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The 16 Best Outdoor Lighting Ideas

From string lights to pendants to—yes—chandeliers, here’s how to add more light to your backyard.

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Nothing says summer like sitting outside under the stars around a fire pit—just because the sun has gone down, that doesn’t mean your evening has to stop. But at some point you’ll no doubt want more light than those stars (or that fire) can provide, though not nearly as much as those old floodlights on the back of the house that make you feel completely overexposed. Nowadays there is a plethora of chic, ambient lighting options to choose from—to make it easy for you, read on for ED爱博体育下载’s top choices and inspirations for the best outdoor lighting.

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1 String Lights
Amazon
Lampat amazon.com
$29.99
$19.95 (33% off)

爱博体育下载To add a romantic feel to your outdoor gathering, try stringing these lights across your backyard patio or deck.  You can use a weighted pole for support, or...

2 ...Hang Lights from the Trees
outdoor lighting in a tree
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You don’t necessarily need to buy a support pole or weighted flag from which to hang your string lights. Just look up—you can always use tree branches instead.

3 Twiggy Grid Outdoor Floor Lamp
Foscarini
Lightology lightology.com
$3,248.70

爱博体育下载Give your outdoor space the same feel as your living room by placing this floor lamp next to your seating area.  

4 Globe Portable LED Lamp
Design Within Reach
Design Within Reach dwr.com
$285.00

These ultra-cool globe lights can be strewn across your yard—or even set to float in a swimming pool!

5 Falmouth Outdoor Hanging Light
Circa Lighting
Circa Lighting circalighting.com
$499.00

Nothing is more classic than a lantern—this one would look great hanging on a porch or above an outdoor dining table.

6 Marietta Pendant Light
Y Lighting
Bover ylighting.com
$746.00

爱博体育下载These lightweight pendants can be hung from branches or from an outdoor structure like a pergola. Try hanging more than one to shed even more light on your space.

7 Flora Pendant
Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn potterybarn.com
$379.00

This pendant gives off a casual, island vibe—the rattan texture adds a natural element, while the rope cord is a chic nautical touch.

8 Needles Sconce
Urban Electric
Urban Electric urbanelectric.com
$4,274.00

This stylish outdoor sconce by ELLE Decor A-List designer Martin Brudnizki was inspired by acanthus leaves and would fit in seamlessly anywhere (but especially on a trellis overgrown with ivy). 

9 O Floor Lamp
Artemide
Artemide artemide.com
€1,195.60

爱博体育下载Bring a healthy dose of modern decor to your patio with this circular floor lamp by Artemide.  

10 Camouflage Sconce
Flos
Flos flos.com
$576.00

The aptly named Camouflage sconce by  comes in a variety of finishes, including a faux marble version that would practically disappear against an outdoor wall.   

11 Mix in Paper Lanterns with String Lights
illuminated paper lanterns hanging in the trees
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爱博体育下载You can reuse those holiday decorations by stringing them up alongside some hanging paper lanterns outdoors.

12 Foucault’s Orb Clear Crystal Chandelier
RH
RH restorationhardware.com
$2,995.00

Yes, you can爱博体育下载 have a chandelier outside. And if you’re going for it, then why not go all-out with this crystal option?

13 Sarafina Lantern Sconce
Coleen and Company
Coleen and Company coleenandcompany.com
$1,675.00

爱博体育下载For the traditionalists at heart, this beautiful brass sconce in a verdigris finish is a true home run. 

14 Pacifica Pendant
Serena & Lily
Serena & Lily serenaandlily.com
$228.00

爱博体育下载Try hanging these wicker globe-shaped pendants in a grouping—or even just one by itself—to give your outdoor space a real lift.  

15 Mast Light
Original BTC
Original BTC 2modern.com
$419.00

Ahoy there! Add a nautical note with this sconce by Original BTC. These are also great for lighting a pathway or pool area.  

16 Bell Jars with Hanging Lights
illuminated decorations hanging from tree in yard at night
Joseph Esquivel / Eyeem

For a fun, outside-the-box idea, try hanging bell jars with outdoor bulbs inside them. It’s a great way to reuse and recycle—and add more light at the same time.

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