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5 Bright ideas for summer outdoor lighting

Sherri Kuhn is a freelance writer, blogger and social media junkie. With a son in college and a daughter in high school, she always has something to write about. Sherri blogs from the heart — with an occasional side of sarcasm and humor...

Add warmth to your outdoor gatherings

Summer means more time spent outside, either entertaining or just enjoying your family time. When the sun goes down, the lights you choose can really highlight the features of your yard. Keep reading for our five favorite ways to light the way this summer.

six foot tall tiki torches

A touch of tiki

Bring the feeling of a tropical vacation to your backyard with these six-foot-tall tiki torches ($80/set of six). These lamps use standard lamp oil or citronella oil that repels insects and come with a fiberglass wick that lasts a lifetime. Whether you are entertaining guests or just enjoying a quiet evening with the family, these tiki torches create instant island vibes when you light them.

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Islander patio lantern

Gas lamp district

Bring a touch of turn-of-the-century nostalgia to your backyard patio with the Islander patio lantern ($201). Made of weather-resistant materials, the easy-fill containers use either standard lamp oil or citronella to repel insects. Fill them with 16 ounces of fluid, and you are set for the evening. This lantern is 85 inches tall and features four lanterns on a single pole.

path lights

Backyard Zen

Want to bring a calm feeling of Zen to your backyard gatherings? These low-voltage path lights ($312) have a classic design and peaceful presence. Place them along a path or around your patio and enjoy the calm light the next time you entertain guests or hang out in your backyard with your family.

solar powered color changing lights

Color play

Bring some color to your next gathering with these solar-powered color changing lights ($40 each) that provide an amazing display of color. Solar-powered LED lights gently change color through all the colors of the rainbow. Easy to install, and each LED light lasts up to 30,000 hours (nearly 15 years).

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Fun fruit

Want a tropical twist to your backyard entertaining that's fun and functional? This Hinkley pineapple path light ($149) brings a tropical feel to your backyard gatherings. With aluminum and brass construction and a copper bronze finish, this is one light fixture that won't just blend into the background.

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