Gardening and Landscaping

The Best Garden Lighting for Summer Evenings

July 17th 2020

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, hope is once again restored for a summer of sorts. With that in mind, it’s time to consider how to best prepare your garden for those all-important summer evenings. A variety of lighting, from eco-friendly to decorative, can significantly brighten your outdoor space, meaning you and your guests can enjoy endless summer BBQ’s whilst your garden glows after hours. Let’s look at just some of the ways that you can brighten your outdoor space, so you can relish summer nights.

Solar lighting

If you are looking for a low maintenance solution, opt for solar garden lighting. What better way to customise your garden with lighting that not only illuminates your outdoor space, but also reduces your carbon footprint. Solar garden lighting is energy-efficient, as it requires a minimal amount of charge to work effectively. So, by the time the sun sets the lights will be ready to shine.


For best results, solar lights should be positioned in open spaces where sunlight can easily reach them. There is no need to worry about tripping over a wire as solar lights tend to be free-standing. Because of this, solar garden lighting installation requires no electrical expertise, so you can go ahead and fit it yourself. If you want to have your garden beaming in seconds whilst also being an eco-supporter, this is the option for you.

LED lighting

Whether you want to light up the garden path or draw attention to decorative features, LED garden lighting can work as a fantastic enhancement. If arranged around plants, it can transform your outdoor space to give it a tropical feel. Like solar lighting, LED lighting is also energy-efficient, exhausting very little electrical power. A lot of LED garden lighting is mains powered, which requires an expert to ensure safe installation. Still, you can save a few pennies in the long run, as LED lighting can last up to 50,000 hours. This extends the life of your garden lighting by over 5 years!


LED garden lighting functions in a way where minimal heat is required for it to operate. They instantly warm up even in below zero temperatures. So, your LED garden lighting will have you covered in both summer and winter, whatever the weather. If you have a BBQ coming up, consider Festoon LED lighting to hang around the area to add a little ambience.

Fairy lights

For a more aesthetically pleasing outdoor space, why not try some fairy lights? They are perfect for an outdoor soiree and can really frame the area. To get the most out of them, they can be entwined around tree branches or a hedge for the wow-factor. You can opt for battery powered fairy lights, if you want an easy, DIY installation. Or, for a greener alternative and low maintenance option, you can choose solar-powered fairy lights.


When it comes to choosing the perfect garden lighting, there are a few aspects worth considering. If you are looking to make your garden more aesthetically pleasing, fairy lights are ideal. However, power supply is also a big factor to consider. To save money and help the environment, solar power is the way forward. Though, the UK weather can be unpredictable and on a dull day, the light may dim quickly. In this case, LED lights save the day. They are more powerful, brighter and more reliable which will come in handy for summer evening fun.

About the Author

Lauren King

Lauren works in our Ecommerce Team, with over 6 years of experience at HSS. She brings product knowledge and is able to give her advice on the right tool for the job no matter how big or small.

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