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Illuminating Styles: Patio Lanterns & Outdoor Lighting

April 18, 2015 | STORY BY JENN SCHLEICH

Summer's Hottest Patio Lanterns and Outdoor Lighting

 

Sometimes it feels like we live for summer; those long warm sunny days spent by the poolside or lounging on our comfortable patio furniture. There’s no reason our time outside has to end when the sun sets.

Investing in outdoor lighting is a great way to extend the use of our backyards during what is arguably the best time of the year. Well designed outdoor lighting also beautifies an already amazing landscaping and backyard decor.

This summer, wood, antiqued metal and ceramic are taking starring roles in outdoor lighting for the deck and backyard, both in the traditional form of wall scones and increasingly popular patio lanterns. Patio lanterns, solar powered and votive candle holders, are particularly prevalent on retail shelves right now. The maintenance-free ease of solar lights keeps solar-powered outdoor lighting as popular as ever this season and more and more patio lanterns are coming equipped with solar panels. Look out for a wide variety of styles and summer’s hottest bold colour combinations.

Outdoor lighting isn’t just about decorative accents; it’s also super functional. LED grill lights or outdoor floor lamps around the barbecue assist the family chef after dark. And clip-on rain gutter solar lights are the new thing for illuminating your deck.

Finally, don’t forget about the stars — lots of companies now produce dark sky compliant lighting to help protect our starry skies from invasive light pollution. More towns and cities are striving to make themselves dark- sky friendly communities than ever before, so let’s all do our part.

 

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