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Ten Patio Lighting Ideas Sure to Sparkle

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Spotlight on style! With summer just around the corner, the thrill of outdoor entertaining and relaxing on the patio is becoming front-of-mind. Transform your back deck or al fresco dining space into an extension of your home with our sleek and modern outdoor lighting picks, and let the summer vibes sink in.

Wall Lights

Outdoor wall fixtures are a simple way to distinguish your style and balance and outdoor space. From back patio barbecue areas, to front door entryways, lighting helps to create outdoor ambiance, boost your enjoyment of your outdoor space, and offers a layer of safety to your property. Wall sconces offer an effortless solution to bring touch of style to your home, while optimally highlighting entryways and outdoor entertainment areas. Make use of open wall space to add a lovely bronze lantern-style sconce to light your back patio staircase, or choose an openwork frame option to offer the most light and set the mood for an ideal evening under the stars.

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Step Lights

Designed to seamlessly blend into your outdoor architecture, while providing a source of light to ensure safety at every step, outdoor step lights are a simple addition to your stairways and walkways to enhance outdoor space, transforming them into areas for dining and entertaining well into the night. Essential for exterior stairways, step lights highlight any subtle changes in elevation that can be difficult to navigate at night. With styles from sleek and contemporary to clean-lined and traditional, our selection of step lights provides you a variety of options to suit your lifestyle and illuminate your high-traffic outdoor areas with ease.

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Path Lights

Adding both practical and visual appeal after dark, path lights and bollards are an essential addition to your exterior lighting design as they are specifically crafted to illuminate walkways and safely direct the flow of traffic. Ideal for both large and small landscape settings, path lights are typically easy to install and offer huge curb appeal. Highly functional and statement-making at the same time, options should provide that crucial downward lighting to properly illuminate all paths to your home. Whether you are looking for a light that blends in with your landscaping during the day and stands out at night, or a solution that acts as an exterior design piece 24/7, our selection of outdoor path lighting is sure to bring inspiration and peace of mind to any space you call home.

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Post Lights

As if providing an introduction to your home, post lights are a statement-making outdoor lighting choice ideal for flanking a path or stairway to welcome guests and family members alike. For an effortless elevation of your outdoor space, choose from modern or contemporary lighting fixtures with faceted glass diffusers to provide a sparkling touch. Or, if you’re interested in a more subtle addition, choose steel posts with sand-blasted cylindrical diffusers for a softer look. In order to create the most energy-efficient outdoor experience, choose fixtures with LED bulbs or compatibility whenever possible. These bulbs will save energy, money, and last longer (meaning more enjoyment and less work!) Warmer, dimmer bulbs are ideal for most outdoor settings as they will comfortably illuminate your space without creating a harsh contrast between lit areas and the dark that surrounds them.

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Portable Lamps

Create a layered, structural look on your back patio or deck by adding a variety of portable lamps to not only light up your space, but create conversation-worthy ambiance all season long. Whether vintage-inspired or contemporary and new, portable lanterns offer a versatile and easy way to update and elevate your outdoor oasis. Cluster several different sizes together to craft an easy dining table centerpiece or dot several around your outdoor area to ensure guest spaces are comfortable and well-lit. Choose sizes and shapes that blend well with your decor and optimize the space you’ve got and you’re well on your way to building the perfect summertime escape.

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Outdoor String Lights

Evocative of outdoor parties and nights of fun and frivolity, string lights can both enhance and elevate a space or create a cool and casual atmosphere that twinkles with style. String lights are an excellent and effortless way to create a faux ceiling of stars above your cozy patio dining set or craft your own lighting vignette by wrapping around tall trees or potted plants for a laid-back vibe. If your outdoor space just so happens to have a pool, small pond, or fountain, don’t underestimate the power of the reflective qualities of water. Adding lights above or adjacent to the water’s edge will cast a subtle glow that flits across the mirror-like surface, creating a memorable backdrop for an elegant evening at home.

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Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Let’s face it, we don’t all live in a waterfront locale where seaside breezes bring a burst of refreshment to our outdoors spaces. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t create a comfortable and airy spot that is all your own. Outdoor ceiling fans are as much a piece of decor as they are a functional tool for accentuating your patio space and bringing much-needed relief from the summer heat. Circulating air and ensuring your outdoor hang out is as cool as can be, ceiling fans can often be the finishing touch on a screened-in porch or covered patio. Choose a banana leaf-like wood finish for a tropical vibe or go industrial with an aluminum wide-set fan to cover a larger surface area and bring the breeze to you. Now all that’s left is whipping up a batch of your favorite margaritas and enjoying your own patio paradise for months to come.

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Outdoor Chandeliers

Chandeliers instantly elevate any space, while also providing an anchoring spot for a dining table or seating group. From upscale traditional to breezy coastal-chic, outdoor lighting should be compatible with the look and style of a home, providing a sleek and cohesive finishing touch. Think about the space you are looking to light-up, taking into consideration the size of the space, and how you would like to designate your areas. Larger sputnik chandeliers, with multiple lights are ideal for an overhead conversation starter, while pairing, smaller globe chandeliers together in one space can bring the brightness you need, with a modern flair. Just be sure your fixture is wet-rated for open air spaces or damp-rated for covered patios to ensure your overhead accents are ready to withstand the elements.

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Outdoor Pendants

Outdoor lighting should always be as visually stunning as it is fully functional. Outdoor pendants are a simple way to update or refresh a space and bring instant beauty that compliments the outdoors. For smaller patios and outdoor spaces, one or two pendants should balance out the space and provide enough direct lighting for a dining area or seating space. For large spaces, try clustering several pendants together at varying heights for an eclectic, layered look. Looking for more? There’s no need to stop at just one type of lighting! Balance out your space or create a bold and bright ambiance with the addition of small directional lights, string lights, or sconces, to complete the look.

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Outdoor Flush Mounts

Shed some light on your outdoor dining destination or patio retreat while accentuating your surroundings with semi-flush mounts. Typically smaller in size, and designed to provide downward, direct lighting, this luminary is ideal for smaller spaces with lower ceilings or for those looking to boost the brightness coming from an overhead chandelier or pendant. Go for demure, utilitarian pieces if you’re looking to blend your pieces in with your current decor. Otherwise, go all out with faceted crystal-like cut glass shades and wood accents to emphasize the sleek and serene space you have created for your al fresco entertaining and enjoyment.

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