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Go Cordless: Portable Outdoor Lights

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Thanks to advancements in technology, our lives have become more mobile than ever before–and cordless modern outdoor light fixtures have become a necessity. From cell phones 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

Carrie Rechargeable LED Table Lamp in use outdoors.
Carrie Rechargeable LED Table Lamp by Norm Architects for Audo Copenhagen

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 bestseller, portable lanterns make sure your day ends when you’re ready and not at Mother Nature’s whim. 

FollowMe Portable Table Lamp during sunset.
FollowMe Portable Table Lamp by Inma Bermudez for Marset 


Balad Lamp in a garden setting.
Balad Lamp by Tristan Lohner for Fermob 

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.

Buy the Tanit LED Table Lamp from Lumens.com
Tanit LED Table Lamp by Gonzalo Milà for Bover

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 

Vessel 2 Bluetooth LED Indoor/Outdoor Lamp from Lumens.com
Vessel 2 Bluetooth LED Indoor/Outdoor Lamp by Smart & Green 

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. 

Uma Mini LED Table Lamp in an outdoor lounge setting.
Uma Mini LED Table Lamp by Pablo Designs 

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. 


Koord KD.111 Portable Table Lamp outside by the coast.
Koord KD.111 Portable Table Lamp by Eloy Puig for El Torrent 

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. 

Flatball Bluetooth XXS Floating LED Indoor/Outdoor Lamp on a patio at sunset.
Flatball Bluetooth XXS Floating LED Indoor/Outdoor Lamp by Smart & Green 

Small But Mighty 

Wick LED Table Lamp during a camping trip.
Wick LED Table Lamp by Graypants 

Petite and pleasingly shaped, a small portable is the perfect addition to an outdoor dining table. As an added bonus, you can recreate the feeling of candlelight without any fire danger or worrying about wind snuffing out the flame. 

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. 

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