Thinking about getting some new outdoor lighting? Don't know what kind of outdoor lights to buy? There are thousands of them, after all, and sometimes it's hard to know what you like. Not to worry, we're here to help. Here are 5 outdoor lighting styles and 10 examples of each one.

Traditional outdoor lights

Traditional outdoor lights often feature a lantern style look that recalls the bygone days of flame-powered illumination. Ornate, flourishing details can often be found adorning traditional style outdoor lights, too. Bronze is by far the most common finish for these lights.

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1. Quoizel Chalmers outdoor lantern in copper

2. Savoy House Felicity pocket lantern in new tortoise shell

3. Elk Glendale outdoor wall sconce in regal bronze

4. Quoizel Rue de Royal outdoor lantern in copper

5. Sea Gull Lighting Ormsby LED wall lantern in black

6. Kichler Tournai outdoor wall light in Londonderry

7. Savoy House Barrister wall mount lantern in slate

8. Feiss Cotswold Lane outdoor lantern in bronze

9. Savoy House Ellijay wall lantern in English bronze

10. Kichler Barrie outdoor wall light in black

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Contemporary outdoor lights

Contemporary outdoor lights often have a more streamlined and minimal look than their traditional counterparts. Sometimes a contemporary style outdoor light is little more than a shade and a backplate. But sometimes, these lights take on eye-catching and inventive forms that make them works of functional art!

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1. The Great Outdoors Artisan Lane outdoor wall mount in black

2. Kichler Maya Palm outdoor wall light in aged bronze

3. Access Lighting Nymph outdoor wall fixture in satin nickel

4. Kichler Celino outdoor wall lantern in black

5. WAC dweLED Folsom outdoor wall sconce in graphite

6. Kichler Tremillo outdoor wall light in black

7. Sea Gull Lighting Eternity outdoor wall lantern in brushed nickel

8. Access Lighting Nyami wall sconce in bronze

9. Maxim Lighting Arc wall lantern in stainless steel

10. Craftmade Ontario wall mount in brushed titanium

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Mission outdoor lights

Mission outdoor lights flaunt geometric structures, simple lines and natural inspirations drawn from the iconic look of Frank Lloyd Wright. The versatile look of Mission style outdoor lights makes it an ideal fit for traditional homes, contemporary homes and Spanish-style homes alike!

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1. Savoy House Waterton wall lantern in graphite

2. Kichler Alameda wall light in canyon view

3. Quoizel Stonington outdoor lantern in mystic black

4. Kichler Town Light wall light in olde bronze

5. Feiss Mission Lodge wall mount lantern in bronze

6. Kichler Beckett outdoor wall lantern in zinc

7. Quoizel Hillcrest outdoor lantern in bronze

8. Kichler Soria wall lantern in aged bronze

9. Maxim Lighting Santa Barbara outdoor wall light in sienna

10. Quoizel Galen outdoor lantern in imperial bronze

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Coastal outdoor lights

It doesn't matter if you live right by the sea or if you're landlocked--coastal outdoor lights look great everywhere! Nautically-inspired coastal designs often feature cage style detailing, lantern structures and textured glass shades.

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1. Quoizel Boardwalk outdoor lantern in mottled black

2. Maxim Lighting Oakville outdoor wall light in black oxide

3. Savoy House Enfield outdoor wall lantern in oxidized black

4. Sea Gull Lighting Herrington outdoor wall lantern in black

5. Exteriors Fairmont outdoor wall mount in bronze

6. The Great Outdoors Wyndmere wall mount in bronze

7. Kichler Pacific Edge outdoor wall light in bronze

8. Feiss Lighthouse wall mount lantern in bronze

9. Sea Gull Lighting Sebring outdoor wall lantern in black

10. Feiss Boynton outdoor wall lantern in painted brushed steel

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Transitional outdoor lights

Transitional outdoor lights have a look that is midway between traditional and contemporary. It's not as ornate, but not as minimal, so it's perfect for brightening up many different home styles. Bronze is certainly a common finish for transitional style outdoor lights too, though not the only option.

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1. Feiss Wellsworth outdoor wall lantern in antique bronze

2. Quoizel Newbury outdoor lantern in black

3. Kichler Lyndon outdoor wall lantern in brushed aluminum

4. Savoy House Dorado outdoor wall lantern in textured black

5. Kichler Kirkwood outdoor wall lantern in black

6. Savoy House Brennan outdoor wall lantern in English bronze with gold

7. Quoizel Carriage outdoor wall lantern in mottled black

8. Feiss Glenview outdoor wall lantern in antique bronze

9. Savoy House Ellijay wall lantern in black

10. Sea Gull Lighting Yorktown outdoor wall lantern in black

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You might have noticed that we focused entirely on wall lights in this roundup of outdoor lighting styles. There are definitely other kinds of outdoor lights available, too, such as post mounts and hanging lights. Many of the collections showcased above also include other outdoor light fixture styles for a coordinating look. Outdoor wall lights are just the most common kind of outdoor light, that's all.

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