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Patio Lights and Lighting Buying Guide

Nighttime doesn't have to mean a pitch-black landscape. Let outdoor lights and lighting provide illumination -- in flowerbeds, along pathways, and for safety at doors and windows.

Types of Lights and Lighting

Types of Lights and Lighting

Opening your door at night is a lot easier if there's light. As dusk turns to dark, keeping friends and family gathered around the picnic table is a natural extension of hospitality with lights. And adding drama to the garden is simple with a few strategically placed spotlights. As you're trying to add beauty and safety to your landscape, consider these types of outdoor lights and lighting: posts, sconces, path, ceiling/chandelier, step/accent, and downlights/flood lights. Use this guide to get started.

Posts

Often used at the start of a sidewalk or near a front door, outdoor lighting posts are several feet high and typically topped by an enclosed bulb.

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Acclaim Lighting

Give your outdoor space a dash of classic style with this traditional surface mounted post. Made of durable aluminum to resist cor...rosion and rust, this stone-colored light post features a removable access panel at the bottom to facilitate wiring. Setting: Outdoor Materials: Cast aluminum Fixture finish: Stone Dimensions: 75 inches high x 11.5 inches wide Assembly Required read more

Acclaim Lighting

Give your outdoor space a dash of classic style with this traditional surface mounted post. Made of durable aluminum to resist cor...rosion and rust, this stone-colored light post features a removable access panel at the bottom to facilitate wiring. read more

Elk Lighting

Add a touch of elegance to the exterior of your home with the Belmont solid brass 23" tall post light. With curvy rounded edges, c...urled decorative arms, and seedy handmade glass panes, this is the perfect addition for your home.Accommodates 60 watt (max.) candelabra base light bulbs (not included) Hand forged frame construction Applied with powder coated noncorrosive finishBulb Type: Incandescent Collection: Belmont Finish: Charcoal Glass Finish: Seeded Glass Height: 23 Light Direction: Ambient Lighting Material: Solid Brass Number of Lights: 3 Usage: Outdoor Wattage: 60 Weight: 11 Width: 9 read more

Elk Lighting

Add a touch of elegance to the exterior of your home with the Belmont solid brass 23" tall post light. With curvy rounded edges, c...urled decorative arms, and seedy handmade glass panes, this is the perfect addition for your home.Accommodates 60 watt... read more

Sconces

Great when used on walls near doorways or along a long drive, sconces can direct light up or down. They're great for both task lighting as well as accent illumination.

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Pottery Barn
$559.00 $598.00
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With its sloping roof, our Botlon Sconce resembles an antique street lamp. Two lights are suspended inside, with their tendril-sha...ped arms ending in flower bobeches. 7.5" wide x 5" deep x 14" high Framed in rust-resistant bronzed steel with glass panels. Damp UL-listed to allow for placement on a covered porch. Hardwire; professional installation recommended. read more

Pottery Barn
$339.00 $358.00
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Bold, simple curves and a mouth-blown glass shade make our sconce an easy addition to any home style ? from Cape Cods to shingled ...bungalows. 7" wide x 7.5" deep x 16" high Crafted of steel with a bronze finish and handblown glass. Wet ETL-listed to allow for placement outdoors. Hardwire; professional installation recommended. read more

Pottery Barn
$349.00 $378.00
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Modeled after the caged designs of traditional fishermen?s lanterns, our sconce lights the way in nautical style. The steel frame ...is distressed by hand for a rustic, weathered look that creates a handsome contrast to the spherical blown-glass shade. 8.5" wide x 8.75" deep x 15.25" high Crafted from steel with a hand-blown glass shade; hand finished in Aged Iron. Damp UL-listed for use indoors or in a protected outdoor area. Hardwire; professional installation recommended. read more

Hardware House
$37.99
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Finish: Artesian Bronze,Light Bulb: (1)100w A19 Med C Incand, Dimensions: Width: 6 - Projection: 8 - Height: 14Glass Type: Clear,S...ize (Projection from Wall): 7 - 9,Outdoor Sconce Width: 4-8,Outdoor Sconce Height: 12+ Hardware House LLC offers many high quality products and our standards are high and have to meet or exceed other leading brands in laboratory tests. Aluminum construction with seedy glass. Hardware House 54-4114 - Outdoor Sconce: 54-4114 Outdoor Sconce Artesian Bronze #54-4114 - Outdoor Sconce read more

Path

Path lights can dot a walkway at spaced intervals. These can be hardwired or powered by the sun; many use a hood to shield and push the light downward to prevent blinding glare.

