Garden lights can transform your outdoor space into a place that can be enjoyed even after the sun has gone down. Whether you want to hold a summer garden party, add lighting for safety reasons, or create visual interest in your garden, there’s garden lighting out there for you. From garden path, decking, solar powered, and garden string lights, there are a number of ways of lighting up your garden to give it an ambience or to safely guide the way in the dark.
What are solar garden lights?
Solar lights are powered by the energy collected from the sun by a solar cell. They are popular as they they are simple to install and don’t require wiring. Most lights will have a solar cell incorporated into them and will absorb their energy during the day from the daylight and then this will power their light at night. This means that there's no need for wires and complicated electrics, and no added charge on your electricity bill. Solar garden lights have been developed to not need 12 hours of full sunshine in order to work, but it is true that the more direct sunlight they get, the more efficient they will be.
Which garden lights are best for my outdoor space?
There’s a vast range of lighting suitable for using outside in the garden. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most popular types:
- Decking Lights:
If you have a decked area then decking lights are a good idea in order to make sure no one trips up or falls down from the decking in the dark. They can also create a beautiful starlit atmosphere if you're enjoying long, warm summer evenings out in your garden. Most decking lights will be recessed ground lights so that they can be flush to the decking and not cause any additional trips or obstruct furniture, but you can also find concealed lighting that can be installed under the edge of your decking or steps to create a very contemporary glow over your deck.
- Path Lights:
Path lights are useful if you have a large garden or a very dark garden that you may need to navigate through, for example to get from house to car, driveway or street, or vice versa. Solar lights can be used for this, but if you need your lighting to be reliable, think instead about LED garden lights that are either powered by a battery or have been installed by an electrician.
- Ambient Lamps and Lanterns:
If you're adding outdoor lighting to create an atmosphere rather than for safety reasons, there are also lots of beautiful garden lamps, lanterns and other lights that can be added to your outside space in order to make it look beautiful at night. Moroccan-inspired lanterns, modern light installations and pretty fairy lights are just a few of the ways you can light up your garden with a nod to your design style.
Should I opt for solar, battery or mains powered garden lights?
This depends on your requirements and personal preference. Battery and solar powered garden lights are easy to set up yourself, are eco-friendly in comparison to electric garden lights and won’t add to your electricity bill. Mains powered garden lights shine much brighter than battery and solar lights, but will be more complex to set up. If you settle on this choice, talk to a lighting professional who can help to install your lighting and fully brief you on how to use them.
Regardless of whether you’re looking for garden wall lights or outdoor party lighting, Houzz is bound to have the perfect garden lights for your home.