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Southerners have long embraced patios and porches as alfresco living rooms, and over the past few months, our love for outdoor spaces has only grown stronger. We’ve seen how a pair of Adirondack chairs can turn the front yard into a breezy cocktail lounge, how a chaise lounge can transform a patio into a cozy reading nook, and how a dining table can convert the backyard into the buzziest eatery on the block.

Outdoor living rooms are used year-round—from hosting barbecues in the summer to watching football teams kick off in the fall. Sunset doesn’t mean the crowd has to be ushered inside. Outdoor lighting can keep the fun going throughout the night, but finding the right fit for your space can be tricky. Trendy string lights aren’t always powerful enough to illuminate a larger area, and weatherproof light fixtures can be pricey. We found this affordable $12 patio light from Amazon that’s sure to brighten backyard nights (BUY IT: OYOCO Patio Umbrella Light, $12; amazon.com).

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Don’t let its compact size fool you—with powerful LED lights, this small-but-mighty gadget is strong enough to brighten the darkest of nights. One five-star review notes this light is "bright, easy to use, and priced right." No tools are necessary for set up. Clamp it onto the pole of a patio umbrella, hang it from a hook above a dining table, or use it as overhead lighting in a tent for camping. This light is battery operated, so you won’t have to worry about bulky cords getting in the way or finding a power source on outdoor overnight adventures. Choose from three different modes to cast the perfect amount of light over your space.

This budget-friendly product is a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon with nearly 2,000 five-star reviews. Not to mention, it’s $10 cheaper than competitor products. Shop this popular light on Amazon now.