Whether you want a hanging lantern or a piece to adorn your outdoor dining table, these choices are of the highest quality, so you don’t have to worry about falling foul to adverse weather conditions or outdoor damage. Instead, with a combination of solid and elegant designs, these lanterns can light the way, allowing you to spend time outdoors even when the sun has set.  There are so many backyard lighting ideas to consider as you shop around, from integrating large patio lanterns to delicate hanging lights. If you’re looking to be sustainable in your garden design, then there are also plenty of solar outdoor lighting ideas to bring to life with these lanterns too, that simply require the glare of the sun to operate. Delve into these wonderful outdoor lanterns to truly lighten up your outdoor space. 

7 outdoor lanterns perfect for setting the ambiance outside 

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If you have a very specific vision of the outdoor lantern you want to use to invigorate your outdoor space, then there are plenty of stunning finds out there to browse. These are the retailers we would recommend for the best lighting to frame your garden: With a simple and elegant glass casing, this lantern is perfect for creating a candle-lit setting. Set on a concrete plate and with handmade glass, this lantern is available in clear or smoked gray, and will be the crowning touch to your outdoor designs. The sturdy build and delicate look is the ideal combination for hosting a dinner party lit with candles that won’t blow away or cause any safety concerns.   A solar lantern is the most convenient way to light up your evenings. This pick combines that practicality with a stunning teak and aluminium design, which is corrosion-resistant. There’s also two modes to choose from, so that this lantern will last all day or turn on when it’s dark outside. With style and functionality, all you have to do to achieve beautiful outdoor settings is wait for the sun to do its magic. Candles are such a classic way to bring a warm, comforting glow to your garden, and this open-weave lantern elevates that look entirely. With a textured design that catches the light and is sure to draw attention and compliments, this lantern is ideal for setting the scene of your outdoor soiree, and brings a beach feel to proceedings. It’s also woven with weather-friendly resin, and available in three stunning colors. Redefine your idea of a lantern with this incredible sound-infused piece. With a dimmable LED light and a high-quality sound system built-in, your nights spent on your patio will be a dream with this light. All you need to do is connect via your Bluetooth for a wonderful auditory experience, and the lantern also features a leather strap and cotton bag for ultra-easy transportation.  This hanging lantern is the perfect pick for infusing light at all levels of your space and bringing together your patio mounted on a nearby wall.  With hardware for easy hanging and intricate finishing details, including hand-worked iron and glass, this lantern is the ultimate addition to spruce up your space with its modern industrial aesthetic.  This outdoor ceramic lantern for your patio can add an essential element of personal style. With an openwork design to beautifully illuminate the entirety of your outdoor seating area and a sophisticated glossy finish, this lantern holds its own when it comes to design stakes.  This stunning scalloped lantern is a completely individual pick for your outdoor dinner setting. The metal frame is painted in antique gold with a delicate shell look-design, and will illuminate a table in the most elegant way. This lantern includes a candle holder and is available to buy in sets of two, for total ease. 

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