10 Portable Lamps That Will Make Outdoor Dining So Much Better

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When you’re dabbling in al fresco dining on your patio, balcony, or whatever outdoor space you have, there are a few precautions that are generally top of mind for making sure your meal is enjoyable. A patio umbrella for shade and inclement weather protection. A mosquito repelling device for keeping away the pests. But one outdoor dining accessory that’s often overlooked is also the most obvious: light.

You need a good, reliable table lamp to make the most of outdoor dinners. These tabletop gadgets let you continue to enjoy your time with friends and family after the sun goes down, and you don’t have to settle for something that looks like a camping lantern just to get a high-quality one. We found plenty of stylish outdoor lamps that you’ll love to use all summer long. And whether you want to go budget-friendly or high-end, battery-powered or solar-powered, big or small, our top picks have you covered.

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This budget-friendly lamp has a lovely industrial-chic design that brings a nice mix of modernism and vintage decor to your outdoor dining table. It's battery-operated so as long as you keep some extra batteries on hand, you can use this all summer long to liven up the ambiance on your patio.

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Since we're talking about the outdoors, we have to include an option that uses natural materials. These lamps have rope going around the exterior and a woven rope up top that turns them into hanging lanterns if you want. Those decor touches help make this useful piece of tech fit seamlessly onto your dinner table.

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At 20 inches tall and with a solar power charging panel on top, this modern lamp should be your go-to for all your outdoor dinners and hang-out sessions. Weather permitting, you can leave this outside all day long and it will be ready to use come nightfall. If only all outdoor lights could be this simple and hardworking.

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Thanks to this outdoor lamp's wide base and sleek, tapered design, you'll never worry about tipping it over — even on the most rickety patio tables. It recharges using an included power cable and has a battery that lasts for 6 to 12 hours of continuous use. Plus, you can adjust the brightness setting to make the mood either more intimate or more well-lit, depending on what it calls for.

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These affordable, stylish, and reliable lamps come in 12 different sleek finishes, so you'll be sure to find the color that best complements your tablescape. Each lamp charges in as quickly as 3 to 4 hours via a USB cable and lets you adjust the brightness and light temperature. Very budget-friendly and very versatile.

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Because of this stunning portable lamp's inverted design (with the light being on the bottom instead of on top), it gives off a lot more light than typical lamps and can be used in unexpected ways. Grab it by the top to carry around as a flashlight, or use the ring to hang it as a lantern. It charges via USB-C and comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Easily the cutest lantern you'll see all summer.

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When you want all your friends to ask "Where'd you get that?" add one of these designer portable lamps to your outdoor hangout area. Its matte exterior is scratch resistant and comes in eight colors that can add the appropriate amount of flair to your patio table. You can recharge it with an included USB cable, and because it looks so nice, you may find yourself using it indoors, too.

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Ballard Designs
was $109.00

When you need to brighten up a large area, grab one of these solar-powered lanterns to set either on your table or nearby. They have handsome leather carrying straps that make them easy to move around, as well as USB ports that give you the option to charge them indoors, which is super useful when they can't get enough direct sunlight to their solar panels.

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We like that this simple and refined set of dining lamps can be charged via USB-C, as that cable seems to be the most widely-used one for most electronics (at least for now). They take 5 to 6 hours to charge completely, and can then be used for up to 24 continuous hours before you need to plug them in again. Even if the area you're lighting up doesn't require more than one lamp, if you get a set you'll always have a backup one fully charged and ready to go.

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This sleek and powerful rechargeable lamp is a favorite among restaurants for many reasons: it has a small base, its battery lasts for 13 hours, and it's dimmable. If you want an outdoor lamp that will last for many seasons and gives you multiple brightness options, this is your best choice.

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 10 Portable Lamps That Make Outdoor Dining SO Much Better