goes down.


If you are looking for something more unique, consider using spotlights. These can be directed towards specific areas or objects on your patio, such as sculptures or plants. If your backyard has a garden, spotlights are a great way to highlight this area, especially at night. The placement of the spotlights can bring your plants and trees to life, creating a magical appearance that will wow your guests.

Fire Pits

There’s nothing better than sitting around a fire pit with friends and family during the summer. This is the perfect time to relax, laugh, and enjoy the outdoors. The fire itself will create the perfect amount of light for everyone to see each other. Fire pits are perfect for entertaining without putting in too much effort – all you have to do is add a few chairs for your guests to sit and grab the ingredients to make s’mores!


If you want to add some light and fun decor to your backyard patio without breaking the bank, candles are a great option. You can use your creativity to display them on tables or any other stable surface however you’d like. You can also use flameless candles that will create just as much light, but without the risks of using real flames. If you are choosing to use real candles, we urge you to be extra careful about placement to avoid any guests accidentally knocking them over. Also, you should always be sure to blow them out at the end of the night. If you think you might forget, set a reminder for yourself on your phone!

Now that you have some ideas about preparing your patio for summer entertaining don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need any type of outdoor lighting installation! ARC Electric Company wants you to feel safe in your backyard this summer while also having fun with your guests. So, give us a call at (704) 286-0447 for all of your patio lighting needs.