10 Outdoor Lights Ideas – Add Instant Romance and Light up the Night with Simple Landscape Lighting

Outdoor Lights Ideas_Outdoor Lights Ideas

Are you looking for outdoor lights ideas to add beauty to your outside area or add some romance to your garden or patio?

There are many ways that you can decorate your outside area that goes above and beyond the standard lighting. Use the following ideas to decorate your outdoor area and you'll have a wonderful place that you can go to whenever you want to relax or hold a party or get cozy and comfy with your significant other!

Brainstorm First

The first thing you should do before you add any lighting to your area is to do a bit of a brainstorming to see what you might like. There are many different options in terms of lighting so you might have to experiment a bit until you find something that works for your needs.

You can always try several different types of lighting before you decide on what you want for the outdoor area. You should browse garden shops, hardware stores, lighting stores, and other areas where you find lights to see what is out there.

Bring On The Ideas!

1. Magic Lantern

Try adding vintage lanterns or other decorative lanterns as these can add attractive lighting to any outdoor area. You could take a few of these and then cluster them on a table outside. They could be lined up on one of the walls outside. You have many different ways that you can use these.

You could use candles inside the lantern. If you don't want to go this route, you can get ones that are operated by batteries. Adding lanterns outside is a simple and easy way to add more elegance and style to any outdoor area.

2. Candle Chandelier

If you have any sort of covered patio you might add a candle chandelier to the area. You don't have to use actual candles for this as you can get LED style candles which make for easy operation and you don't have to worry about fire hazards. Create a nice canopy of lighting above the table and it gives a cozy as well as romantic atmosphere. Another idea is to also add other lights around the table area for even more style. You will find a wide variety of different candle chandelier styles to choose from for your outdoor area.

Outdoor Lights Ideas_Step Lights3. Step Lights

Another way to change up an outdoor area add lights to either side of the steps that might go up to your patio or even to your garden area. Adding lights can also bring safety to the area. There are many different types of lights that you can buy including LED lights or even solar-powered lights. There are many choices to adding lights to your outdoor area and this can be a great option around your steps. You can also do this around at the Garden area and put similar lights in the garden to make it more attractive.

4. Pillar Candles

Another way to add more light outside is to use pillar candles. These aren't the regular style of candles which burn but are pillar candles which are designed to be battery operated. These are a very safe option. If you're going to use a regular pillar candle you'd want to be very close by it outside and ensure that it's not going to cause a safety hazard. Due to the safety hazard that regular candles have, it's a better option to use a battery powered pillar candle.

Outdoor Lights Ideas_Courtyard lights5. Courtyard lights

If you have a courtyard you could always string lights from one side of it to the other and this can give a bit of an illusion that you have a roof over the courtyard. You can add a lot of lighting this way but it doesn't get in the way of what you want to do. You could also do a similar thing by adding small lights to pots shrubs, or trees. This is another simple way of adding more lighting to your outdoor area.

Outdoor Lights Ideas_Fire Pit6. Fire Pit

A fire pit in the backyard can add a lot of style and elegance to your backyard area. This doesn't have to be a traditional wood burning pit as you can get many that are powered by other sources. You can get ones that are gas powered and look just as authentic as a regular fire pit but without the toxic smoke and hassle that a regular fire brings you. In many cases, you might not be able to have a fire during the winter months so regular gas-powered fire pit can be a great option. Around the fire pit area, you could put cushions on some seating and create a nice comfortable area for people to sit.

7. Backlight Planters and Other Lights

You can spruce up the garden area by adding some lighting to planters. These lights can help highlight the garden area to a greater degree. You can also put some lights around the garden area if you prefer and not just around the planters. Individual lights added to the garden can also bring a nice touch.

Outdoor Lights Ideas_Chinese Lanterns8. Chinese Lanterns

One of the nicer types of lanterns is a Chinese lantern. You can add a bit of a festive atmosphere to your outdoor area as well as design and color. Use this for a party or for some type of event or just is a way to add more design and style to your backyard. You can get these in many different sizes and shapes and they are a fun way to add more lighting to your backyard.

Outdoor Lights Ideas_Cover Your Trees like Christmas9. Cover Your Trees like Christmas

We often add lights to trees and small shrubs during Christmas but you can still do this when there is not a holiday! By adding small strings of lights to trees and shrubs you can really add some extra light to your back door area. You don't have to add a lot of lights for it to make a big difference in the backyard. You could do the same thing for hanging plants or other plants that have vines on them. This is a simple way to add more lights to your back door area.

Outdoor Lights Ideas_Deck String Lights10. Deck String Lights

You can do a similar thing with your deck and add some string lights to your deck.  This is going to add some simple lighting to your deck without having to spend a lot of money. You might experiment with different styles or ways of stringing the lights for more variety.

Bonus Lighting Projects

If you are a little craftier you can create some very interesting lights with just a few materials. Here are a couple of project ideas that you might consider:

11. Lights out of Wood

Can create your own lights out of a block of wood such as a cinder block. You only need a few tools to do this if you are handy and it's easy to add the lights to the block of wood and you can have something that is unique and stylish for your outdoor area. You can decorate the block of wood however you want and stain it in the way that you like. This saves you the trip going to the store and trying to find the perfect light with a wooden base. You can make this yourself and add it to your garden area or another area of your backyard.

12. Wire Basket Lights

At any craft store or economy store, you can find wire baskets. You can take these wire baskets and make decorative lamps and lights out of them by simply adding a light to the inside. There are many ways that you can go about this and you can find cheap lighting fixtures to go inside your new wire basket light. This can be a simple way to add more style and variety to your outdoor lights. Perhaps you might hang a couple of these over your outdoor table.

Outdoor Lights Ideas_Mason jar Lantern13. Mason jar Lantern

It is easy to take an old mason jar and make a light out of it. You could put some rocks in the bottom of it and then put a tea light inside of the Mason jar. The glass jar will add safety to the outdoor area as the tea light will be more secure inside. You can also add various lights that run on batteries as well if you want to go this route.

14. Old Boxes

You can take any old box that you have and add some lights to it for a colorful and stylish look to your outdoor area. These box lights will add just enough light to the outdoor area and could be options around the garden area to add just a little bit more light to the area.


These are just a few of the ideas that you can put to use doors when it comes to lights. You have many options when it comes to lighting outside and you don't have to stick with just standard ideas. Don't be afraid to experiment a bit to find lights that work for your needs. There are many ways you can go about this to add more lighting, romance, and some style to your outdoor area.

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