Words by Ray Lowe
Few things distinctly define summer as a relaxing evening outdoors. Luckily late-night, at-home dinner parties and poolside cocktail hours are within reach. And whether you have an outfitted veranda, a small apartment balcony, or even just a large plot of grass, the perfect outdoor space isn’t complete without the right lighting to create the right ambience—and keep the party going all night long.
No light fixture allows you that level of longevity like a rechargeable one. Beyond its ability to last for hours, it eliminates the hassle (and eyesore) of extension cords and overstuffed outlets. From cute and colorful table lamps to a modern-day paper lantern (that even boasts Bluetooth-speaker capabilities), Lumens has an endless supply of versatile options to choose from. Here, find eight cordless outdoor lamps worth picking up before your next get-together. Trust us: Your guests—and your electricity bill—will thank you.
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Eight rechargeable lamps to keep your outdoor gatherings going all night long.
The Durable Alternative To A Paper Lantern
This smart lantern is more than meets the eye. While it may look like a traditional Japanese paper lantern, its features are thoroughly modern—think: color-changing LED lights and a Bluetooth speaker. Hang it from whatever surface you choose, and control the ambience via the lamp’s Smart and Green app.
The Light So Subtle, You’ll Hardly Know It’s There
Looking for something contemporary? Consisting of just a glowing orb shade and a metal ring, this dome-shaped light is a minimalist’s dream. Plus it’s versatile enough to keep your outdoor entertainment spaces lit up without being overbearing.
The No-Fuss Hanging Pendant
We were sold the minute we discovered that this pendant lamp (which can double as a wall sconce) was cordless. No more drilling holes into ceilings, fussing with electrical wires, or placing lights in inconvenient locations just because they’re closest to an outlet. Instead just attach the elastic loop to any outdoor rafter.
The Reissued Classic
Named Cestita, which translates to “little basket” in English, this grab-and-go style (that charges via a lithium battery) is true to its moniker. Designed with traditional rattan baskets and lanterns in mind, the silhouette is timeless. In fact it’s inspired by a 1962 piece from Miguel Mila.
The Design Fit For A Museum (Literally)
Originally designed as a table lamp for the new London Design Museum, this dimmable piece is sure to be a conversation starter. With its bell-shaped top, it will fit right in with your collection of mushroom-style lamps (yup, we have a bunch, too). It’s hard not to love something so cute and candy-colored.
The Modern-Day Oil Lamp
This portable lantern may be small in size, but don’t underestimate its ability to light up a space. It comes with three dimmable settings, so you can choose whichever mood you’re after. And unlike a traditional oil-and-wick lamp, this rechargeable version can last well up to 20 hours. Let it burn.
The Glowing Orb
Inspired by the golden glow of the night sky, this table lamp is meant to emulate the magical and luminescent qualities of the moon—we’d say it does a pretty good job. Bring a little warmth to your backyard with a resin globe that resembles a Noguchi paper shade. It can stand on its own or be hung and has a battery that lasts up to 16 hours.
The Itty-Bitty (and Instagram-Friendly) Light Source
Make this tiny lamp the centerpiece of a minimalist drinks table, or buy it in bulk to outfit your next dinner party. The micro-light is equipped with a USB port and can last for up to 19 hours before needing a recharge. Plus the playful colorways only add to its cute Matryoshka doll–like shape.
Easy Peasy Rechargeable LED Table Lamp
Luna Take Away Outdoor Table Lamp
Bolleke Outdoor Hanging Pendant
FollowMe LED Table Lamp
Circ Rechargeable Outdoor LED Table Lamp
Bellhop Table Lamp
Lantern Bluetooth LED Indoor/Outdoor Lamp
Cestita Alubat LED Outdoor Table Lamp