20 Gorgeous Outdoor Lighting Picks to Brighten Your Backyard or Balcony

20 Gorgeous Outdoor Lighting Picks to Brighten Your Backyard or Balcony

Katie Holdefehr
Jul 26, 2016

Light up the night with lanterns, sconces, and string lights that look as beautiful decorating your backyard during the day as they do glowing in the evening. Equal parts pretty and practical, several of these lamps are solar powered, use energy-efficient LED bulbs, or double as speakers. With these lights glowing, there's no reason to head inside when the sun sets.

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This vintage-inspired take on classic string lights uses Edison-style light bulbs to cast a cozy glow on an outdoor party. Edison-Style String Lights, from $25 for a 10-bulb stand, from Cost Plus World Market.

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A portable speaker and light in one, this go-anywhere lantern lets you control the brightness and play music from any Bluetooth-connected device. Uma Sound LED Table Lamp, $479, from Pablo Pardo at YLighting.

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This glowing orb is the ultimate pool party accessory—the LED light can be placed on the patio or allowed to float on top of the water. Globe LED Indoor Outdoor Lamp, $299, from Smart & Green at YLighting.

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Punched iron shades add old-fashioned charm to this strand of string lights. Stargazer Garden Trellis Lights, $88, from Terrain.

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Foldable, durable, and solar-powered, this cube light can be left out to charge during the day and will light up your outdoor space all night. SolarPuff, $30, from the MoMA Store.

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Designed to look like bulkhead lights on a ship, these nautical-inspired string lights belong at a beach house or lobster boil. Nautical Cage String Lights, $14 for 10-light strand, from Save on Crafts.

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A rounded light with two brightness settings and six handle color options, the Balad lamp is as practical as it is adorable. Balad Garden Lamp, $123, from Fermob.

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Turn any outdoor space into a dreamy garden by hanging these flower-shaped string lights overhead. Metal Flower String Lights, $10 for 10-light strand, from Target.

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Equipped with tiny bluetooth-compatible speakers, what looks like a classic strand of string lights doubles as an outdoor sound system. Bluetooth Speaker String Lights, $50, from Urban Outfitters.

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A brilliant solution for lighting your outdoor feasts, this circle of LED lights snaps right onto the umbrella pole, no cords or power chargers needed. Umbrella Marquee Lights, $100, from Crate & Barrel.

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These yellow and mint lanterns will add a sculptural touch—and a soft glow—to your patio party. Marco Small Yellow Lantern, $17, from CB2.

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A modern take on the classic barn light, this wall sconce will make you feel like your relaxing on a front porch, even if you're in an urban backyard. Factory Modern No. 4 Sconce, $199, Schoolhouse Electric.

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This stylish pendant sconce filters light through both frosted and clear glass, giving a muted, romantic glow to a front entrance or back patio. Quentin Pendant Sconce, $239, From Restoration Hardware.

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Let this pair of hanging metal lanterns with etched glass windows set the tone at an outdoor dinner party. Pair of Hanging Lanterns, $68, from Brook Farm General Store.

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This trio of solar-powered swirled glass lamps adds a gentle glow to an outdoor balcony. Solar Tealights, $25 each, from Uncommon Goods.

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Glazed on the inside in your choice of 13 different hues, these ceramic string light shades give a garden a whimsical vibe. Disc String Lights, $230, Pigeon Toe Ceramics.

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Clean lines and a burnished silver finish make these lanterns a stylish addition to a modern backyard. Silver Lanterns, from $13, from Jamali Garden.

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With a seeded glass globe and a steel cage, this wall-mounted light blends cottage charm with industrial chic. Wall-Mount Outdoor Lantern, $35, from Home Depot.

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Clear glass panels let you peek at the Edison-style bulb inside this wall-mounted outdoor sconce. Arrington Outdoor Wall Light, $100, from Lamps Plus.

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This 12-inch lamp, available in 10 finish options, including the pretty copper look above, will brighten up your deck or balcony even when it's not turned on. Carson 12" Wall Scone, $299, from Rejuvenation.

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