Published on July 28, 2020

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Photography by Molly Winters

After months holed up at home, we’re all enjoying spending as much time as possible outdoors this summer. Our backyards and patios have become our favorite places to work, eat, and relax, and we’re constantly looking for ways to upgrade these spaces—especially since lawn updates can help increase home value. One low-cost way to extend your time outside? Lighting. 

According to Amazon, the most popular outdoor decor product on its site right now is a battery-operated patio umbrella light. At just $14, it’s super-easy to use: You simply clamp it to your umbrella’s pole (or hang with attached hooks) and choose your brightness setting (there are three). Your alfresco evening is all set!

If aerial lighting isn’t your thing, there are many more outdoor options to consider, from West Elm’s glowing garland of festive string lights perfect for a patio to Hay’s easily camouflaged portable table lamp. Skagerak’s quirky take on a classic lantern design is easy to charge after an evening barbecue, and &Tradition’s modern mushroom-cap lamp option can work both indoors and outdoors, depending on your mood. 

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