With lockdown restrictions easing, it’s time to maximise the use of outdoor space as the warmer weather arrives.
This may include a private garden or balcony, where lighting can help you enjoy the outdoors for longer as the evening sets in – and make a design statement.
We take a look at some lights designed specifically for outdoors, with various budgets in mind – from £55 to £780. They are connected to the mains, providing a more reliable energy supply than a string of lights dependent on batteries that may only last a week.
Our selection comes as the rules about meeting outdoors ease, with people allowed to meet outside since March 29 – including in private gardens – in groups of up to six, or as two households.
We take a look at some lights designed specifically for gardens (including these Amara lights, details below)
The outdoor lights have been picked by top interior designer Alexander James Interiors.
They boast features such as dimmer switches, and even include a pendant – a design more usually associated with indoor lighting.
Rachel Clark, of Alexander James Interiors, said: ‘Garden lighting is so important. Not only does it illuminate outdoor spaces at night for functional living, but it also creates an atmospheric, welcoming glow to make outdoor spaces cosy and inviting.’
‘What is more, outdoor lighting just looks as beautiful from inside the home as it does from the outside, meaning you don’t even have to be outside to appreciate it.’
Ellie Fennell, a lighting buyer at John Lewis, said: ‘Lighting can really transform your outdoor space and set the mood for gatherings.’
And Amanda Pollard of Houzz.co.uk, added: ‘Lighting is key to creating a space that works equally as well into the evening.’
Flora Rattan Wall Light, £780, Amara
Extend the time you can spend outside in your garden with this Flora Rattan Wall Light from Amara, which costs £780 (also pictured above)
Made from aluminium and stainless steel, the Amara Wall Rattan wall light can be used outdoors as well as indoors.
It is the highest priced of our lighting picks, with a cost of £780, but it does have additional features such as a dimmable function.
Nordlux Maze LEF fitting, £68, John Lewis
This appealing Maze LEF fitting by Nordlux is available from John Lewis and costs £68
This unusual outdoor wall light can create a statement in your garden, with the LED shining through the metal rods.
You can use multiple versions of the Maze LED by Nordlux to create a gallery-style feature wall in your garden.
Harbour outdoor pendant light, £55, Garden Trading
Pendant lights are also for the garden! This version from Garden Trading has a price tag of £55
Pendant lights are not only for the interior of a home as there are designs specifically for use outdoors.
This nautical style garden pendant light by Garden Trading will look stunning hanging from a pergola, bringing a stylish glow to your garden area.