Ellicott City
10325 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
(410) 465-9633
Store Hours:
Mon-Sat 7AM-8PM
Sunday 9AM-6PM
Repair Shop Hours:
Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM
Saturday 9AM-2PM

Columbia
8895 McGaw Road
Columbia, MD, 21045
(410) 465-0500
Store Hours:
Mon-Sat 7AM-8PM
Sunday 9AM-6PM

Ellicott City
10325 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
(410) 465-9633
Store Hours:
Mon-Sat 7AM-8PM
Sunday 9AM-6PM

Repair Shop Hours:
Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM
Saturday 9AM-2PM

Columbia
8895 McGaw Road
Columbia, MD, 21045
(410) 465-0500
Store Hours:
Mon-Sat 7AM-8PM
Sunday 9AM-6PM

When it comes to creating good vibes in any space, lighting is the first thing to hit the mind. Sunshine may be the best source of light in outdoor areas. But what happens when the sun sets? With the summer underway, you probably need to spend more hours in your backyard after sunset.

 Whether you’re hosting a barbeque party with friends or just want to relax outdoors, don’t let the sunset cut off the fun. All you need is efficient outdoor lighting to hold parties as much as you want with less hassle.

To help you transform your patio so that you can enjoy your drink with a better view of your backyard late at night, read on to learn about the best outdoor lighting. Whether looking for on-trend festoon lights or more practical designs to light your outdoor space, here are 10 tips about the kinds of lighting to add to your patio.

1. Add Twinkling Festoons Under Umbrella

Ramp up the ambience of your outdoor chill-out space with festoon lights under an umbrella. If you enjoy a deck outdoor, a little thing like sunset shouldn’t interrupt your fun time. Most decks have wide umbrellas to block direct sunlight during the day, and the umbrella can help to keep the party on after darkness. Festooning the umbrella with strings is an easy thing to do without needing expert services. String the flights around the under-umbrella, and you’ll be tempted to spend every night outdoors throughout the summer.

2. Conceal Your Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

You probably don’t know that the phrase “less is more” can apply more significantly to your outdoor lighting than other aspects. While a grand chandelier is ideal for an indoor space, lighting your patio may need a lot more minimalist light for optimum effect. One way to enhance mood in your outdoor with minimal lighting can be concealing your lights. This can be achieved by hiding the lights under planters, inside features or behind walls. This will allow you to experience light just enough for your night activities.

Concealing the light can help achieve a particularly cool effect. For instance, if you hide them under planters, the light can project downward, creating a floating effect. 

3. Strengthen Family Bonds with Pendants

For a family dinner outdoors, installing a pendant light over the table can make your patio feel like an extension of your dining room. Of course, pendants work best for enclosed spaces, but if you don’t want hard wiring, they can serve your needs efficiently. 

If your outdoor space is expansive, an outdoor chandelier can be mounted on an open space to make a big impression. You only to ensure your chandelier or pendants can withstand changing weather.

4. Go for Deck Floor Lamps

If your deck is located in a place with no objects to hang strings, don’t worry. You can enjoy your night outdoors as well with a floor lamp. Modern outdoor floor lamps can double as glowing ambient lighting and planters, which can change colors using your smartphone.

Whether you want to create an intimate experience with red or a party mood with a mix of hues, this app-controlled chameleon can make any outdoor vibe with the click of a button. 

5. Consider Simple Stands Out

Do you like it simple? Sometimes a simple design brings out the best impression. Pendants and outdoor chandeliers designed with geometric silhouettes and sharp angles can be all you need to add to your patio. 

Metals like aluminum can help you blend the industrial age with modern furniture if you want to recreate the machine-age vibe outdoors. 

6. Create a Subtle Glow with Soft Solar Lighting in Lustrous Styles

LEDs are probably the easiest choice for outdoor lighting. You don’t have to worry about wiring or plug sockets, nor do you have to think about the dangers of open flames. These futuristic designs are not only unreal for creating a tranquil atmosphere but can also be moved around at any place outdoors. 

If you want a more captivating experience, you can consider different sizes for a sculptural glance. Pairing this lighting with minimal, low-level furniture and natural stone paving can enhance an oasis of relaxation.

7. Hang a Modern Beam Design Over Your Patio Space

You don’t have to take your dinner or evening drink indoors because of the cold weather. If your patio has a roof beam, pendants can enhance your evening outdoors experience even during a rainy season. 

The beam pendant contains a built-in heater for keeping the atmosphere balmy. It also has a dimmer to allow you to change the mood whenever you like. 

The beam’s gleamy lines and charcoal hues can match perfectly with a dark wooden floor offering an intimate vibe.

8. Light Warm Your Evenings with a Fire Pit

For an instant cheerful mood, add a fire pit to your poolside, grass area or yard. The warmth from the fire recreates a beach experience after an evening swim, while the low lighting is ideal for creating an intimate mood with your family and friends. For some reason, a fire pit has the magic to trigger storytelling moments. 

If you want to blend lighting with luxe, a fire pit allows you to kill two birds with one stone. You can install a fire pit that doubles as a coffee table to enjoy your favorite cocktail all night. 

Whether you go for the conventional wood-burning or the modern gas-powered fire pit, you can make your yard everyone’s favorite after sunset. 

9. Enhance Your Mood with Candles

If you want temporary lighting or in a tight budget and want to create the best evening outdoor experience for your partner, candles on tabletops can add a soft mood lighting to your patio. Taper candles can enhance a romantic ambience in an outdoor space. Candle glowing can also create a perfect atmosphere for evening outdoor meditation. 

10. Try Market Lights

Market lights are one the most common DIY options for outdoor lighting. You can string them over a particular area of your outdoor space. Market lights provide warm lighting ideal for summer get-togethers. 

They can work best for small and large spaces depending on the style you choose to string them. In addition, if you are unsure where to string them or don’t want to do it, you can just fix them to tree pergolas or umbrellas,

Hanging market lights on your patio can make your family dinner brighter and more inviting. 

Choose the Best Lighting for Your Outdoor Space

Lighting up your outdoor space can help you relax or hold parties outdoor around the clock. The lighting you choose can determine the mood you want to create for particular nights. 

Whether you want to meditate alone or share intimate moments with your loved ones and friends, Clarks Ace Hardware can help you get the best lighting options for your patio. We are a family-owned business with 175 years’ experience. We focus on guiding our customers to get the right lighting for their needs. Contact our Columbia and Ellicott City hardware stores to learn more about how you can brighten up your outdoor space.

Whether you want to meditate alone or share intimate moments with your loved ones and friends, Clarks Ace Hardware can help you get the best lighting options for your patio. We are a family-owned business with 175 years of experience. We focus on guiding our customers to get the right lighting for their needs.

Visit One of The Below Locations and Get Started on Your Project

CLARKS ACE HARDWARE
Ellicott City

10325 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042

(410) 465-9633 GET DIRECTIONS
 

CLARKS ACE HARDWARE
Columbia

8895 McGaw Rd
Columbia, MD 21045

(410) 465-0500 GET DIRECTIONS
 
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