21 outdoor lights to illuminate your summer evenings

Make the most of your summer evenings with these radiant outdoor lights

Outdoor lights above an outdoor dining table

Warmer days call for evenings spent around the outdoor table, while the mouth-watering smell of the barbeque fills the air and the drinks cooler delivers a never-ending supply of sangria. Enhance this picturesque scenario with outdoor lighting, a crucial way to add ambience and keep the festivities going as the sun goes down.

What lighting is best for outdoors?

From decorative garden lanterns to hanging fairy lights, there’s a myriad of outdoor lighting fixtures and landscape lighting to illuminate your exterior. Play with heights, shapes and colours to create different shadows within your garden or deck.

Hanging lights between tree branches will create a magical, festive feel (try solar lights or hang outdoor lanterns off tree branches), while a portable table lamp or solar lantern will invoke conversation.

Welcome your visitors with an illuminated entranceway — incorporate porch lights or a LED wall light, and even consider light fixtures that cast light upon pathways and steps. We recommend installing floor lights or a focus spotlight to highlight a garden feature like a sculpture or fountain.

What should I look for when buying outdoor lighting?

Consider the durability of your exterior lights, and whether they are weather-resistant (or opt for portable lights that can be stored away when not in use). For energy efficiency, consider solar or LED lights. Lastly, have a think about the intensity of the lights and where they’ll achieve your desired brightness.

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