When we're shopping for outdoor lighting, we look for lamps and fixtures that feel like they could easily fit into a living room. In a garden or patio, lighting should bring warmth and ambiance, so it makes sense to look for lamps that are durable enough to withstand the weather but stylish enough to make the outdoors feel comfortable and welcoming.
This Boston-based store carries several modern, practical solutions for portable outdoor lighting. We like their Candela Lights, which sell for $40 for a set of two. The rechargable, battery-operated lights come with a sleek charger tray.
This online store stocks lamps by all the major high-end, contemporary designers. Prices are expensive, but competitive for these types of pieces. Shown in the top photo is the Plis Outdoor Floor Lamp for $2,400.
Design Within Reach
A consistent resource for modern furniture and accessories, DWR carries several stylish outdoor lamps, including pendants, floor lamps, torches, and portable lighting, like this battery-operated Lau Lamp, on sale for $170.
Gardener's Supply Company
This online gardening resource carries a bunch of garden lights, solar lanterns, and luminaries for affordable prices. These Flower Pot Luminaries are currently on sale for $7 a set.
They have a lot of classic, traditional outdoor lighting lines, including lanterns, porch lights, solar, and string lights. Shown left are the Amalfi Square Lanterns for $19 - $89.
This Portland-based (and online) store specializes in reproductions of period fixtures. Shop here for a bungalow entryway lamp or a Victorian pendant for the porch. Shown left is the Mission-style Amity Porch Lamp for $275.
Also based out of Portland, this store has a huge inventory of schoolhouse-style fixtures from the Art Deco, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Colonial Revival periods. The porch lights shown here are the Clark Fixtures for $119.
If you're looking for interior or exterior hard-wired lighting, this online store is a great place to comparison shop. They have a huge inventory of flush-mount fixtures, wall sconces, post lights, pendants, and accessories, like this Bronze Tea Lantern for $42.
Photo: Plis Outdoor Lights at Y Lighting