Lighting is a transformative element and the key ingredient for extending the usage of outdoor spaces, as well as bringing a wow-factor to a patio or deck at night. Even a modest urban outdoor space can be transformed and made more welcoming with innovative lighting.
Much outdoor lighting straddles the line between functional and sculptural; use high end pieces to make a statement. Add playful touches to dark corners, use uplighters to catch the eye or just add some texture with woven materials. Sculptural electrical lights make an attractive garden lighting alternative: these indoor / outdoor lights can be brought outside onto a deck or patio when weather permits or, positioned near the door, will illuminate the area from inside. The woven material on these Talenti designs create attractive shadows and offer up strange sculptural organic forms that sit perfectly in an exterior environment. For outdoor dining or the alfresco table, use windproof and sturdy moveable lighting for the ultimate in convenience. With LED battery-power at its most affordable, there is an influx of rechargeable ‘fun’ lighting that’s portable, interchangeable and functional, like the Balad lantern from Fermob which can be hung, carried or floor mounted – while the Pop lantern from Talenti which takes mood setting one step further by incorporating Bluetooth technology. For the larger outdoor dining or seating space, including restaurants or hotel decks, consider outstanding showpieces which illuminate a larger area and draw people together. The iconic Anglepoise Original 1227 Giant does just that. In a wide range of colours to suit any scheme, this classic and globally recognised light takes advantage of the newest materials to give an updated robust exterior contemporary version that packs the ultimate wow factor. And finally, ambient lighting can be provided by light up pots and furniture. If a playful atmosphere is needed on a deck or terrace, use Gervasoni’s light up chair (LED powered and rechargeable), and Modern Home’s light up planters spread around the garden to cast gentle pools of light, illuminate walkways or bring a party deck to life. For the ultimate sophisticated look, Joli’s table top glass or ceramic blade emits its own light and allows you to connect an mp3, iPod, or mobile phone while the bottom side of the blade has LED lights and speakers, fed by rechargeable batteries.