9 Outdoor Lighting Options for Under $200

It’s the middle of summer, and we’ve both been spending our fair share of time enjoying our outdoor spaces. And it’s when you’re out there lounging around (often with a cocktail in hand) that you begin to notice all of the tiny details on the outside of your home. Weeds that need to be picked…paint that needs to be touched up…and outdoor lighting that makes your home look like it’s from the 80’s. Yikes. Black outdoor lighting improves the look of this small patio space

Honestly, neither of us ever gave much thought to our homes’ outdoor lighting situations until this summer. We realized that most exterior fixtures are incredibly affordable (we’re talking less than $100!), and they can dramatically improve the curb appeal on your house. So in June, we both swapped the outdoor lighting on our homes for more modern and classic fixtures. This front door gets an upgrade with new outdoor lighting

Bridget chose this fixture (from Amazon!) for the outside of her black mudroom door…A barn light adds a farmhouse touch

While I chose this barn light for my small balcony spaceLove this farmhouse light fixture outside

Both projects were simple and made us wonder why the heck we waited so long to do anything?!

Outdoor Lighting Options We Love

If you want to make the outdoor lighting switch, we’ve got you covered with today’s post! Here are 9 outdoor lighting options that will make your home look more contemporary, and better yet…they’re all under $200!Outdoor lighting options for under $200

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Black Wall Lantern

I actually chose 2 of these lanterns for the outside of our building and they look great. The inside ring is brass, so it’s a cool contrast with the black.

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Simple & Modern Wall Sconce

I love the shape of this modern wall sconce. The triangle look makes it contemporary, yet simple and elegant. Plus, it’s only $60!

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Brass Bulb Sconce

Brass and black are always a winning combo. This petite sconce packs a punch of style. It’s just under $200 (at $198), but wow…this could be the showstopper on a patio!

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Outdoor Barn Light

This is the light fixture I chose for our small patio (but in white). It was surprisingly difficult to find a barn light that wasn’t humongous, and this one was the perfect size!

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Steel Arm Barn Light

This is the light B chose for outside her mudroom door and she found it on Amazon! Who knew?! The straight arm on this fixture makes it less farmhouse and more modern.

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Gooseneck Barn Light

This is another one that Bridget chose for her outdoor space to go over her garage. It isn’t installed just yet (a few electrical problems…), but it will look gorgeous when it’s up!

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LED Outdoor Wall Sconce

I love the simplicity of this LED wall sconce. It would be a subtle upgrade to the exterior of any home.

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Outdoor Wall Lantern

Here’s another lantern that could go with just about any home’s style. It’s crisp, classic, and 2 would look amazing flanking a front door.

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Industrial Strength String Lights

We couldn’t chat about outdoor lighting without adding string lights to the mix. We love the Feit brand because they are industrial strength and hold up well to the elements.

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Why We Love Black Light Fixtures

Clearly, we have a thing for black light fixtures. It’s probably because we think black can go with the style of just about any home, and it works well with brick, siding, cinder block, etc. If you have a home that is painted black, then you might want to opt for a brass or nickel fixture instead to give it some contrast. But for the most part, you can’t go wrong with black!Add string lights to your outside space for perfect mood lighting

As for actually installing an outdoor fixture, it’s the same process as an indoor one. Just be sure to turn the power off to that fixture and you may want to recruit a buddy if you’re on a ladder or the fixture is heavy. #trustus

It’s not too late to improve the look of the outside of your home. Order a new fixture, hang it in a few hours, and enjoy staring at it for the rest of the summertime.


The Year of Casey

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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.