2. Look to lanterns.
Lanterns are another option, to hang or display on a table. West Elm, for example, has porcelain lanterns (retails for $19-49, westelm.com). Frontgate offers an aluminum lantern with a bamboo motif holding a 4-by-6 inch candle, in bronze, melon, turquoise or white ($149, frontgate.com).
3. Think soft and subtle.
Around areas such as hot tubs and swings where you don’t need or want glaring light, seek lighting that offers more of a “moonlight” effect, Burks said. Moonlighting involves positioning lights in the tops of trees shining downward, to create soft shadows instead of glaring beams of light. But first, look at the existing lighting on your property, as well as in your neighbors’ yards. “Even sometimes neighbors’ lights shine across,” he said. In another outdoor space, Pinnacle Lighting Group hung an outdoor chandelier custom made from a wooden wagon wheel about 20 feet behind a swing.
4. Add floor lamps.
Outdoor floor lamps can bring a decorative touch and light to patios, decks and screened porches. Home improvement retailers sell outdoor floor lamps made of durable materials such as resin and a variety of shades. Also, look for styles that connect with the outdoors. Kansas-based Eangee Home Design (eangee.com) sells floor lamps with shades made of dried cocoa leaves and threads from the abaca plant. The lamp, on a powder-coated frame, can withstand moisture, if used on a screened porch.
5. Plant some lights.
Light sets such as Bed Beth & Beyond’s Solar Sun & Moon Mini Planter Light Set ($19.99, bedbathandbeyond.com) can add ambiance by illuminating a garden during the evening.