Warmer weather is here and if you have a patio, it’s time to make use of it. If you don’t have an adequate light source for your outdoor space, you may not use it much after dark. Maximize your patio by choosing some of these outdoor lighting options to light up your patio.
String lights are some of the most common types of outdoor lighting that are affordable and easy to hang. If your patio has a cover, you can hang strands of lights along the roofline with hooks.
For open-air patios, install some tall posts to attach the ends of the strings and line them across the patio overhead. Make sure you are using string lights that are labeled specifically for outdoor use.
Hardwired Outdoor Lighting Options
If your patio is attached to the house, install outdoor sconces and lanterns to the wall of the house to illuminate your outdoor space. Hardwired outdoor light fixtures are more permanent since they are connected to the electrical system, but if your setup allows it, they will provide stylish light for your patio.
Solar Stake Lights
Solar stake lights are an inexpensive and quick solution for outdoor lighting. Place them directly into the ground around the perimeter of the patio to define the space. If you have a pathway leading to the patio, put these lights on either side to guide people down the path after dark.
Solar stake lights come in a variety of styles, colors, and decorative shapes. You’ll find very affordable ones at only a few dollars per light, but you may want to pay more for higher-quality and more durable options.
Outdoor Lighting Options with an Open Flame
Open flames are not safe for all types of outdoor living spaces, but when operated properly, they can add warmth and light to your patio. Tiki torches and fire pits are cozy additions to an open-air patio with no roof.
Candles and lanterns are also an option for most kinds of patios but should have a glass enclosure to contain the flame. Don’t leave an open flame unattended and keep flammable items away from it.
Bollard lights are posts with built-in lights that are hardwired into the landscape. They are a permanent addition and a larger investment than other lighting options, but they are stylish and durable.
Bollard lights are used to boost both safety and ambiance outdoors. You’ll need to hire a professional to install these around your patio. Once they are installed, you will enjoy having a well-lit outdoor space.