Extend Your Time Outside With These 6 Innovative Lighting Designs For Your Outdoor Space

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By Ethan Bodnar
Take it outside—and stay awhile—by incorporating the right lighting into your landscape.

When it comes to bringing lighting design into your garden or backyard, consider pushing beyond the classic outdoor string lights and solar-powered LED path lights. Today, a number of companies are rethinking this category and have come out with designs that are both functional and sleek—and would fit perfectly into your home's modern oasis.

1. A Pop of Color: Balad Lamp by Fermob

The outdoor experts at Fermob have created a modern and colorful outdoor garden lamp that has rechargeable LED technology, a high-protection treatment for outdoor use, and anti-UV powder coating. 

Extend Your Time Outside With These 6 Innovative Lighting Designs For Your Outdoor Space - Photo 1 of 5 - Designed by Tristan Lohner, the Balad Lamp is available in seven bold colors. It can be turned into an outdoor floor lamp by attaching it to a stand that you can purchase in a coordinating color.

Designed by Tristan Lohner, the Balad Lamp is available in seven bold colors. It can be turned into an outdoor floor lamp by attaching it to a stand that you can purchase in a coordinating color.

2. Floating Lights: Globe Portable LED Lamp by Smart & Green

Don't limit yourself by choosing lights that can only be placed in specific places. Why not scatter them in the middle of the garden, or even in the pool? Designed by Smart & Green, the Globe Portable LED Lamp is waterproof, shockproof, and cordless. Its rechargeable design allows you to have eight to 20 hours of power after charging it for six hours.

Extend Your Time Outside With These 6 Innovative Lighting Designs For Your Outdoor Space - Photo 2 of 5 - The wireless and rechargeable Globe Portable LED Lamps have no problem floating in the pool. You can choose from three modes—static in white, red, blue or green; a candle effect; or unlimited colors that change automatically.

The wireless and rechargeable Globe Portable LED Lamps have no problem floating in the pool. You can choose from three modes—static in white, red, blue or green; a candle effect; or unlimited colors that change automatically.

3. The Light That Travels With You: FollowMe by Marset

Perhaps you have a large outdoor space that you're not able to light up entirely, or you're not ready to invest in a permanent solution. Marset's FollowMe lamp could be the answer. 

Extend Your Time Outside With These 6 Innovative Lighting Designs For Your Outdoor Space - Photo 3 of 5 - Inma Bermúdez designed this portable, lightweight, and rechargeable light for locations with limited access to electrical outlets. It boasts a quirky shape that’s both endearing and comfortable to carry around.

Inma Bermúdez designed this portable, lightweight, and rechargeable light for locations with limited access to electrical outlets. It boasts a quirky shape that’s both endearing and comfortable to carry around.

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4. Get Your Groove On: UMA Sound Lantern by Pablo Studio

Designers and friends Pablo Pardo and Carmine Deganello put their heads together to redefine the traditional lantern—while also adding a whole new experiential element. They ended up designing a new way to experience your outdoor space by introducing the ability to listen to music outside after the sun has set—while also being able to control the mood lighting of the area. 

Extend Your Time Outside With These 6 Innovative Lighting Designs For Your Outdoor Space - Photo 4 of 5 - Designed for both indoors and outdoors, this portable lamp by Pablo Studio works as both a speaker and a light that features bluetooth connectivity, full-range dimming control, and a touch-sensitive volume control.

Designed for both indoors and outdoors, this portable lamp by Pablo Studio works as both a speaker and a light that features bluetooth connectivity, full-range dimming control, and a touch-sensitive volume control.

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Pablo Uma Sound Lantern
Pablo Uma Sound Lantern
Carmine Deganello and Pablo Pardo aimed to transform the perception of the traditional portable lantern. After deciding that fusing sound and light was the way to bring this object to the modern age, they created the Uma Sound Lantern. With warm LED technology, the lightweight, movable lamp doubles as a speaker with a 360-degree surround sound system. You can adjust the volume with a touch-sensitive control, while the light can be manipulated with a full-range dial. Additionally, you can connect with Bluetooth to your mobile device in order to stream audio wirelessly. Constructed with a diffused polycarbonate lens and a steel grill, you can carry it around both indoors and outdoors with its leather strap. Photo: Courtesy of Pablo Design 

5. Modular and Customizable: Santorini Lights by Marset

Every outdoor space is unique in terms of what type of lighting it needs to make it feel homey—and with the Santorini collection by Marset, you can customize your setup in order create the perfect vibe.

Extend Your Time Outside With These 6 Innovative Lighting Designs For Your Outdoor Space - Photo 5 of 5 - Marset’s Santorini lights were designed by Sputnik Estudio. Available in white, gray, or mustard, the outdoor lamps are inspired by fishing boat lanterns and can be customized for your space—including how many shades to place on the diffuser, the order, position, and direction.

Marset’s Santorini lights were designed by Sputnik Estudio. Available in white, gray, or mustard, the outdoor lamps are inspired by fishing boat lanterns and can be customized for your space—including how many shades to place on the diffuser, the order, position, and direction.

6. A Danish Touch: Carrie LED Lamp by Menu

Norm Architects designed the Carrie LED Lamp for MENU, a portable and lightweight lamp that features a USB charger. The compact design includes an opal glass shade and a powder-coated steel base and handle.

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Carrie Portable LED Lamp
Carrie Portable LED Lamp
In Denmark, where winters are cold and long, creating a warm, cozy atmosphere is a way of life. There is even a Danish word for it – hygge – which explains our national obsession with candles. The idea behind the Carrie LED Lamp is to honor hygge in the context of modern living. Lightweight and portable with a USB charger, the possibilities of the lamp are endless. Use it as a bedside lamp, on an office desk or as an alternative to candles on the dining table. Carrie is also perfectly sized for picnicking in the park, festival-going or moonlit walks on the beach.

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