Written by Hayley Gilbert

10 of the best garden lights

Carry on socialising long after the sun goes down with these illuminating garden lights ideas. Whether you’re after solar-powered, festoon lights, Moroccan lanterns or quirky monkey lamps, Good Homes picks out some of the best on the market…

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1. Colourful string lights

Decorate a patio, balcony or lawn with these colourful, water-resistant Kanor Ball battery-powered warm white 20 LED indoor and outdoor string lights from B&Q (£10). The cable measures 4.1m in length and the lights come with a constant light and timer function for six hours on, 18 hours off £10

B&Q outdoor string lights

Kanor Ball battery-powered LED indoor and outdoor string lights from B&Q

2. Cheeky monkey garden lights

Add a bit of fun to your garden space with Graham & Green’s Outdoor Monkey Lights (priced £236-340). Of all these garden lights ideas we’ve come across, this is one of our favourites – perfect for popping into trees or hanging on a wall to provide a cheeky bit of illumination. Choose from sitting, standing, hanging and ceiling designs to suit your needs.

Hanging monkey statues holding garden lights in patio space beside shed with panelled wall

Graham and Green monkey lights. Photo: @nicbissekerphotography / @veryvictorianmerebrook

3. Modern, wire-free lamp

Cuckooland’s B-Bulb weatherproof lamp (small, £49.99; large, £79.99) is also UV-resistant and offers three levels of brightness with a button control as well as a two-tone option with soft or bright white. Its charged via USB so you don’t need to worry about an outdoor power supply, and comes in two sizes.

Glowing pathway garden light lantern with hanging lights on trees in distance

Cuckooland’s B-Bulb weatherproof lamp

4. Pretty pendant lights

Hang a few of Ella James’ elegant Fretwork solar pendants (reduced from £20 to £14 each) from a tree or parasol for a warm white patterned effect. A 65cm cord, chain and hook allows you to alter the length so you can hang them at different heights for a more playful effect. The pendants have warm white solar LED bulbs which work for six hours at a time, with an on/off switch so you can keep the battery charged up when not in use.

ella james outdoor pendant light decorative garden feature

Ella James’ elegant Fretwork solar pendants

5. Minimalist solar lantern

Light up the garden path or show off an attractive rockery with a few of these Decorative Metal Solar Lanterns from Gardenesque (£24.99). The LED 12 lumens design gives off a warm white glow while the metal casing is finished with a ribbon of small holes for a stunning reflected pattern effect.

Solar powered black circular light in bush

Decorative Metal Solar Lanterns from Gardenesque

6. Industrial-chic porch light

Perfect for hanging over porches, Industville’s Brooklyn outdoor dome wall light (£159) is a stunning combination of pewter and copper and is a durable, weatherproof option that will withstand the elements. If you’re looking for more permanent garden lights ideas, this is the one for you. Its industrial-chic style will look great for years to come.

Hanging lanterns on covered over decking space

Industville Brooklyn outdoor dome wall light

7. Moroccan lanterns

Perfect for evening parties, these Tyvek fabric solar lanterns from Lights4fun each give around six hours of illumination. Each lantern has a delicate flower detailing, which radiates an enchanting pattern around your space when dusk falls. They are breathable and water resistant, so they can be enjoyed year after year. Set of five, £156.99.

Lights 4 Fun moroccan lanterns come in multiple shapes and colours

Tyvek solar lanterns from Lights4fun. Photo: Oliver Perrot

8. Cane lantern

Wicker and rattan are big trends for 2022, so get the look with this tidy garden lights idea – a woven-effect Solar cane lantern by Cox & Cox (£25). Hang it from a tree or hook on the garden wall using its useful handle, or pop it on a tabletop to illuminate an al fresco night cap. It provides six hours of light and has an on/off switch so you don’t waste power.

solar powered table lamp with woven rattan effect

Solar cane lantern from Cox & Cox

9. Cheap and cheerful stake lights

Looking for cheap garden lights ideas? Illuminate a garden pathway without breaking the bank with this pack of 10 solar colour-changing stake lights from Studio. Place them in direct sunlight to get the best charge and then watch as they change colour after sunset. Currently reduced from £15 to £8, they’re a real bargain!

cheap solar-power stake lights for the garden that change colour a dusk

10 solar colour-changing stake lights from Studio

10. LED outdoor touch-lamp

This cordless Troy LED outdoor lamp (£15) from Iconic Lights features three levels of mood lighting that can be changed at the touch of a button. It’s charged by USB and offers up to 7 hours battery life at its brightest setting.  It’s available in chrome, gold and copper and can also be used indoors. Style these garden lights individually or group a few together to really make an impact.

copper outdoor table lamp with usb charging and touch on and off

Troy LED outdoor lamp from Iconic Lights