What is the best garden lighting to buy

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What is the best garden lighting to buy - Home Guide Expert

What is the best garden lighting to buy

Summer is drawing closer and we tend to think about preparing our outside spaces at this time for a hopefully warm season ahead.  There is nothing quite like looking out onto a subtly or brightly lit garden on a beautifully warm Summers evening when you have friends and family over.  So if you want to know what is the best garden lighting to buy, first you need to work out what you want them to achieve and what you need them for.

What Function do you need a garden light for?

First, decide on what function you need gardening lighting for.  Do you need practical lighting, security lighting or just to make the space look warm and inviting for entertaining purposes?  Maybe you want somewhere to relax and unwind or you want to light it up for the kids so they can play safely.  Not only does any form of garden lighting look good but it may also need to provide a measure of security for your garden too.   Lighting can give your outside space a beautiful and dramatic effect when entertaining family and friends throughout the year but you can also use them to make your property more secure.  By lighting up those areas that cannot be seen from inside your house, you can make your property more secure from burglars.

How Will Your Garden Lighting Be Powered?

Most garden lighting is solar powered but more and more households are installing more elaborate forms of garden lighting.  These require electrical power and consume more running costs.  Wired electrical lighting should be installed safely and correctly by a qualified electrician.  To find an electrician, click here.  Wired electrical lighting is generally much more powerful, brighter and more reliable than solar-powered lights, particularly if your garden party goes into the late evenings throughout any season of the year.  Whichever you choose, look at the costs related to each type of light and weigh up those costs before taking the plunge.

Let’s explain the different types of garden lighting in more detail

Solar Powered Garden Lights

What is the best garden lighting to buy - Home Guide Expert

These are charged by the sun which means in the winter months, they may not be able to run a full charge on cloudy days.  There are many options available and work beautifully in the Summer months when they are able to charge fully by the suns rays throughout the day.  Solar lights are not as bright as electric-powered lights and may dim in the later stages of the evenings if the day has been cloudy earlier or may not even work that evening.  This type of lighting is solar powered but may also come with a battery compartment to give it a boost on cloudy days.

Security Lighting

What is the best garden lighting to buy - Home Guide Expert

This type of lighting can be quite bright and harsh but depending on the size of your garden, it can completely light up your garden when you turn it on or have it on a sensor.  The sensor is not ideal to use when you have guests in your garden as it can quite quickly become annoying going on and off all the time.  Most security lighting comes with settings that you can leave permanently on or with its sensor mode (only reacts to movement).  This type of lighting would need to be electrically wired to your property and is also available in solar power.

Security Lighting with Camera

What is the best garden lighting to buy

If you are more security conscious, you could always install security lighting with a fitted camera or buy one that has it all.  Ring has introduced the Ring Floodlight Cam that has a security camera, security light that can be hard-wired to the mains and works with Alexa devices.  This type of lighting would need to be electrically wired to your property.

Floor Lights

What is the best garden lighting to buy - Home Guide Expert

Floor lights are specifically designed to light up your patio and garden path areas to help you avoid trips and falls.  This type of lighting can be battery-operated, solar-powered and electrically wired.

Festoon Lights

What is the best garden lighting to buy - Home Guide Expert

Festoon lighting is big bulb garland lights in either multi-coloured or warm whites.  Globally known as party lights or café lights they are available in different styles, shapes and sizes. Indoor and outdoor Festoon lights can be adapted to become connectable festoon lights via an extension lead.  To find out more about Festoon lights, click here to view our new guide for 2021.  Some Festoon lights have bendy wires which allow you to work with them around any object.  This type of lighting comes in solar-powered, battery-operated and electrically wired.

Garden Spike Lights

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This type of light stylishly illuminates your plants, trees, shrubs and garden paths and can be placed anywhere in your outside space in the ground.  Just pick a spot on your lawn or bedding area and you are ready to go.  You can use them to subtly light up your favourite areas in your outside space.  Available with a range of halogen and LED bulbs and a huge range of colours to suit your taste. This type of lighting comes in solar-powered and electrical wired.

