Irish pub lighting ideas

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Irish pub lighting ideas
The green shamrock should be lit somewhere in your pub, designating that it is an Irish establishment. (shamrock image by Olga Khoroshunova from

Irish pub lighting combines functional, ambient lighting with the festive spirit of Ireland. Proper lighting is a crucial factor to any pub or bar design, but theme lighting plays an important role in setting the mood for an Irish pub. The lighting showcases and personalises the festive atmosphere of an Irish pub.

Ambient Task Lighting

Ambient lighting should blanket the establishment with luminescent tones and appealing hues of orange. Task lighting is especially essential for effective and functional bar service and safety. A clock with neon lights will clearly display the time for pub employees and visitors to see. Narrow foot traffic areas, including entrances or hallways, should be well lit but not overwhelmed with light. Overhead ceiling fixtures, wall sconces, recessed lighting and pendant lighting can provide ambient lighting for different areas of the bar. All of these lighting styles can be paired with a mirror to create the illusion of a larger space and reflect more light.

Decorative Lighting

Bar decorative lighting can often be functional lighting as well. An overhead ceiling fixture can display popular Irish beer logos like Guinness, George Killian's and Smithwick's while still providing ambient lighting to the space. Bar cabinet and shelf green lights provide a decorative Irish pub touch and brighten up the shelves for easier access to bar bottles and glassware. Classic neon signs displaying an Irish shamrock, Irish beer logo, Irish whiskey logo or the words "Irish Pub" are decorative lighting staples for an Irish pub.

Novelty Lighting

Novelty lighting is where the theme of an Irish pub can be brought to life. Novelty lighting for an Irish pub includes a string of shamrock lights, a neon Irish flag and Celtic-inspired lamps. Novelty lighting ideas for St. Patrick's Day, likely the most popular day for the bar, can include a large and funky hat displaying lit-up shamrocks or green-glowing necklaces for all patrons to wear.


Take your Irish pub's appeal back a few centuries when pubs were lit only by candles. The candles set an old-time mood and are warm and inviting. Of course, candles are a fire hazard, so use the candles as decoration on tables only and not as your main light source.

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