Outdoor portable lighting offers an eye-catching way of boosting the ambiance of yards, gardens, patios, decks, and public spaces. Portability allows for trying out various configurations. From gently glowing cubes and spheres to waterproof lights for in the pool, we’ve rounded up the most elegant outdoor portable floor lamps available.
1. Boletus B
The Boletus B is shaped like a stylized mushroom, with an anodized aluminum top and a gently glowing white “stalk” underneath. The opal polypropylene gives a gentle glow that won’t dazzle in a dark garden, and the light is UV stabilized to reduce fading.
It’s available in two varieties, one that’s hardwired into the ground, and another with a 10ft (3.5m) wire lead that can be repositioned.
Shaped like a teardrop, the 30 inch (80cm) Kanpazar gives a gently variegated light which is bright around the base and then fades gently towards the top. A single one gives a gentle glow, or cluster several together for an eye-catching effect.
It has a classic white frosted finish and is weatherproof. So you can leave it out in the garden without worry, the UV-resistant polythene coating has also been made vandal-resistant.
The Cube is a multitasker. Use it as a lamp, a stool, or a table: it’s splash proof and tough enough to bear the weight of a large adult. It offers 4 modes and up to 160,000 different possible color combinations. You can choose basic white light, or select a single color, or set it to cycle through the rainbow.
There’s even a compatible remote control available. The battery lasts up to 8 hours and is easily recharged by putting the Cube back on its base – you don’t even need to turn it off to recharge.
Bloom’s Outdoor Portable Lamps are styled after traditional table lamps, but with no cable to tie them to one place. They are available in a variety of sizes, from a table-top sized 11“ to a massive 22“, and all colors of the rainbow.
All sizes come with a hidden handle at the top, and the cool-touch polythene means it doesn’t get hot when lit.
Toeing the line between high technology and nature, the Zen lamp is inspired by the traditional rock gardens of Japan. Shaped like three pebbles stacked on top of each other, the Zen can sit unobtrusively in the corner of your garden by day, and then light up in 160,000 colors by night.
It’s impact-resistant and can be safely submerged in water up to 6ft (2m) deep.
The Ball is not only stylish but fun. Use it on land or water: it’s entirely waterproof and is large and light enough to float. Inside are 16 white and 36 color LEDs, which can combine to give 160,000 different shades, and with 55,000 hours’ lifetime the LEDs will last for years.
The lamp is wireless and can be easily recharged by putting it back on its base.
Named after the French seaside town of Dieppe, this portable lamp is inspired by the shape of a buoy floating in the harbor. The seamless molded polyethylene is entirely waterproof and acts as a diffuser for the colorful LEDs inside.
Choose one shade, scrolling colors, or a candle effect, and control the light intensity through the dimming controls on the bottom. The handle at the top makes it easy to carry, and the wireless battery back lasts up to 8 hours on a single charge.
8. Candela Luau
The Oxo Candela Luau is a multi-purpose lamp. Leave it on the charging base, and it’s a stylish table lamp with a dimmable illumination. Lift it off the base and it auto-illuminates, so you can use it as a portable outdoor lamp.
Twist the base to dim the light: it lasts up to 10 hours depending on the brightness setting. Cleverly, it will also auto-illuminate in case of a power failure, so it saves having to scramble around in the kitchen drawers for candles.
9. Rock Pool LIGHT
The Rock Pool Light is an egg-shaped light just 12 inches high. It works great at a table lamp, or use a row of these lights to illuminate a path at night. A 5-hour battery charge will give up to 20 hours of light, since the 52 LEDs inside use just one watt of power.
There are thousands of color combinations available, including a candlelight setting, or you can choose one of the three intensities of basic white light.
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