Outdoor Wall Lights/Lanterns

What is the best garden lighting to buy - Home Guide Expert

Outdoor wall lights and lanterns can create a stylishly brightly or low lit effect to your outside space.  To get the most out of these lights, try to select one with a long-lasting and more energy-efficient LED bulb that is incredibly cost-effective.  Some are available with dimmer options to brighten or lower the light and some are also available that can be tilted to the desired area that you want to give the required ambience setting.  This type of lighting comes in solar-powered and electrical wired.

Fairy Lights

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Fairy lights come in all forms including battery-operated and wired.  Both can be intricately woven into plants and trees, shrubs, bushes and garden fences to create a beautiful scene for a garden party.  This type of lighting comes in solar-powered, battery-operated and electrically wired.

We chose a few of our favourite practical outdoor solutions to suit your space:

Outdoor Wall Lights/Lanterns/Security Lights

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This one simply has it all.  Lighting with a built-in sensor.  Sebson LED outdoor lights with motion detector.  This lamp has a PIR motion detector with a detection range of 9m and a detection angle of 140°.  The lighting duration can be adjusted from 10 seconds to 5 minutes.  The switch-on sensitivity can also be regulated, respectively at which lighting conditions (3-2000 LUX) the motion detector activates the lamp.  If you want to know what is the best garden lighting to buy for your garden walls, this will not disappoint.

  • Integrated LEDs
  • Protection grade: IP54 (suitable for indoor and outdoor)
  • Protection class: II
  • Emitter: Diffusor
  • The lamp does not turn off while there is movement in the covered range
  • Operating voltage: 220-240V AC, 50 Hz
  • Maximum power: 15W
  • Brightness: 1000lm
  • Colour temperature: 5800K
  • Dimensions: 250 x 65 x 176mm
  • Material: Synthetics, PC; polycarbonate)

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This Outdoor Modern Wall Lantern design spans the gap between past and present with a unique combination of classic and contemporary elements.  The attractive wall lantern fitting makes a good addition to the exteriors of both commercial and domestic properties.  Smoked grey rectangular frame with clear diffuser making this a fantastic garden wall luminaire.  Only suitable for LED bulbs max 15w E27 – Zenon lighting collection understands the importance of moving forward with the products it produces. So manufacturing new wall lights that are only LED bulb compatible is the way to allow customers to save money on running costs of up to 90%. Why waste money on a 60w bulb when a 6w LED will do the same equivalent.  IP44 Waterproof, 220 – 240v mains powered, Please note: these lights are NOT suitable for seafront areas and properties.  The fixture is supplied with a 4w LED bulb which is equivalent to 40w in warm white colour temperature in a clear glass design to really bring out the character of this fitting.  Once the bulb goes it is easily replaceable. Not suitable for dimmer switch or timers.  If you want to know what is the best garden lighting to buy for your garden walls or extension, this would make a perfect addition to your outside space.

Freestanding Garden Lights

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This charming vintage style, single head, outdoor lamp post would make a statement in any garden.  Constructed from durable black resin, it stands at 1.2m tall and offers an IP44 rating, meaning it is fully certified for outdoor installation.  The stylish, Victorian-looking lamp will complement any garden or patio perfectly and will give any setting in which it’s placed a much more traditional feel.  Requires 1 x ES E27 (Edison screw) bulbs – not supplied.   This gorgeous outdoor lamp post connects to the mains with a plastic connecting block inside the lower part of the upright.  If you want to know what is the best garden lighting to buy for your garden, this is a beautiful freestanding outdoor lamp post.

Indoor and Outdoor Floor Garden Lights

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These bright warm white LED decking lights give an impressive starry effect, adding a touch of glamour to your outside space.  Each light has a black protective shell for embedding in any decking or stone stairs.  These energy-saving (with long life span) superior quality LED garden lights with DC12V low voltage output, are durable and stable with a copper 2 pin connector (DC 12V transformer included).  Made of high-quality Acrylic/ABS and 304 stainless steel, the lights body and power supply are all glue-filled, completely insulated and water-proof IP67.  The 16pcs LED dot lights are detachable and in parallel connection.  Easy to install.  Perfect for decking areas, patios, eaves, walkways, indoor and outdoors.  Comes with an 18-month warranty.  If you want to know what is the best garden lighting to buy for your patio, decking or garden stairs, this will not disappoint.

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