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Just because we have the doom-and-gloom warnings of winter blackouts in the UK doesn’t mean we have to skimp on design or comfort. Here are some recommendations for battery powered lamps that will serve you well during this coming winter and also into balmy summer nights. They’re perfect for entertaining as well, if you want to tweak the mood and illumination.

Please note I haven’t put the links to suppliers here as they are easily found on Google and prices will vary from each supplier, and may also increase at different times.

Battery Powered Lamps for Winter Blackouts (Exterior)

Buying an exterior quality battery powered lamp is probably a much better investment as you’ll use it more often. They’re so useful when you’re entertaining in the summer, and you don’t have to worry if it stays outside in the rain. Having said that, I wouldn’t be inclined to leave any of these outside long term as you never know how they’ll stand up to the elements, long term.

Here are a selection of Exterior battery power lamps:

La Donna by Lucide


Easy to carry lamp with a strap at the top. Not very large but castes a good

  • IP rating:  54
  • Light Temperature: 2700K
  • Lumens:  263
  • Dimmable?  Yes
  • Output time:  6.5 hours at full brightness
  • Approximate price £120

Obello LED Portable Table Lamp by Gubi


Designed in the 1970s by Bill Curry this is a design classic. Surprisingly it is IP rated for exterior use but the fact that it’s made of mouth blown glass means that it doesn’t lend itself to a great deal of carrying to and fro.

  • IP rating:  IP44
  • Light Temperature: 2700K
  • Lumens:  250
  • Dimmable?  Yes
  • Output time:  Up to 40 hours
  • Approximate price £200

Hipatia LED Portable Table Lamp by Arturo Alvarez


Arturo Alvarez has a wonderful way of creating ethereal lighting with his own unique method of using coated flexible steel structures. This lamp is small but beautiful

  • IP rating:  64
  • Light Temperature: 3000K
  • Lumens:  247
  • Dimmable?  Yes
  • Output time:  6 hours
  • Approximate price £250

Lucca SC51 LED Portable Lamp by &Tradition


A stylish little portable lamp designed by Space Copenhagen, apparently inspired by the warmth of the Tuscan city’s lights.

  • IP rating:  IP44
  • Light Temperature: 2700K
  • Lumens:  143
  • Dimmable?  Yes
  • Output time:  Up to 12 hours
  • Approximate price £123

Sponge to Go Rechargeable LED Table Lamp by Nordlux


This lamp is easy to carry and seems very resilient to rain. A good price too.

  • IP rating:  65
  • Light Temperature: 2700K
  • Lumens:  300
  • Dimmable?  Yes
  • Output time:  Up to 16 hours
  • Approximate price £54

Battery Powered Portable Lamps (Interior)

Although these are not so useful for all year-round use, these battery charged portable  lamps can still be taken outside although they wouldn’t stand up well to damp or wet, so beware.

Follow Me by Marset


This cute little lamp is easy to carry and comes in various colours

  • IP rating:  20
  • Light Temperature: 2700K
  • Lumens:  240
  • Dimmable?  Yes
  • Output time:  Up to 20 hours
  • Approximate price £149


Porta LED Portable Table Lamp by Normann Copenhagen


This little portable table lamp doesn’t give out a huge amount of light but it looks nice and doesn’t take up too much space so easy to store. However, it’s not IP rated for exteriors so only use outside when it’s dry.

  • IP rating:  20
  • Light Temperature: 2800K – 3200K
  • Lumens:  51
  • Dimmable?  Yes
  • Output time:  8 – 90 hours depending on light intensity
  • Approximate price £79


Kizu LED Portable Table Lamp by New Works


This battery powered lamp is a beautiful design with a choice of black, white or grey marble base. Again, not IP rated for exterior situations and not terribly easy to transport on a regular basis, but its beauty makes up for that.

  • IP rating:  20
  • Light Temperature: 2700K
  • Lumens:  175
  • Dimmable?  Yes
  • Output time:  10 hours
  • Approximate price £162

Mini Planet Portable LED Table Lamp by Kartell


A great little lamp for entertaining although it’s more for atmosphere than working light – and it has a designer price label. Comes in various crystal colours.

  • IP rating:  20
  • Light Temperature: 2700K
  • Lumens:  210
  • Dimmable?  Yes
  • Approximate price £212

And finally, the most indulgent designer battery powered lamp for the exterior (although you wouldn’t want to break it!)

In Vitro LED Outdoor Unplugged  by Flos  (Designed by Philippe Starck)


This looks like a lantern with a tiny LED source of light. It’s not cheap but then you’re paying for the design and the name of the designer. Approximately 30 cms height.

  • IP rating:  65
  • Light Temperature: 2700K or 3200K
  • Lumens:  200
  • Dimmable?  Yes
  • Output time:  6 hours
  • Approximate price £650