Ceiling/Chandelier

Wet-rated ceiling or chandelier fixtures are used outside to provide light for a covered space as well as illumination above and in front of an entry door. Ceiling fans are also used outside as ceiling fixtures, particularly on covered patios and porches.

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Quoizel
$309.99
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Quoizel 4 Light Chandelier Features: -Mini chandelier.-Base material: Steel.-European style.-Strands of crystal beads and teardrop...s.-cUL listed.-Pieces Required For Mounting Ceiling: (1) Crossbar, (1) Green Ground Screw, (2) Lock Washers, (1) Nipple, (1) Screw Collar, (1) Canopy, (1) Lock Ring.-Chandelier Type: Mini Chandelier.-Shade Included: No -Shade Material: .-Shade Color: .-Shade Shape: ..-Finish: Bolivian Bronze.-Material: Steel -Material Details: ..-Room Use: Bedroom; Entry/Foyer.-Swarovski Crystal: No.-Number of Lights: 4.-Voltage: 120.-Wattage per Bulb: 60.-Number of Tiers: 1.-Swag Light: No.-Bulb Type: Incandescent.-Bulb Included: No.-Adjustable: Yes.-Dimmable: No.-Style: Traditional.-Light Direction: Uplight.-Outdoor Use: No.-Plug-In: No.Specifications: -120 Volts.-Accommodates (4) 60W B10 candelabra base bulb (not included).-Title Twenty Four: No.-Damp, Dry or Wet Location Listed: Dry.-cUL Listed: Yes.-ADA Compliant: No.-Energy Star Compliant: No.Dimensions: -Wire Length: 144.-Chain or read more

Quoizel
$629.99
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Quoizel 8 Light Chandelier Features: -Chandelier.-Number of lights: 8.-Steel material.-Western bronze finish.-Pieces Required For ...Mounting Ceiling: (1) Crossbar, (1) Green Ground Screw, (2) Lock Washers, (2) Lock Nuts, (2) Lock Balls.-Shade Included: Yes -Shade Material: Glass.-Shade Color: Clear.-Shade Shape: ..-Finish: Western Bronze.-Material: Steel -Material Details: ..-Room Use: Dining Room; Entry/Foyer; Kitchen.-Swarovski Crystal: No.-Number of Lights: 8.-Voltage: 120.-Wattage per Bulb: 60.-Number of Tiers: 1.-Swag Light: No.-Bulb Type: Incandescent.-Bulb Included: No.-Adjustable: Yes.-Dimmable: No.-Style: Transitional.-Light Direction: Uplight.-Outdoor Use: No.-Plug-In: No.Specifications: -Bulb type: 60W B10 Candelabra base bulb (not included).-Title Twenty Four: No.-Damp, Dry or Wet Location Listed: Dry.-cUL Listed: Yes.-ADA Compliant: No.-Energy Star Compliant: No.Dimensions: -Wire Length: 144.-Canopy: Yes -Canopy Height: .-Canopy Width: .-Canopy Depth: ..-Shade: Yes -Shade Height: 24.-Shad read more

