The best garden lights to help create a picture-perfect scene
Give your outdoor space an easy makeover with these gorgeous garden lights
Looking to jazz up your garden and impress your guests? Whether you're after a cosy night in your garden or an outdoor rave, we've put together a list of the best garden lights so you can decorate your space in a style of your choice.
Perhaps your garden is lacking a set of fairy lights to help decorate an alfresco dinner with friends, or you might be in the market for a more functional, permanent garden feature. Whatever your garden is calling out for, our list of the best garden lights is here to help you add that magical, final touch to your space.
Best garden lights for 2022
Bronze Solar Powered Moroccan Line Lights
We love the detail on these Moroccan Line Lights from John Lewis, and if you'd like your garden lights to be stylish as well as practical, these are a great choice. There are 20 lights on the cable which stretches out to 4.85m. These lights would do a grand job of decorating a patio area and you could pair them with other bronze garden furnishings- such as outdoor plates and wine glasses - if you want to create a colour scheme.
They would also be very cute in a rustic, homemade den alongside your favourite blankets and bold, vibrant cushions.
Cluster Outdoor LED Festoon Lights
The unique style of the bulbs being bunched together makes these Festoon Cluster Lights an interesting and dynamic option. They would look fantastic hanging over a dining table and would also work well with a pergola. If you're looking to increase the energy levels, you can choose from eight flashing settings or if you'd prefer a more muted, calmer evening, you can opt for the steady glow. They hang from a hook which means they are easy to move around.
The lights come fully assembled but you'll need to pick up four AA batteries before you can get hanging.
OxyLED 300 LED Solar Fairy Lights
This classic fairy light design is sure to make any garden scene that little bit more charming.
Made from malleable copper wire, these lights can be weaved, draped and hung in a variety of places. With no electricity required due to the powerful solar panel, these lights are a quick and easy way to add a touch of glamour to your space. If you let the solar panel bask in the sunshine for six to eight hours, you should be provided with 12 hours of light in the evening.
The lights would look particularly effective wrapped around a banister, and would also work well as festive decorations around Christmas time.
ZFITEI Solar Ground Lights
Fancy creating a runway effect? These garden lights light up automatically when it turns dark, making them an energy-efficient option. They would look wonderful along a corridor or garden gate and they are a solid option if you're looking for a more permanent garden feature. The lights can be used for around eight hours once fully charged and can be quickly and easily installed. There are eight lights in the pack and the lack of wiring means they won't ruin a tidy garden.
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128ft Outdoor LED Garden String Lights
With a string as long as 128 ft, these lights are a winner if you're keen to decorate a larger space. These lights are particularly ideal for outdoor use due to their hardy nature. The bulbs are plastic so they are less likely to break in comparison to glass bulbs.
The lights require a power outlet but conveniently, there is a sizeable gap between the plug and the first bulb which is handy when you're looking for the perfect spot in your garden. Their weatherproof nature means they can handle snow, rain and high temperatures, but if you decide you can't handle that, they'd look fabulous in a bedroom too.
Smart Solar Eureka Firefly Lantern
A lovely addition to any garden, this Firefly Lantern would make a fabulous final touch if you're in the process of decorating your garden. The glass bulb contains 12 LED lights that appear tangled up, giving a rustic feel. There is no need for a mains supply so you can place the metal frame in a sunny spot of your choice, so when it comes to the evening, you're ready to go.
Tomshine Solar Lantern Light
If you're not a fan of fairy lights, an outdoor lantern can be a beautiful alternative. The hollowed-out design on this lantern from Tomshine reflects a mesmerising pattern on the ground, making this a very unique and attractive garden feature.
As long as your solar panel is in direct sunlight, this lantern can hang anywhere you like, and it's easy to move around if you fancy a change. It has a built-in 1.2V NiMH AA 600MAH rechargeable battery and should work for eight to ten hours once fully charged. The lantern would help to create a warm atmosphere when you're dining or socialising outside but would look equally gorgeous indoors.
20 Bee LED Solar Fairy Lights
For a fun, playful take on fairy lights, these bee solar fairy lights are likely to be a huge hit.
You can nestle this cute set of lights within a hedgerow, or place them on your garden shed to add a lovely glow. The bees light up automatically when it starts to get dark due to the integrated light sensor, so they are low maintenance. To get the most out of these lights, it's recommended they are used in the lighter seasons of spring and summer rather than all year round.
For more garden inspiration, take a look at our guide to outdoor lighting.
Rachel Howatson is a digital writer who works across a range of Immediate’s special interest brands. Whatever your passion, whether it’s hillwalking, cooking, gardening, running, socialising or even sleeping, she'll likely have written about it.