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It's Lit! 10 Outdoor Lighting Ideas That Will Make Your Summer Shine

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By Patricia Cunningham

Patio season is upon us. And now that you’ve got your outdoor space set up and stocked with your favorite chilled beverages and uber comfy seating, it’s time think about lighting. Sure, citronella candles are great and add to the ambience (and keep the bugs away, at least theoretically) but if your summer plan is to spread out and spend more than a few long, languorous hours in your outdoor space (and who among us doesn’t have that plan quite frankly?), what you need is lighting.

Whether entertaining friends of cozying up with your nearest and dearest, nothing sets the mood and helps you get the most out of the outdoors like a few well-placed lighting touches. We’ve pulled together a host of options that will create the perfect vibe for your space. 

Light Spiral Filament String Lights

String lights are ideal for pulling a space together. These Edison style bulbs with a spiral filament will add a touch of Brooklyn cool to your scene.

Led Solar Powered Globe String Lights

These LED globe string lights are solar powered. Simply stake the panel in the ground or mount on a wall where it has access to full sun and you will be good for 7-8 hours of light.

Black Cap Solar LED Pendant Shade

Give your outdoor space that indoor living feeling with a pendant light. This one is also solar-powered. It’s ideal over an outdoor dining space or conversation set.

Cinoton Solar Path Torches

If you need to light a path or create firm perimeter, these torches will do the trick. They are solar-powered and feature a “dancing” flickering flame to add to the ambience.

Geometric Lace Solar Lantern

These beautiful, all-weather lace lanterns cast a magical spell when suspended from trees. Powered by the sun for up to 7 hours.

Bar Marquee Light

Add a dose of charm to your outdoor space with this "BAR" sign — and make sure your guests know just where they can find a cool one.

Vintage Hurricane Lantern

These vintage LED lanterns are battery- powered and come in an array of fun colors — pink, purple and teal, please! A dimmer knob let’s you control light output.

Solar Mason Jar Lantern Lights

These solar-powered mason jars are brilliant. The top cap features a small solar panel that powers fairy firefly lights in the jar. Hemp rope and hangers are included so you can suspend them from tree branches or string them up together.

Cactus Micro LED String Lights

Cactuses are totally a thing this year. Stay in step with everyone’s favorite trend with these micro cactus string lights. The best part, no prickers!

Cadiz Candle Lantern

If you’re looking for some dramatic accent lighting look no further than this metal Moroccan style lantern. Includes an LED candle that comes with a handy timer.

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