Beyond hanging string lights across your patio, sparking citronella candles, and watching your tiki torches flicker, umbrella lights are essential to making your outdoor ambiance as glow-y as possible this summer.
The best umbrella lights come mainly in two different forms: Either as a disc that clamps right onto the rod or as a light strand that attaches onto the ribs or canopy of the umbrella. Some even have special features like color-changing LEDs or Bluetooth speakers, but all types will help keep your patio tabletop well-lit, so you can enjoy al fresco food, drinks, and card games well into the wee hours of the night.
Here are our 10 favorite types of umbrella lights for your after-hours enjoyment.
OYOCO Patio Umbrella Light
A total bargain and a snap to install, Amazon’s top-selling umbrella light has three different brightnesses — just push its single button to make its LED illumination stronger. It’s battery-operated, so it can go anywhere with you. It can even hang from its two included hooks if you’d prefer to use it as a grill or garage light instead.
HONWELL Umbrella Pole Light
This battery-powered white umbrella light (also available in dark gray) is ready to party. It clamps securely to a patio or beach umbrella and comes with a remote control that allows you to switch up the color scheme to 16 different shades with four different lighting modes.
Solar Powered String Lights
These solar-powered string lights can be placed nearly anywhere, but their 30-foot length is just right for clipping onto the edge of your patio umbrella canopy.
Secure the set’s solar panel to the top of the canopy where it’ll be out of sight, and use clear clips to attach the strand of 60 weather-safe LEDs to the umbrella’s outer spokes. Once it’s set up, the lights can turned on and adjusted with the included remote control.
Fire Sense Umbrella Halogen Patio Heater
If the days are hot but the nights are a little too cool for comfort, this plug-in umbrella light heater will help keep things toasty. Its three blades can be switched on independently, so you’re not overwhelmed by the heat from the halogen bulbs. Users love that it provides both light and heat, and that it extends their outdoor patio enjoyment past peak summer. However, it does need to be detached from the umbrella pole in order to close the canopy.