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Go Cordless: Portable Outdoor Lamps

Thanks to advancements in technology, our lives have become more mobile than ever before–and cordless outdoor lighting has become a necessity. Shrinking microchips and other electronic components have paved the way to making things smaller, lighter and easily portable. From the cell phone you now can’t live without to fitness trackers, you can pretty much take your life with you wherever you go. And to light the way, we’ve rounded up the best cordless outdoor lights for everything from table-top lamps to floor lamps to hammock-side light.

Cordless Freedom

Being able to live your life on-the-go is a huge advantage and something many of us strive for. Thanks to the internet and a laptop you can work pretty much anywhere in the world. In order to do that though, you still need some good lighting once the sun starts to set. This is where portable lanterns take the stage. Today, these cordless lights use rechargeable batteries that offer longer life and warm continuous light. Whether you’re working or just reading the latest best seller, portable lanterns make sure your day ends when you’re ready and not at Mother Nature’s whim.

Convenience

Thanks to lightweight and rechargeable batteries, indoor/outdoor lanterns are easy and convenient to take with you. Lights that offer an incorporated handle not only make it easy to carry the light, it also means that, if you’re creative enough with your location, you can find places to hang it for maximum illumination. This makes socializing much easier as well. By hanging the light up, everyone can reap the benefits of the portable light, and you can light up a larger space.

Just because the lights are easily transportable doesn’t mean you have to leave home to reap the benefits. Take these lanterns out to the backyard, onto the deck, by the pool or the patio. They can be used for accent lighting, table lighting, or to fill in darker spots where your wired outdoor lighting doesn’t quite reach.

Fun Features

Another way today’s portable lamps one-up the old fashioned camping lantern are through fun and unexpected features. First is through quality of light. LED technology has transformed the lighting world thanks to its flexibility and adaptability. LEDs can be used in configurations not possible before now, are energy efficient, AND they can change colors.

One of the most popular features of LED lighting is the ability to select from a broad spectrum of colors and to even set it to cycle through a spectrum or specific set of colors. Many portable lanterns are taking advantage of this technology to add a fun and hip vibe no matter where you take it. Set the mood for a romantic evening with the dimming capability or create your own outdoor nightclub with the range of light changing colors available.

To make these portable lights even more desirable, many now offer WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities. These technologies allow the lamps to include things like a speaker. So, you can enjoy your music wherever you are without the need to carry an additional item. The combination of light and sound really get the party going anytime, anywhere.

Style

From sleek to funky, portable lamps come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes the integrated handles are a prominent part of the design. At other times, they are barely noticeable until they are needed. Whichever your preference, they all offer high style and are available in indoor/outdoor safe models. When it comes to materials, portable lights offer a wide range of options that range from a natural woven look to molded plastics that fool the eye. All are designed to tackle the elements for long-lasting, beautiful design.

Small But Mighty

Petite and pleasingly shaped, the Point LED Indoor Outdoor Table lamp is the perfect addition to an outdoor dining table. Point is rechargeable, waterproof and doesn’t have any cords to clutter up the table.  The color changing feature means you can light up the yard with a specific color or set it to automatically cycle through the rainbow. As an added bonus, you can recreate the feeling of candlelight without any fire danger or worrying about wind snuffing out the flame.

Chill Champagne, Chiller Light

Consider the practical, unexpected multi-functionality of the So Fresh LED Indoor Outdoor Table Lamp. Another cordless and rechargeable lamp from Smart & Green, So Fresh also functions as a cooler for your favorite beverage–an absolute must when you’re lounging poolside. Capable of chilling two bottles of wine, So Fresh can transition between a variety of colors, a candle flicker effect or basic white light for just the right atmosphere.

From small and simple to large and grand, today’s outdoor lights offers designs everyone can love. Finding the right outdoor light for your backyard, patio or deck allows you to extend the enjoyment of your outdoor space from spring through fall and well into the night.

Nicole Tatem

Nicole Tatem

Nicole is the Sr. Site Merchandiser for Accessories, Kids, and Textiles at YLiving. She is obsessed with great design in all forms with a special love for jewelry, wine bottle labels, and tableware. When she’s not exploring the many museums and art galleries of the Bay Area, Nicole spends time looking for and visiting obscure and unusual destinations (locally and abroad) while practicing her photography skills.

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