Ore
$104.12 $156.00
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ORE 1 Light Chandelier Features: -Chandelier.-Classic style.-UL listed.-Chandelier Type: Crystal Chandelier.-Sloped Ceiling: Yes.-...Water Resistant: No -Water Resistant Details: ..-Shade Included: Yes -Shade Material: Crystal.-Shade Color: Clear.-Shade Shape: Bell..-Finish: Brass.-Material: Steel -Material Details: ..-Collection: Cascading Crystal.-Color Temperature: 2700.-Swarovski Crystal: No.-Lens Included: No -Lens Details: ..-Distressed: No.-Recycled Content: No -Total Recycled Content (Percentage): .-Post-Consumer Content (Percentage): .-Remanufactured/Refurbished: ..-Eco-Friendly: No.-Number of Lights: 6.-Voltage: 120.-Wattage per Bulb: 40.-Number of Tiers: 1.-Swag Light: No.-Bulb Type: Incandescent.-Bulb Included: Yes.-Adjustable: Yes.-Dimmable: Yes.-Multicolor-Changing LED: No.-Solar Power: No.-Bulb Life in Hours: 750.-Style: Traditional.-Theme: Sophisticated.-Connection: .-Mounting: Screws.-Light Direction: Ambient.-Outdoor Use: No.-Product Care: Wipe clean with a dry cloth.-Plug-In: Yes.Spe read more

Ore
Design Craft

Bring a little bit of the outdoors into your own dining room with this Long Branch country-style chandelier. This gorgeous piece h...as six amber-shaded lights that sit cradled in spiraled vines at the end of outstretched bronzed branches. read more

Step/Accent

Very small step or accent lights provide low light levels; these are used to highlight plants or guide visitors along a pathway.

Downlights/Flood Lights

Downlights or flood lights are often placed above little-used doors -- to a basement, for example -- or other spots such as a garage. These powerful blasts of light are often attached to a motion sensor.

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Philips

Shop for Electrical at The Home Depot. DuraMax products provide soft light and long life, significantly reducing the hassle of cha...nging light bulbs that burn out too quickly. Energy used - 65 watts. read more

Yosemite Home Decor
$37.00 $53.00
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Two Light Down Lighting Outdoor Flood LightSturdy exterior dual halogen spotlight is an economical security investment.Features:Tw...o light down lighting outdoor flood lightUL Rated for wet locations1 year warranty on partsAssembly RequiredSpecifications:Requires (2) x 150 Watt Medium base PAR38 Halogen bulbs (Not Included)Height: 5.625Depth: 16.125Width: 5.625 read more

Yosemite Home Decor
$39.00 $55.00
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Two Light Down Lighting Outdoor Flood LightSturdy exterior dual halogen spotlight is an economical security investment.Features:Tw...o light down lighting outdoor flood lightUL Rated for wet locations1 year warranty on partsAssembly RequiredSpecifications:Requires (2) x 150 Watt Medium base PAR38 Halogen bulbs (Not Included)Height: 5.625Depth: 16.125Width: 5.625 read more

Yosemite Home Decor
$32.00 $45.00
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One Light Down Lighting Outdoor Flood LightSturdy exterior halogen spotlight is an economical security investment.Features:One lig...ht down lighting outdoor flood lightUL Rated for wet locations1 year warranty on partsAssembly RequiredSpecifications:Requires (1) x 150 Watt Medium base PAR38 Halogen bulb (Not Included)Height: 5.625Depth: 16.125Width: 5.625 read more

Product Features

Product Features

Diversity in task, diversity in appearance: That's the best way to describe outdoor lights and lighting. There are miniature versions for the steps leading to a deck, and large spotlights to ensure safe passage from sidewalk to door. As you're considering the variety of outdoor lights and lighting you need to finish your landscape, take into account the product features that will influence your choices: power source, energy efficiency, bulb, and finish/color. This overview will help.

Power Source

Most outdoor lights and lighting will need to be hardwired to a switch. In remodeling or retrofitting projects, that may necessitate cutting drywall. Some outdoor lights may be powered by solar sources, but their strength and daily life depends in large part on how much sun is received.

Energy Efficiency

Outdoor lights and lighting that meet certain federal energy standards may be rated with the Energy Star label. This indicates a certain level of energy savings per year -- a plus when it comes to trimming utility bills.

