The Best Outdoor Patio Lights to Brighten Up Your Space

They say lighting is everything, and I couldn’t agree more. The right lighting creates the perfect ambiance, sets the mood, and adds the finishing touch to any space. Even after the sun sets, our outdoor spaces deserve just as much attention as our indoor spaces when it comes to beautiful lighting.

Feeling overwhelmed by all of the options out there? Don’t worry—I’ve curated this collection of the best outdoor patio lights to help you illuminate your outdoor areas with ease.

There are so many ways to make an outdoor space whimsical—whether that be a statement-making pendant over an outdoor table, string lights hung in the garden, or petite votives peppered throughout a table to deliver delicate candlelight. I have no doubt that with the right lighting you will be on your way to a magical backyard escape. From the best string lights to the best outdoor lanterns, I’ve got you covered.

Summerland Outdoor Bell Pendant

A piece that was designed to make a statement. This rattan pendant will bring light and airy coastal charm to any space.

Manor Glass & Iron Sconce

Lantern style outdoor lighting is a tried and true favorite. This glass and iron sconce is both beautiful and classic.

Havana Hurricane

Beautiful alone, but even better when displayed as a pair. Add these rattan hurricanes to your outdoor living space for texture, style, and a little glow.

Moravian Start Pendant

A little bit mystical, this star pendant is sure to add a bit of sparkle to any space. It’s perfect to place anywhere you want to draw they eye to.

Island Wrapped Hurricane

Layering in hurricanes with other outdoor living pieces adds dimension and visual interest. Hurricanes with flickering candles are a creative and beautiful way to illuminate dark pathways.

Black Metal Lanterns

When I think of outdoor lighting, black metal lanterns are the first thing that come to mind. You can never go wrong with the classics.

Pacifica Outdoor Sconce

How beautiful would these look flanking french doors, or providing light over a beautiful outdoor living setup. Sconces provided subtle beauty and functionality, both indoors and out.

Portable Outdoor Lantern

An elevated take on the classic camping lantern. Perfect for trips to and from a bonfire, or even pretty enough to use as outdoor tabletop lighting.

Aptos Shell Hurricane

Whether near or far from the sea, this shell hurricane will add just the right amount of coastal charm. The strands of petite tropical shells add great texture, and will look beautiful while filtering the light of a candle.

Globe Outdoor String Lights

Dainty outdoor string lights are the best and easiest way to add just the right amount of light to an outdoor space. They make ordinary patios and porches seem romantic and magical.

Island Wrapped Votives

I’m including tabletop lighting because it adds the finishing touch to a space, especially when entertaining. Dining al fresco accompanied by the flickering light of candles makes backyard barbecues and summer dinners feel all the more special.

Muir Outdoor Pendant

This pretty pendant is an easy way to add some color to your outdoor living area. How gorgeous would this be hanging in a gazebo over a large outdoor table?

Soft Glow Outdoor Flicker Candle

For all your outdoor lantern and hurricane needs! These outdoor candles mimic the soft glow and flicker of real candles—without the mess and worry.

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  1. A very different kind of soft glow outdoor flicker is the metal one. Metal tapers are often held together by magnets or some other kind of quick-release mechanism (like a snap-cap). You’ll need to hold the candle close to the metal when using this type of candle because, at night, its light will spill out into the surrounding area (so only use your hand if you want to make sure that your fingers don’t get burned). The design of these candles (and their positioning) help prevent light from leaking into your home while still allowing enough light to reach all areas without being too bright. They are good for sitting outside because they can withstand better weather conditions than regular candles do (rain, snow, etc.).

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