Best garden lighting 2019: string lights, wall lights, post lights, solar lights and more...

Our pick of the best garden lighting is just what you need this summer. From twinkly trees and sparkly flora to gentle guidance up your garden path, we've covered all the bases

the best garden lighting: Acid drop light by Curiosa & Curiosa
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Looking for the best garden lighting to make the most of this lovely weather we're having? Good garden lighting can be decorative, practical, or even a blend of the two, allowing you to make full use of your garden’s potential beyond a couple of rose plants, an evergreen bush, and a gravel path. 

In fact, it can bring gardens to life, and is especially valued in the summer months when dining al fresco, hot-tubbing or simply having a few glasses of wine in front of the chimenea are more commonplace than in winter. 

Planning your garden lighting can be tricky – combining the needs of style, security and simply being able to see when you put the bins out. But once you have decided on your priorities (be it task, accent or ambient lighting), the rest comes down to choosing the most attractive options in your price range.

If you like the idea of garden lighting, but don't know where to start, find guidance in our guide to how to plan your garden lighting. Then, check out our sourcebook of garden suppliers for all your garden shopping needs. 

What are the best garden lights?

The most decorative garden lights are fairy lights, which can be woven intricately through trees, trellises, shrubs or bushes to create a subtle, atmospheric feel. In that instance, The Solar Centre Lumify 300 are our top pick.

Alternatively, sculpture pieces, like the Solar Bay Tree Lights, are a fantastic ‘quick fix’ decorative solution and can be placed along entrance ways or pathways for a pretty, illuminating feature. Read on for more information on both – and more.

How to buy the best garden lights


Before you choose garden lighting, you'll want to think carefully about the function you'd like it to serve. Practical, aesthetic, or both?

Wall lights are the perfect example of a practical yet decorative garden lighting, and they’re a warmer alternative to harsh floodlights which are probably a bit too intrusive if you’re planning on having friends round for an evening BBQ. Outdoor wall lights exist in all shapes and sizes, providing an opportunity for style aficionados to indulge their keen eye in their garden, as well as their interior decor.

Those who are tired of tripping over the edges of their garden path may want to consider floor lights. Floor lights are often solar powered, so they’ll be ready and waiting to guide you safely down the middle of your path every time you return home in the dark. Our second pick, Long Life Lamp Company Outdoor Garden Spike Lights, provides an effective, decorative parameter for those who want to avoid stepping on their delicate shrubs in the dark. 


As we’ve already suggested, garden lighting is, more often than not, solar powered, which means it involves absolutely no running costs. That being said, it relies on the sun’s power for their charge, so you may find that the light begins to dim fairly early into the night if the day has been particularly dull. Alternatively, you can purchase mains powered lights. These are often more powerful and are a more reliable addition, especially if you plan to be hosting late evenings in your garden during the summer. 

The best garden lighting you can buy right now

the best garden lighting: The Solar Centre Lumify

1. The Solar Centre Lumify 300

Best garden string lights: create your desired atmosphere with these beautifully bright fairy lights

Best for: Tree lights
Power: Solar
Colour: White
Reasons to buy
+ Solar and USB charging + 8 different lighting options 
Reasons to avoid
- LED lights are not replaceable… but last 20,000 hours 

With a length of 32 metres, you can weave these The Solar Centre Lumify 300 Fairy Lights through trees, shrubs and bushes, illuminating your garden in a subtly intricate way. Each LED light is powerfully bright are powered solely by solar power.

The lights come with a detachable control box, allowing you to play around with the settings from wherever you’re sat. With a special winter power saving mode, you can even enjoy these lights from inside, for longer, and with 2 metres of wire before the first light, you should be able to place the solar panel in the ideal spot.  

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the best garden lighting: Long Life Lamp Company spike lights, black

2. Long Life Lamp Company Outdoor Garden Spike Light

Best garden post lights: illuminate your favourite garden features, or use them as a stylish security option

Best for: Multi-purpose
Power: Mains
Colour: White, blue, green,red
Reasons to buy
+ Range of compatible bulb colours + Mains powered for constant light 
Reasons to avoid
- Bulbs come separately 

These multi-purpose, Long Life Lamp Company Outdoor Garden Spike Lights are a great choice if you’re looking for a subtle security feature or a way to illuminate a garden path.

