garden lighting

Garden Lighting Ideas

Practical & decorative light for the outdoors

In the summer months, the garden is a sociable place where you want to spend time with family and friends over a few glasses of wine or a barbecue. And by adding practical or decorative lights, you can create the perfect mood for the occasion. If you’re looking for lighting ideas for your garden, you’ve come to the right place.

Illuminate garden paths Path lights for the garden

Everything looks different in the dark, including your garden path which can become a trip hazard. By adding spotlights and pillar lights to your pathways, you add safety as well as an attractive lighting feature.

LED spike lights

The advantage of LED spike lights is that they can be moved to your heart's content. As a solar light, they do not require any cables and can enrich the lighting concept at any time.

Path lights

Path lighting with a motion detector switches the light on when you step onto the path. In contrast to permanently lit path lights, these will save you money on your energy bills.

Pillar lights

There are pillar lights with and without motion detectors. In addition to paths, they can also be installed on railings or walls and are available in modern and classic designs.

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Expert tip: Saving with LED technology

LED bulbs save you up to 90% energy compared to older lighting methods, which has a positive impact on decreasing the overall cost of bills and your carbon footprint. In addition, outdoor LED lights are almost maintenance-free due to their long service life. Old light bulbs with sockets can easily be replaced with LEDs. For example, an E27 halogen bulb can be swapped with an E27 LED. If you want to save even more, opt for high-quality LED solar garden lights.

Plant & tree lighting Illuminating trees and plants

If you don't want your garden in full bloom to disappear when dusk falls when it's in full bloom, ground spikes and spotlights are a great lighting idea - especially when added to flower beds and trees.

Outdoor spotlights

Use outdoor spotlights to highlight trees and flower beds with directed light, creating an exciting play of light and shadow that draws everyone's attention and enhances the view.

Ground spotlights

Like outdoor spotlights, ground spotlights also provide directed light for beds and plants. They’re often designed to look like stones and rocks to make sure they blend in.

Ground spikes

The advantage of ground spikes is they can be moved to your heart's content. Why? Because as they’re solar-powered, you can move them repeatedly without worrying about cables.

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Expert tip: Lighting without energy costs

Anyone who wants to illuminate their garden without any electricity at all is well advised to use solar lights that rely on energy-efficient LED technology. The advantages: no electricity costs, no cable laying, no plugs. The decorative or practical light sources fit flexibly into the garden. For optimal charging of the solar battery, always place the solar module in a sunny spot facing south and keep it free of dirt and leaves. If you want to be on the safe side, you are well advised to use hybrid lights that rely on the main power supply if the sun's rays are insufficient. In the first instance, hybrid lights are powered by solar energy, but connect directly to the power grid if this should ever run low.

Decorative lights for every corner Cosy garden lighting

In summer, the balcony, terrace and garden are where we spend most of our time. One method which is essential for creating a cosy atmosphere for these areas is having bulbs with a colour temperature of 3,300 Kelvin or less. A must-have among many other trends for the summer: Portable lights, solar lights, pendant lights and globe lights.

Outdoor fairy lights

Fairy lights bring a lovely touch to your outdoor oasis. As they come in numerous creative designs and colours, they brighten outdoor spaces in more ways than one. Fairy lights with solar panels are a super-smart way of lighting the garden.

Outdoor table lamps

Outdoor table lamps are perfect decorative objects for barbecues or just for relaxing outside. They're available in a variety of designs and warm light colours, also as Light2Go with rechargeable batteries.

Outdoor floor lamps

Outdoor floor lamps are essential for crafting an inviting ambience, elevating your outdoor space. Not only do they infuse a feel-good atmosphere, but these versatile lamps also provide illumination for activities such as barbecuing, reading, or enjoying a nice dinner.

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Expert tip: Enjoy bright outdoor trends

We look forward to the latest lighting trends not only for our living rooms. The outdoor area can also be spruced up every year. Let yourself be inspired by other must-have trends for the summer garden.

In and around the garden pond and pool Pond & pool lighting

An illuminated garden pond or pool is a real gem you will want to show off. Having lights in your pool or pond allows you to sit and relax in your garden for hours after sunset.

Underwater lights

Underwater lights are mounted at the bottom of the pond or on the bottom or walls of the pool. This requires IP68 (dustproof and protected against permanent submersion). The maximum depth must be observed. In most cases, drainage is also required.

Floating pond lights

Floating decorative lights are a captivating addition to any evening setting, effortlessly enhancing its ambience. With smart technology, these lights can now be conveniently controlled via a remote or app, allowing you to change their colour using the RGBW function.

Globe lights

Spotlights, ground spike lights, and solar globe lights create a delightful ambience around the pond, illuminating the lawn, footbridge, and pathways near the water. For areas close to the water, it's crucial to choose IP67 lights, ensuring protection against temporary submersion.

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Expert tip: Individual light with smart outdoor lighting

When it comes to lighting your garden, smart garden lights have a significant part to play in creating the perfect ambience. And you do this via a smart app which allows you to pick and choose the colour and brightness of your lamps, so you can light your garden to suit your mood or occasion. All-round systems, like Philips Hue, offer a vast range of fascinating outdoor lights that help you to create the perfect atmosphere for different occasions.

Wall lighting Illuminating the paths around the house

Modern exterior wall lights immerse the paths around the house in a pleasant light and illuminate the entrance area. Wall lights are also ideal on cellar stairs and the garden shed. Opting for outdoor motion detector wall lights or solar-powered wall lights will save you money on energy.

Recessed ground lights

House walls can also be illuminated from the ground and the path around the house can be bathed in pleasant light. Aimed towards the wall, the light is gently reflected back for indirect illumination.

Outdoor wall lights with sensor

If the lighting is primarily used to allow you to cross the property safely, an outdoor light with a motion detector is always the right choice. So the light comes on when it is needed - perfect for saving electricity.

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Up & down outdoor wall lights

Up & down lights have lighting sources at the top and bottom of the fitting, casting light upwards and downwards. This gives your property an ultra-modern look and adds an eye-catching talking point to your property.

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The most important things for a cosy lighting concept

  1. Provide garden paths, areas around the house, terrace and balcony with different light sources - from functional light to decorative light, from direct to indirect light.

  2. For a feel-good atmosphere in the outdoor living room, opt for warm white light (less than 3,300 Kelvin)

  3. Plan the power supply and cabling for the garden lights in good time

  4. Plan appropriate IP protection for every area from canopy to pond

  5. Use LED light sources or permanently installed LEDs, motion detectors and twilight sensors to save electricity

  6. Use the advantages of solar garden lights

  7. Plan smart technology as a practical and atmospheric option for the outdoor area


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