If you think your outdoor is too dark to see anything when the day is getting dark, you should consider not about setting a electric lamp to brightening the surrounding anymore. You need to change your need to something that could save you money, yet can lighting your home and hall ways.
The solution is of course to use the solar powered light, like this nice looking solar light.
If you have a chance to take a look at the similar light which I have covered some times ago, like the Solar Powered Courtesy Light (also see the Asian Style Solar Lantern), Solar Light Wall have the same technology and the design is pretty good to camouflage the solar cell, so it looks exactly like normal nice looking lamp.
This Solar Light Wall provides you 8 hours of light per charge using its 2 AA rechargeable batteries (included) which is replacable if broken. Only for $19.98 to start lighting up your patio with this solar light wall.