Try Out These Brilliant Balcony Light Ideas to Illuminate Your Outdoor Space
Nothing beats the feeling of eating dinner out on your balcony or enjoying the company of family on your stylish new patio furniture set. It’s the time of year when the warm weather hits, and you’re finally motivated to whip your patio in shape. But while you’re browsing for weatherproof chair cushions and ceramic planters galore, you might be forgetting the one component of a good outdoor living experience that usually gets neglected: the lighting.
No matter how well-designed your balcony garden, patio, or deck is, some kind of lighting is essential and really ties a space together. Luckily, options are no longer restricted to utilitarian pathway lamps or not-so-stylish floodlights; outdoor lighting is super chic now—so chic that you might question if that pendant light or table lamp actually belongs inside.
Below you’ll find a selection of outdoor lighting options, from string lights to sconces, that’ll extend the time you can spend outside and really make your outdoor spaces shine.
1. Edison-style string lights
This vintage-inspired take on classic string lights uses Edison-style light bulbs to cast a cozy glow on an outdoor party.
Buy: Edison-Style String Lights, $9.98 to $49.99 from Cost Plus World Market
2. Sunjoy contemporary small black battery powered LED outdoor lantern
This gorgeous LED lantern light features lasered cutouts that throw light in artsy patterns when cast onto your balcony or deck. Pretty intricate designs can help make a basic lantern more interesting, and the friendly price tag and portability makes it even better.
Buy: Sunjoy Contemporary Small Black Battery Powered LED Outdoor Lantern, $25.99 from Wayfair
3. Simple string lights
4. Maxim chalet 10″ high bronze and gold LED outdoor wall light
Wall lights can add a dramatic effect to a space, and this one in particular has an old world feel built into its modern shape and material. It’s a cool fixture with a big payoff that takes little effort to install.
Buy: Maxim Chalet 10″ High Bronze and Gold LED Outdoor Wall Light, $68 from Lamps Plus
5. Polyterrazzo oil lamps
6. Pacifica outdoor pendant
While pendant lamps are typically pictured in indoor spaces, they work wonders for outdoor rooms, too. You can select a large one or hang a few in different sizes for patio decor your friends will envy. Plus, nothing screams summertime quite like wicker textures.
Buy: Pacifica Outdoor Pendant, $248 from Serena & Lily
7. Uma sound LED table lamp
A portable speaker and light in one, this go-anywhere lantern lets you control the brightness and play music from any Bluetooth-connected device.
Buy: Uma Sound LED Table Lamp, $479 from Pablo Pardo at YLighting
8. Globe bluetooth LED indoor/outdoor lamp
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.
Buy: Globe LED Indoor Outdoor Lamp, $285, from Smart & Green at YLighting
9. Vallie 1-bulb 11.31″ H outdoor pendant
10. Incandescent G type bulb string light with 8-smoky glass shades
Adding smoky shades to outdoor string lights can add a major air of sophistication and extra drama to your outdoor setup. The tinted glass helps diffuse light and will set the right mood for al fresco dining.
Buy: Outdoor/Indoor 10 ft. Plug-In Incandescent G Type Bulb String Light with 8-Smoky Glass Shades, $29.97 from Home Depot
11. Bronze cage light shade
12. Battery operated metal indoor integrated LED string lights
Hanging up string lights with geometric cages can be a great little statement, especially for smaller outdoor spaces. All your plein air activities will benefit from the cozy atmosphere that these shapes create.
Buy: 12 ft. 10-Light Battery Operated Metal Indoor Integrated LED String Lights, $12.97 from Home Depot
13. Winthrop outdoor teak lantern
14. LED string lights – spheres and loops
15. Umbrella marquee lights
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.
Buy: Umbrella Marquee Lights, $99.95 from Crate & Barrel
16. Rattan & glass hurricanes
Add the sounds of steel drums and a mojito, and you’ll be transported to a tropical island right in your own backyard. Rattan hurricane glass lanterns are vacation-reminiscent but don’t cross over into kitschy territory.
Buy: Rattan & Glass Hurricanes,
$49 to $79 $24.99 to $39.99 from West Elm
17. Mid-century clear globe sconce
A mid-century modern sconce may be a dreamy addition to your interior, but you probably haven’t considered working one into your outdoor space. A lamp that fits in a patio or front porch setting that works with your style—how could you say no?
Buy: Mid-Century Clear Globe Sconce, $93 from Shades of Light
18. Quentin pendant sconce
This stylish pendant sconce filters light through both frosted and clear glass, giving a muted, romantic glow to a front entrance or back patio.
Buy: Quentin Pendant Sconce, $249 from Restoration Hardware
19. Kaylie antique brass 1-bulb outdoor wall lantern
A brass outdoor wall lantern like this is almost too pretty for its own good. The days of bulky, boring outdoor lights are over, and this fixture is proof. Outdoor lighting might just become your new favorite thing to shop for.
Buy: Kaylie Antique Brass 1-Bulb Outdoor Wall Lantern, $219.99 from Wayfair
20. Solar tea lights
This trio of solar-powered swirled glass lamps adds a gentle glow to an outdoor balcony.
Buy: Solar Tealights, $30 each from Uncommon Goods
21. Starburst globe lights
22. Silver lanterns
Clean lines and a burnished silver finish make these lanterns a stylish addition to a modern backyard.
Buy: Silver Lanterns, starting at $15.99 from Jamali Garden
23. 1-light brick patina outdoor cottage wall lantern sconce
With a seeded glass globe and a steel cage, this wall-mounted light blends cottage charm with industrial chic.
Buy: 1-Light Brick Patina Outdoor Cottage Wall Lantern Sconce, $35 from Home Depot.
24. Arrington outdoor wall light
Clear glass panels let you peek at the Edison-style bulb inside this wall-mounted outdoor sconce.
Buy: Arrington Outdoor Wall Light,
$129 $64.95 from Lamps Plus
25. Carson 12” wall sconce
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.
Buy: Carson 12″ Wall Scone,
$269 $215 from Rejuvenation