Mains powered, they’re a much more reliable choice than solar power, and they’re capable of a much brighter output, too. They’re compatible with both LED and halogen bulbs, and with white, blue, green and red just some of the colours available, there’s plenty of scope for you to make them the perfect decorative feature for your garden.  

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the best garden lighting: John Lewis Strom Outdoor Wall Light, copper

3. John Lewis Strom LED Outdoor Wall Light

Best electric garden lights: the perfect garden light for courtyards and patios

Best for: Wall lighting
Power: Mains
Colour: Yellow
Reasons to buy
+ Very stylish + Three metallic colours available 
Reasons to avoid
- Mains powered  

If you’re looking to create a stylish outside area in which to wine and dine, this modern John Lewis Strom LED Outdoor Wall Light could be the perfect choice. Available in copper, silver and black, these mains powered lights will provide your outside area with a warm, reliable light. Unlike our previous choice, the wall light comes with long-lasting LED bulbs, which can be dimmed to create your ideal ambiance.  

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the best garden lighting: David Hunt Admiral Wall Light, oval-shaped industrial-look bulb with bronze-coloured caging

4. David Hunt Admiral Wall Light

Best garden wall lights: unique garden lighting which blends the old with the new

Best for: Traditional lighting
Power: Mains
Colour: Yellow/white
Reasons to buy
+ Designed and made in the UK + Handmade and finished using traditional techniques 
Reasons to avoid
- Perhaps too obscure for some 

Taking inspiration from traditional nautical style, this David Hunt Admiral Wall Light combines the old with new ideas to create contemporary lighting that will look great on your outside wall.

Designed in the UK and made in the Cotswolds, those passionate about investing in UK products will be pleased to know about the origins of this unique light. Blending textures, colours and materials, David Hunt has a range of nautical themed lighting, enabling you to create an exterior theme for your outside area.  

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the best garden lighting: Nordlux Vejers Outdoor Wall Lantern, black

5. Nordlux Vejers Outdoor Wall Lantern

Best porch light: a durable galvanised steel outside light that emits a soft glow

Best for: Avoiding light pollution
Power: Mains
Colour: Yellow
Reasons to buy
+ Strong and durable + Emits low levels of light 
Reasons to avoid
- Not bright enough for some 

If you’re looking to invest in garden lighting to place near windows and doors, you may want to look at low level lighting, which won’t filter inside and interrupt sleeping. 

While strong and sturdy, these Nordlux Vejers Outdoor Wall Lanterns  have been designed to softly filter light downwards, rather than outwards, which means the light emitted is contained, rather than dispersed. Featuring anti-rust coating with a black stainless steel finish, these are traditional lights that will look great in almost any outside environment. 

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best solar festoon lights: Argos Home Solar 20 Festoon Warm White Lights

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6. Argos Home Solar 20 Festoon Warm White Lights

Best solar garden lightings: with a vintage look, these lights will add a special touch any garden

Best for: Decorative feature
Power: Solar
Colour: Warm white
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to install + Great value 
Reasons to avoid
- Fragile

These Argos Home festoon lights have the beautiful shape of vintage tungsten lightbulbs, and look whimsical and delicate when put up in a tree or above your garden dining table on a string. Solar powered, they won’t cost you anything to run. And at just £20 for 20, these lights are incredibly cost effective, making them a great addition to your outside area.  

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3 Outdoor Battery LED Candles

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7. 3 Outdoor Battery LED Candles

Best battery operated garden lighting

Best for: Realistic candle alternative
Power: C type batteries
Colour: Ivory
Reasons to buy
+Realistic looking+6 hour timer option+Come as a pack of 3

Love having candles out in the garden, but are concerned about safety, or rainy weather? These good-looking, battery-powered LED candle lights from Lights4fun can withstand any weather, with clever small holes at the top and bottom allowing rain water to drain instead of pooling inside them. The amber LED lights flicker to create a realistic candlelit ambience, and the plastic used for the body is durable and smooth. You can also set these lights on a six-hour timer, so you won't need to remember to switch them off when you go in. 

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