Obviously you need a few lights on in your house. A few great table and floor lamps automatically make any room more interesting, plus, it’s kind of hard to get from point A to point B stumbling around in the dark—so there’s that. But don’t forget about your outdoor lighting, which can be key to creating an inviting space for cozy dinners and chats. As the weather starts to warm, it’s worth splurging on some luminescence for your next backyard shindig. For some, that’s a big, roaring bonfire—for others, it’s a few strategically placed outdoor lamps, which can be easily picked up, moved around and switched on and off as per the occasion. They’re more than just functional, though—investing in some less-than-aesthetically-pleasing lanterns won’t do your landscaped garden any favors. Here, eight of our favorites that make a real statement, and that will have you sipping wine with friends long after the sun sets.
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