Bulb

Not every bulb works on every fixture. Outdoor lighting will provide a maximum bulb size to receive the best light from the fixture.

Finish/Color

The finish and color of the outdoor light or lighting source should complement the exterior architecture, the other lighting that's visible, and the landscape design.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Outdoor lights and lighting are an investment that should last for years, if not decades. But in order to guarantee that, it's important to think through how you wish to use the lights and how they can best help meet your goals. For example, lights that don't provide flexibility of control will be more difficult to use. In addition to controls/dimming, review the purchase considerations of motion detectability and dark skies compatibility. Here's a quick guide.

Controls/Dimming

Review the types of control features that you may be able to have with your lighting. Some may be remote-capable; others might feature dimming capacities that can be a useful amenity in your outdoor spaces.

Motion Detectability

Many outdoor lights and lighting are designed specifically to provide safe passage -- and to alert residents should someone unwanted try to enter. Many exterior lights have motion-detection features built in.

Dark Skies Compatibility

The visibility of the nighttime skies has become an issue for many municipalities -- and many homeowners. Some exterior lights and lighting are rated to be compatible with the dark skies initiative.

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BrylaneHome
$24.99 $34.99
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Illuminate your garden or outdoor walkway with a rainbow of colors. Our solar lighting options are super convenient and make for ...stylish décor. • set of 8 • dimensions: 11H x 4W x 2½D • stainless steel • available in White or Multi-color (green/blue/yellow/red/orange/purple) • Use plastic ground stakes • 1 AA battery (included) • gives your garden a vibrant look at night. • for other outdoor essentials, be sure to shop our patio furniture. Why Buy? Customers love the mesmerizing color changing ability of these spectacular lights. They do a great job of brightening up your outdoor area and definitely help you rack up compliments where home décor is concerned. read more

Brylanehome Solar Lights That Change Color
BrylaneHome
$39.99 $79.99
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Enjoy the look of the great outdoors with this attractive white painted picket fence that adds to your yard or gardens décor. An...d enjoy the same great style during the day or night thanks to the included solar lamp. Does not include ground stakes. • light operates on included rechargeable battery • assembly • and for more ways to beautify your backyard, check out our garden and patio collections for great deals on furniture and more! This picturesque fence measures: 27½H x 19½ sq. while its solar light measures: 3¾ Diam. 10¾H LED. Why Buy? Outdoor furniture and décor has to be sturdy enough to stand up to the rigors of Mother Nature, but BryalneHome.com knows that doesnt mean they cant be stylish. Our customers love using our wide selection of outdoor décor to spruce up their yard and entertain guests outdoors. read more

Brylanehome White Wood Corner Fence With Solar Powered Light
BrylaneHome
$14.99 $39.99
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Easily snap this 20-LED light around the top of your standard table umbrella pole to add ambient lighting to your next outdoor gat...hering. • 3H x 8 ½ diameter • adjustable spring clamp secures light tightly, no tools needed. • lightweight, cordless and weather-resistant for year 'round use. • on/off switch • uses 3 AA batteries (not included) • plastic • dress up your garden and patio with our wide selection of outdoor décor and lighting options. Why Buy? At BrylaneHome, we focus on making your life easier and more enjoyable. Our convenient LED umbrella light lets you and your loved ones carry on with the good times. You won't have to head inside. read more

Brylanehome Led Round Under-Umbrella Light
Yosemite Home Decor
$77.40 $127.00
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Yosemite 5214-S Amelia 1 Light 17 Outdoor Wall SconceGive your home a classy look with this incredible wall sconce. Featuring a ge...ntly curved lantern style body and accent, complete with glass shades, this piece is the perfect addition to any outdoor space.Yosemite 5214-S Features:Clear Water Sheet Glass ShadeWarranty: 3 YearsYosemite 5214-S Specifications:Height: 17.25Width: 7Depth: 9.75Bulb Base: CandelabraBulb Type: IncandescentNumber of Bulbs: 1Watts Per Bulb: 60Total Wattage: 60Light Direction: Ambient LightingShade Shape: Lantern read more

