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Simple Ideas for Outdoor Lighting this Summer

The sun has finally got his hat on and the weather is starting to heat up, which means that it’s safe to say that summer has officially arrived. With that in mind, you will most probably want to spend as much time outside soaking up the sun as possible. If you are someone who loves sitting out in their garden every evening listening to music, sipping a glass of Sangria, or relaxing with a book, you may not look forward to sunset, as it means that you will have to head back inside. How about instead of having to go indoors once it starts to get dark, you opt to give your garden a little update with the perfect lighting solutions? Just think, with the right lights you could spend even more time outside enjoying the warm weather.

Below is a list of all the best outdoor lighting ideas that are perfect for those long summer nights and making the most of the lovely warm weather.

Solar powered outdoor fairy lights

For adding a warm glow to your garden, putting up a few strings of fairy lights could be perfect. To avoid having to plug them into the mains or keeping changing the batteries, it’s best to opt for solar powered fairy lights that come on automatically at night. That way, whenever the sun is out the lights will charge up, ready to be used at night. There are plenty of designs to choose from, but for a retro vibe pick solar powered fairy lights with copper wiring inside them and string them up on fences, in the trees, or along the edge of the roof.

Pond or pool lights

If you have a pond or a pool in your garden, you can use it to help light the space up. Water seems to make light go further, so investing in pool or pond lights can help to add light to the whole garden. It’s not a bright light but a nice relaxing glow. There are all sorts of pond and pool lights to choose from – there are some that are battery powered while other are mains powered, there are even solar powered designs to choose from, it’s just a case of finding the option that’s the best fit for your garden (and budget).

Strip lights

For lighting up any flat or straight area, such as walkways, borders, decking, or areas of patio, strip lights are the best option. These are fantastic as they give off a lot of light but don’t present a trip hazard as they usually can be fitted flat to the floor or along the edge of an area, such as on the edge of a step, for instance. You can even get solar powered strip lighting, making lighting your garden cost-effective and eco-friendly.


There’s something wonderfully elegant about lanterns; perhaps it’s something to do with the age of the tradition of carrying light in a glass holder? For lighting up your garden, investing in outdoor lanterns could be the perfect option, whether they’re lanterns that require candles or have a different light source it doesn’t matter. From strings of lanterns to large, hand-held ones, there are plenty of options to consider.

Want to light up your garden this summer and make the most of those long summer nights? If the answer is yes, it could be worth implementing one or two of the outdoor lighting ideas mentioned above. For further inspiration head to Sherwoodlighting.co.uk who have a great range of modern and contemporary outdoor and indoor lighting to choose from.

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One comment on “Simple Ideas for Outdoor Lighting this Summer”

  1. carl barton says:

    Some nice ideas listed here, simple lighting can be really effective and you don’t need to spend a fortune in the process.

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