Must-Have Garden Lighting

Every year I tend to always buy new outdoor lighting. Yes, sometimes the garden *may* look like an airport at night, but I love the look of lights dotted all over the place. Whether that’s hanging from a fence or lighting up the plants in the borders.

When it comes to garden lighting the options are simply endless! Lights help you enjoy your garden for longer deep into the evening during the summer. Even when the summer sun starts to fade and we move into autumn, having perfect lighting will not only make it look great from inside but will invite you out to spend more time out there.

I’ve rounded up my favourite garden lighting for 2018 with a mix of mains-powered and solar-powered lights. Obviously, this is, of course, personal preference which you choose and all depends on the type of garden you have. If you’re hosting a BBQ soon, take a look at my post on the best BBQ and garden accessories for 2018.

Battery/solar powered garden lighting

Eureka Retro Solar LED String Lights
Eureka Retro Solar LED String Lights, £10.99, Lighting Direct

These are perfect for hanging from trees, bushes or even strung across a courtyard area. These retro style lightbulbs look great at night and are on-trend! The bulbs are made from glass to give it that true style with a warm white LED inside each. Hang these up in your garden, position the solar panel in the sunlight and enjoy the lights in the evening. These are on my wishlist!

Birdcage Solar Lights
Solar Style Caged Solar Lights – Birdcage, £16.99, Waltons

As soon as I saw these, I knew they had to be featured. These stylish solar caged style lights look great strung across a wall or fence. The cage design gives a nice shadow pattern whatever they’re set against. These are solar powered so can be placed wherever you want to outside.

Waltons have been very kind and sent us a pack of these lights to try out. Keep an eye out for their inclusion in photo shoots and a review about them on the blog very soon!

Black Remote Control Solar Powered Pendant Light Kaleidoscope
Black Remote Control Solar Powered Pendant Light, £29, Kaleidoscope

If you have a pergola in your garden, this is one light you will love! This is an extremely versatile remote control solar powered pendant light which is ideal for use where mains power is not available. This would look great in a pergola or inside a porch. It features a bright LED light which can be turned on and off using the pull cord or the remote control. As the solar panel is separate from the light on a 300cm wire, you can place the solar panel in the optimum position.

LED Solar Powered Table Lamp IKEA
SOLVINDEN LED solar-powered table lamp, £8 – £12, IKEA

I spotted these lamps when they arrived in IKEA earlier this year. These table lamps charge with the sun from the day and switch when its dark. They produce a soft warm glow which is perfect for a relaxed evening in the garden with friends. The rechargeable battery is hidden inside the lamp to protect it from water. Available in two sizes, 14cm in height and 42cm in height.

lutec table cube portable solar powered led bollard light in graphite with touch dimmer
Lutec Table Cube Portable Solar Powered LED Bollard Light, £33.87, Dusk Lighting

I’m all for unique looking solar lighting. Who wants something standard anyway? These lights by Lutec look modern and stylish, something you’d probably see in the grounds of an art museum! These bollard lights are height adjustable so they can fit any space perfectly. There’s a 3 stage touch dimmer for the perfect level of light. Simply attach the ground spike and place them where you wish.

Smart Garden cool flame rustic lantern lifestyle
Rustic Lantern by Smart Garden, £19.99, Haskins Garden Centres

Perfect beside a bench in the evening, this Rustic Lantern by Smart Garden is new for 2018. It features a warm glowing LED which has a realistic flaming effect. Creating the feel of a fire inside the lantern! Battery powered, these are ideal for use outside and you could even use them inside. The warm flickering light is perfect for relaxing in the garden with some drinks and nibbles.

Mains powered garden lighting

Ingenious Staggered Festoon Lighting Belt Urban House Collection 2018
Ingenious Staggered Festoon Lighting Belt, £50, Lights4Fun

I am in love with festoon lighting. It’s definitely something I want hanging over my patio/courtyard area to brighten up the area at night! These festoon lights from Lights4Fun are 5 metres in length with 10 sockets, perfect for creating a nice light hanging overhead. Unlike other festoon lighting products, these bulbs vary in drop height. This means the bulbs will hang at different heights throughout the length, offering a very unique look. As these are connectable, you can buy multiple sets if you’ve got a larger space to cover!

Portobello John Cullen Lighting
Portobello, £239, John Cullen Lighting

If you want your lighting to be as discreet as possible, the Portobello from John Cullen Lighting may be perfect for you. It is a little higher priced than many other lights here, but it’s absolutely beautiful! This is a modern mushroom-like spike light which is ideal for paths and borders. Producing a 360-degree light all around, lighting up everything you need. The light source is an LED which is extremely energy efficient and can be used in conjunction with other lights from the brand. There’s no need to remove it come winter as it has been designed to withstand extreme temperatures!

Tripod Outdoor Floor Lamp
Tripod Outdoor Floor Lamp, £87.50, Cox & Cox

I absolutely love the idea of turning your outside space into an al fresco lounge. This is the perfect way to spend your time in this glorious sunshine! I’ve spotted outdoor floor lamps a few times over the years and it’s definitely on my wishlist. This Tripod Outdoor Floor Lamp from Cox & Cox looks stylish and simple – you’ll definitely get compliments with this! The simple white shade with grey tipped tripod base will fit in easily with any colour scheme. Pair it with an outdoor lounge set and it will look perfect! Plus, this is currently reduced to £87.50 from £175 – BARGAIN!

I hope you liked my round-up of outdoor lighting! What’s your favourite? Let me know in the comments below and share any other lighting you’ve found which you absolutely love!

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