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Try Out These Brilliant Balcony Light Ideas to Illuminate Your Outdoor Space

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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.

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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

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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

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3. Simple string lights

While you can never say no to a good set of string lights, they can skew towards basic. The tiny detail of the gold-brushed covers makes a huge difference and adds a bit more elegance.

Buy: Simple String Lights, $49 $39.20 from West Elm

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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 

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5. Polyterrazzo oil lamps

Is typical lighting making you yawn? That’s fine. You can easily go beyond the classic examples of balcony lighting and opt for a unique oil lamp that no one else in your neighborhood probably owns.

Buy: Polyterrazzo Oil Lamps, $19.95 from CB2

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

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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

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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

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9. Vallie 1-bulb 11.31″ H outdoor pendant

This chic hanging pendant lamp has a modern farmhouse appeal to it, which means you can extend that shiplap and modern farmhouse vibe that’s radiating from your house all the way into your outdoor area.

Buy: Vallie 1-Bulb 11.31″ H Outdoor Pendant, $226.74 $130 from AllModern

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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

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11. Bronze cage light shade

LED lights aren’t quite the same when they’re enclosed in edgy cage light shades. These cool alternatives break away from tradition and will never fail to make a statement on any balcony, deck, or patio.

Buy: Bronze Cage Light Shade, Set of 6, $29.50 from Pottery Barn

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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

To really infuse a minimalist, Japanese-inspired vibe into your backyard, a structural teak lantern will work wonders. Pieces like this strike that rare balance between trendy and timeless.

Buy: Winthrop Outdoor Teak Lantern, Medium, $195 $136.99 from Williams-Sonoma

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14. LED string lights – spheres and loops

Spherical pendant lights are a unique blend of string lights and pendant lamps. The neat thing about these particular ones is you can make them into orbs or keep them as two-dimensional circles.

Buy: LED String Lights – Spheres & Loops, $150 to $250 from West Elm

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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21. Starburst globe lights

Ordinary twinkle lights have nothing on globe spheres with twinkling LED lights. It’s like having mini stars in every individual bulb. The mesmerizing mood lighting these specific lights provide makes them worth the cost.

Buy: Starburst Globe Lights, $248 from Terrain

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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

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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.

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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

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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

Katie Holdefehr

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Katie is a fan of all things handmade and nature-made.

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