Options for Outdoor Umbrella Lights

Lighting for your outdoor areas is just as important as for indoor areas. If you have a patio, deck or backyard with an outdoor umbrella, letting the umbrella double as a light source is both practical and stylish. There are several options for outdoor umbrella lights, so no matter what your needs or preferences you can find something that will suit you.

One of the most popular types of patio umbrella lights are string lights. These are available in a variety of colors, and attach to the underside of patio umbrellas. While this type of outdoor umbrella lighting may not provide as much light as some of the other choices, these have the added bonus of making your outdoor entertainment area just as festive at night as it is during the day. Because of this they are especially suited to homes that have outdoor parties during the evening.

Another option is an outdoor umbrella light that attaches to the pole of your umbrella. A stylish look is afforded by lamp lights. These usually consist of anywhere from one to four lights arranged around a center ring that is situated on the umbrella pole. Although these lamps can add some major style to your patio or deck, because they stick out from the pole they can get in the way of closing your umbrella. You have to decide whether the style is worth the inconvenience.

If you would like a center light around your umbrella pole, you can also choose a sphere light. These look like discs, with lights around the outer edge and a hole in the middle to fit the umbrella pole through. These can be set at any height on the pole, and should not impede the functionality of your umbrella like the lamp lights do.

If you are environmentally concerned or just want to keep your energy bill low, you can also choose solar outdoor patio umbrella lights. These work like other outdoor solar lights, in that during the day they absorb solar energy so they can function at night. A downside of these lights is that if the day is overcast, they may not absorb enough energy to provide a decent amount of light in the evening.

No matter what type of outdoor umbrella lights you choose, you are sure to find them incredibly useful. Even if you never considered nighttime outdoor entertaining before purchasing your lights, once you see them in action you may start planning a party before you know it.

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