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Updated: May 25, 2018

When we talk about outdoor patio lights, we’re usually talking about the summertime and in warm climates the patio is often the favorite place in the house. Patios provide space for relaxation, parties and romantic evenings. With the right lighting, you can enjoy your patio any time of the day or night. With all of the outdoor patio lights to choose from you’ll surely enjoy creating an outdoor space that reflects your style.

Outdoor patio lights for every patio

Wikipedia defines a patio as “an outdoor space generally used for dining or recreation that adjoins a residence and is typically paved. It may refer to a roofless inner courtyard of the sort found in Spanish-style dwellings or a paved area between a residence and a garden.” My patio is my back yard paved with aggregated concrete. Surrounding it are gardens and next to it a pond with a waterfall. I have chosen to decorate it with a solar post lamp and a couple of solar deck lights on the deck stair rail.

Your patio may be big or small, but whatever size it is, it is your patio. You may want it to be a place you go to unwind or to eat your dinner with family or friends. You can choose to add lighting to specifically add gentle light to your dining table or to add stronger task lighting for nighttime reading.

Colorful outdoor patio lights

Patio lighting really takes off if you want to get colorful. You can string lights around your patio to create the most festive party atmosphere, even if you’re not planning a party!

And remember to be a good neighbor

When choosing outdoor patio lights always remember to only light specific areas. Do not spill light and glare into your neighbors yards or into the night sky. Dark sky lighting concepts are as important here as anywhere else you add outdoor lighting to your home. With all of the wonderfully creative solar and dark sky compliant choices, there is no need to install a spotlight on your back door shedding harsh blinding light everywhere around it.

The goal of any outdoor lighting is to attain a practical effect, such as lighting your doorstep so you can see clearly at night, or an aesthetic effect, which is accomplished by choosing the right patio lighting that fits your home and personality.