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16 of the best Outdoor Lighting Ideas For Pergolas

An outdoor pergola is a beautiful feature to include in your home’s landscaping design. It provides shade by day, and enchanting space for lounging or dining by evening. Read on to learn the best outdoor lighting ideas for pergolas that can make your space both functional and attractive.

Ultramodern Take

Pergolas can be ultramodern, such as this one featuring natural wood slats. It houses a series of spaces, including an outdoor dining area, outdoor kitchen and lounge. Coordinating chandeliers and floor lamps make the spaces feel as cozy and refined as interior versions.

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Urban Escape

Designs by Human created a rooftop escape in an urban environment. A pergola shields the sun for a pool-side seating area. Architectural wall sconces cast light both up and down for an efficient outdoor lighting strategy.

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Simple Chandelier

A high-top outdoor dining table is highlighted by a simple black outdoor pendant beneath this sun-dappled pergola. Dining alfresco has its charms, but it requires the same attention to detail for lighting as its indoor counterpart. This simple fixture doesn’t try to steal the show from the scenery.

Wild and Refined

These pill-shaped sconces integrated perfectly into the columns of a pergola. The look is refined against the backdrop of a wild natural scene. Above, string lights lend a fairytale vibe to the outdoor lounge area.

Focus on Nature

This outdoor gazebo is focused on the natural landscape beyond it. As such, the furnishings and light fixtures incorporate natural forms. Coordinated pendants and wall sconces feature woven circular wood slats for a unique look.

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Keep it Traditional

Traditional lantern-style outdoor wall sconces are the perfect choice for this rustic stone home. The wood pergola and Spanish tile roof only add to the charm. Cozy seating areas flank a peaceful outdoor pool area.

Air Movement

Airflow is important in an outdoor space, such as beneath a pergola. Not only does it keep you comfortable on hot days but also repels insects. This extra-large outdoor ceiling fan can withstand the elements and provide a pleasant breeze for outdoor gatherings.

Twin Fixtures

An outdoor dining and lounge area is covered by an open wood pergola. Identical outdoor chandeliers hang above the dining table and the seating area. This makes for a look that is consistent and elegant all at once.

Exotic Flair

This outdoor pergola has an exotic flair, playing into the home’s Moroccan style. A dramatic round outdoor chandelier is the perfect choice to light this lounge area. Your outdoor light fixture should complement the style of your home.

The Perfect Sconce

An elegant wall sconce flanking a door makes a statement beneath this outdoor pergola. The combination of dark wood, white exterior walls and gray pavers is timeless and chic. The simple design of the sconce complements the overall look.

Moody and Cozy

This moody black pergolas is brightened by the addition of greenery and soft, cozy furnishings. Over-scale lanterns provide plenty of light to complement the natural light that streams through. An outdoor kitchen makes for the perfect entertaining area.

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Define a Datum

Designs by Human created a cozy outdoor lounge area beneath a wood pergola. Two types of wall sconces provide consistent light along a datum. A large-scale outdoor floor lamp provides task lighting for a seating area.

By the Pool

This poolside outdoor pergola provides open space for lounging. The winning combination of outdoor fans and wall sconces keeps the space cool and well lit. Bright orange cushions pick up in the colors of the warm brick pavers for an inviting look.

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Up and Down Lights

Outdoor pergolas are a great way to frame an entryway to your home, creating an inviting yet polished look. These cylindrical outdoor sconces cast light both up and down, highlighting the architecture of the pergola while also lighting the ground and path to the door. The fixtures are sleek and avoid glare and light pollution.

Follow the Architecture

This outdoor pergola extends to the pool area with outdoor loungers. Architectural wall sconces provide light day or night, allowing you to make the most of the space. The streamlined look fits perfectly against the column of the pergola.

Poolside Flair

Not all outdoor lighting has to be installed on a ceiling or a wall. These dramatic outdoor floor lamps lend an interesting flair to this poolside patio and pergola space. Resembling icicles, the linear fixtures serve as light sources and art pieces at the same time.

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A well-lit outdoor pergola can create an exterior room, expanding the foot print of your home. Whether you use the space for lounging, dining or cooking outdoors, a pergola can add value to your home. We hope these lighting ideas have helped you take your outdoor pergola to the next level.


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