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The Best Backyard Lighting Options When You Don’t Have An Exterior Outlet

Does your backyard need a little light? With the warmer weather coming, you and your family probably want to spend more time on the patio and in the backyard. The good news is that even if you don’t have an electrical outlet, you can still enjoy illumination in your backyard.

lighting options for metal garages

Solar LED String Lights

Solar LED string lights soak up sunlight during the daylight hours and light up when the sun goes down. They come in a variety of styles and are inexpensive, at around $30 for a string of 20 lights. You may even be able to find a few strings at a neighborhood garage sale. Arrange them on a nearby tree branch or on a porch railing!

Solar LED Pathway Lights

Solar LED pathway lights are easy to install. You just push them into the ground around a patio or near a walkway. They soak up the sun in the daytime and pop on at night. Pathway lights have a soft glow that makes a backyard more inviting for a barbecue or pool party or just an intimate chat with friends around the patio table. Pathway lights are available in a pack of six for around $20.

Hanging Lanterns

An LED solar-powered lantern or two can be a fun addition to a backyard. Consider a lantern with a design that includes a faux candle complete with flickering LED flame. These lanterns provide light without producing heat. There’s a convenient on/off switch on them as well. They cost around $20. Your neighbors will think you’ve got lanterns with real candles in them!

A Battery-Powered Outlet

You may have thought you had to have a wired electrical outlet to light up your patio, but there’s another option! Battery-powered portable outlets can be charged in a couple of hours and supply power to outdoor lights that need a place to plug in. These devices can be as inexpensive as $10. Be sure to get a battery-powered outlet compatible with the amount of power you need.

Tap Lights

Battery-powered tap lights can be put practically anywhere, and they are super-easy to use. Just give one a tap and you have light. It’s best to get five or six of these lights if you want them to illuminate a patio or back porch. They are available at around $7 each. These lights are also excellent for illuminating closets, pantries, and corners used for storage in your metal garage.

A Firepit

If you want to go the more traditional route, put a firepit in your backyard. Of course, a crackling fire supplies you with light, but it’s also fun for cooking burgers, hot dogs, and maybe even some s’mores with a twist.

I hope you have some fun bringing fresh new light to your backyard! Thanks for reading. – Alan

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