5214ORB-S Oil Rubbed Bronze Amelia Amelia 1 Light 17" Outdoor Wall Sconce
Yosemite Home Decor
$156.60 $254.00
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Yosemite 5492-M Frederick 1 Light 18 Outdoor Wall Sconce Exemplifying early modern look, this wall light makes a wonderful additio...n to any similarly styled outdoor dandeacute;cor. This is the medium sized version. Yosemite 5492-M Features: Frosted Square Glass Shade Warranty: 3 Years Yosemite 5492-M Specifications: Height: 14.5 Width: 6.75 Depth: 8.5 Bulb Base: Medium / E27 Bulb Type: Incandescent or Fluorescent Number of Bulbs: 1 Watts Per Bulb: 100 Total Wattage: 100 Light Direction: Ambient Lighting Shade Shape: Cylinder read more

5492ORB-M Oil Rubbed Bronze Frederick Frederick 1 Light 18" Outdoor Wall Sconce
Yosemite Home Decor
$72.00 $117.00
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Yosemite 2072POI Dante 19 Lantern Style Post Light Accent your outdoor dandeacute;cor with this amazing lantern styled post light,... featuring rectangular glass panels. Yosemite 2072POI Features: Steel Material Glass Shade Warranty: 1 Year Yosemite 2072POI Specifications: Specifications: Number of Bulbs: 1 Bulb Base: Medium Bulb Type: Incandescent Watts Per Bulb: 100 Wattage: 100 Height: 19 Width: 9 Depth: 9 Light Direction: Ambient Lighting Shade Shape: Lantern, Rectangle read more

2072POIORB Oil Rubbed Bronze Dante Dante 19" Lantern Style Post Light
Yosemite Home Decor
$108.00 $176.00
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Yosemite 326MDI Straford 1 Light 21 Outdoor Hanging Wall SconceThis stylish hanging wall sconce will provide form and functionalit...y to your delight.Yosemite 326MDI Features:Steel MaterialGlass ShadeWarranty: 1 YearYosemite 326MDI Specifications:Height: 20.5Width: 9Depth: 11.25Light Direction: Ambient LightingShade Shape: Lantern, Beveled read more

326MDIWB Oil Weathered Bronze Straford Straford 1 Light 21" Outdoor Hanging Wall Sconce
Yosemite Home Decor
$102.60 $166.00
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Yosemite 326MHI Straford 1 Light 20 Outdoor PendantThis stylish outdoor pendant will provide form and functionality to your deligh...t.Yosemite 326MHI Features:Steel MaterialGlass ShadeWarranty: 1 YearYosemite 326MHI Specifications:Height: 20Width: 9Depth: 9Light Direction: Ambient LightingShade Shape: Lantern, Beveled read more

326MHIWB Oil Weathered Bronze Straford Straford 1 Light 20" Outdoor Pendant
Yosemite Home Decor
$102.60 $166.00
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Yosemite 326MPI Straford 1 Light 24 Outdoor Post LightThis stylish post light will provide form and functionality to your delight....Yosemite 326MPI Features:Steel MaterialGlass ShadeWarranty: 1 YearYosemite 326MPI Specifications:Height: 24Width: 9Depth: 9Light Direction: Ambient LightingShade Shape: Lantern, Beveled read more

326MPIWB Oil Weathered Bronze Straford Straford 1 Light 24" Outdoor Post Light
Yosemite Home Decor
$108.00 $176.00
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Yosemite 326MUI Straford 1 Light 21 Outdoor Wall SconceThis stylish outdoor wall sconce will provide form and functionality to you...r delight.Yosemite 326MUI Features:Steel MaterialGlass ShadeWarranty: 1 YearYosemite 326MUI Specifications:Height: 20.5Width: 9Depth: 11.25Light Direction: Ambient LightingShade Shape: Lantern, Beveled read more

326MUIWB Oil Weathered Bronze Straford Straford 1 Light 21" Outdoor Wall Sconce
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