7 Tips On How To Choose The Right Garden Lighting For Your Home


When it comes to garden lighting, there are many different options to choose from. It can be tough to know which type of lighting is right for your garden. In this article, we will discuss the different types of garden lighting and how to choose the right type for your home.

1. Choose the Right Type of Lighting

There are many different types of garden lighting to choose from, and each has its own unique benefits.

One type of garden lighting is outdoor lighting. Outdoor lighting can be used to illuminate pathways and gardens in a natural way. It can also be used to create a more dramatic atmosphere in your garden or landscape. Outdoor lighting is typically brighter than other types of garden lighting, so it’s best suited for use near entrances or patios.

Another type of garden light is landscape lighting. Landscape lighting is designed to add a touch of elegance and class to your home’s exterior. It can be used to accentuate ponds and gardens, or to create a more subtle ambiance at night. Landscape lights typically emit a softer light than outdoor lights, so they’re better suited for use in larger gardens or areas that don’t need as much illumination.

Different types of garden lights include string lights/fairy lights, solar-powered torch lights that stick in the ground, flower beds or plant pots, and wall-mounted lights.

2. Consider Your Needs When Choosing Garden Lighting

When assessing your needs when choosing garden lighting, it’s important to consider what you want your light to do.

Some people want their garden lights to create an environment that feels like being outside at night; others want their lights to help them see what they’re doing while they’re gardening; still others want both functions in one fixture.

If you want to light a patio at night,  you’ll want to look for patio lights that emit a bright light so that you can see what you’re doing. This can either be a security light powered by the mains electric or a solar powered light with bright bulbs. If you wish to entertain in the evening or merely accentuate aspects of your garden, then a softer light may be more appropriate, such as fairy lights or torch lights.

Once you have determined what you need your light for, it’s easy to choose the right type of garden lighting for your home!

3. Consider the Location of the Lighting

When selecting garden lights, it’s important to take into account where they will be placed.

Some lights are designed to be placed near the ground, while others are meant for a higher up position. Lights that are meant for a lower down position may create shadows on plants if they’re positioned too high.

Some lights can be positioned alongside a path to illuminate the walkway. Others can be placed within the foliage or plants, such as string lights or torch lights, to provide a party atmosphere or celebration – or simply to add a bit of magic to your garden at night.

If you have neighbours, then it’s paramount that your lighting is directed in a way that won’t shine at other people’s properties, such as the house opposite, otherwise you may get an angry neighbour knocking on your door. In this case, if you have an outside light that is quite bright, make sure it facing downwards so the beam is lighting your property only.

4. Choose the Right Size of Lighting

When choosing garden lights, it’s important to also take into account the size of the fixture.

Lights that are too small will give off a weak light, while lights that are too large may be too expensive or difficult to install.

There are several factors you can use to determine the right size of light for your needs: the size of your garden, the number of plants in your garden, and the width of your yard.

In general, the larger the garden or patio, the larger or stronger the bulb you will need to light the area. However, the size of the light fixture also depends on its use. If it’s only used to provide an ambiance, then smaller lights are more suited. If you’re doing work outside, then you’ll need bigger lights to illuminate the space so you can see better.

5. Consider Whether You Want Separate Lights for Each Function

Some people want separate lights for each function, such as garden and landscape lighting. Other people want one light that does everything.

If you plan on having separate lights for each function, you’ll need to decide what type of fixture you want. There are several options available, including spotlights, floodlights, and cordless fixtures.

If you only want one light that does both functions, there are several options available including recessed or flush mount fixtures.

6. Consider the Budget

When choosing garden lights, it’s important to also take into account the budget.

Some of the best lights on the market are very affordable. However, there are also a number of high-end options that are quite expensive.

If you’re on a tight budget, it’s important to consider what you need and what you’re willing to pay.

If you’re concerned about energy prices, then solar powered lights are a great choice as they collect their energy in the sun so that they can be powered in the dark, however from experience these lights can be a bit and miss whether they work or not.

7. Consider Whether You Want Lights That Are Motion-Activated or Not

Some people want lights that are motion-activated. These lights turn on when someone enters the area and turn off when they leave. These are usually used for security lights to light up when someone passes the beam, or garden lights to illuminate the garden when someone is passing by.  If you come home during the dark, then a motion-activated light is ideal to illuminate the area until you’ve entered your property.

Motion-activated lights are suitable where you temporarily need the light to be switched on but is no good for outdoor lights that need to be on for longer than a minute or so.

If you’re looking for a garden light that will stay illuminated for a long period of time, then it’s best to opt for something like lights with an electric switch, so you can turn them off and on at will.


Choosing the right garden lighting can be a daunting task with so much choice available. However, by arming yourself with the right information and narrowing down what you want to use the lighting for, it can be easy to choose the perfect type of lighting for your patio or garden.

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