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Lighting your garden: 20 practical solutions

Lighting your garden: 20 practical solutions

Lighting your garden: 17 solutions in pictures © Fermob

When the evenings in the garden are prolonged, artificial lighting becomes essential. Looking for inspiration to properly light your exterior? Here are 20 solutions and our tips to find the one that’s right for you.

If you like to extend your summer evenings in the garden, good lighting can quickly become essential. Whether you are fond of dining out, love to read after eating, or just enjoy the sweetness to observe nature, light needs are not the same. Yes functional lighting is essential, to be able to create different light atmospheres outside can also be very pleasant. The ideal is to have several light sources in order to adapt the lighting to all situations. After having defined the places to be illuminated correctly (the terrace for example, but also a staircase, an alley …), you must choose the most suitable solution. If your exterior does not have an adequate electrical installation, know that there are all a bunch of autonomous and nomadic luminaires to put where necessary. To create a friendly, soothing or intimate atmosphere, bet on fairy lights, the lanterns, portable lights and others candle holders, which will envelop your exterior in a softer light. Many are now solar powered and operate wirelessly. What to simplify things. Here are some ideas to brighten up your garden and make it a warm place!

Multiply light sources for a well-lit garden

Multiply light sources for a well-lit garden © Castorama

The idea to remember: a well-lit terrace or garden has several sources of light. Some provide functional lighting, others mood lighting, and still others supplemental lighting. The ideal is to combine them with each other: one or two spots for efficiency, a light garland, a few lanterns and other candle holders for the atmosphere.

Multiply light sources for a well-lit garden

Modular lighting in the garden

Modular lighting in the garden © Les Jardins chez Camif

The idea to remember: light sources that can be installed throughout the garden as needed. These small lanterns are usually placed on a table or terrace, but their nomadic format allows them to be moved to illuminate where it is needed. Powerful (300 lumens) and solar, they recharge during the day and display up to 150 hours of autonomy depending on the intensity chosen.

Modular lighting in the garden

Flower pots to illuminate your exterior

Flowerpots to light up your exterior © Elho

The idea to remember: 2-in-1 flowerpots that are also a source of light. Equipped with LED lighting, these high-tech pots create a made-to-measure luminous atmosphere, which is adorned with a multitude of colors and allows you to experiment with all shades of white, from the warmest to the coldest. The little extra: they can be controlled remotely thanks to their connected technology and a wifi range of 15 meters.

Flower pots to illuminate your exterior

Design and multifunction lighting

Design and multifunction lighting © Foscarini

The idea to remember: lights that do more! Thanks to an ever more refined design, they are no longer content to light up, they are also as beautiful as they are practical. Its spherical shape, inspired by the sky and the vision of an eclipse, makes it the ideal accessory to illuminate a terrace and act as a side table.

Design and multifunction lighting

Multiple and tailor-made lighting

Multiple and tailor-made lighting © Paulmann

The idea to remember: lighting that is as practical as it is aesthetic. This terrace perfectly illustrates how to combine the different light sources: powerful spotlights installed along the wall to illuminate without blinding, a led strip to mark the edge of the terrace and thus clearly delimit the space, and luminaires from additions to create an intimate and warm atmosphere.

Multiple and tailor-made lighting

Luminaires placed at different heights

Lights placed at different heights © Keria

The idea to remember: if the number of lights is important, so is the place where they are placed. A cleverly illuminated exterior combines several levels of lighting. This makes it possible to take advantage of direct and indirect light, and thus create a tailor-made lighting atmosphere.

Luminaires placed at different heights

A luminous pouf to light up the garden

A luminous pouf to light up the garden © Intex

The idea to remember: smart accessories, like this luminous ottoman which offers a real source of light but also a comfortable seat. This inflatable beanbag is equipped with led lighting, and can be used both day and night, and also floats in the pool.

A luminous pouf to light up the garden

A warm mood light

A warm mood light © Ikea

The idea to remember: if you like to make the evening last and chatting outside for hours, go for soft lighting. A light garland and a few portable lamps to create a pleasant atmosphere are enough. Your eyes will appreciate this subdued light, and keep insects at a distance better than with an overpowered spotlight.

A warm mood light

Solar spots to light up your terrace

Spotlights on the ground to light up your garden and your footsteps © Leroy Merlin

The idea to remember: to know where you are stepping, it is better to light the ground correctly. These solar spots are perfect for delimiting the contours of the terrace, but also a garden path or a staircase.

Solar spots to light up your terrace

Lanterns as practical as they are aesthetic

Lanterns as practical as they are aesthetic © Stéphane Couchet / Botanic

The idea to remember: nomadic light sources for additional lighting that follows you everywhere in the garden. These solar portable lights work thanks to small LEDs which are recharged in the light of the sun. Their oriental-inspired look is an invitation to escape. A good idea to broaden your horizon without leaving your garden.

Lanterns as practical as they are aesthetic

A garland in the garden

A guinguette-style garland in the garden © Vincent Sheppard

The idea to remember: a light garland to hang above the table for example. Unmissable in the “guinguette” atmospheres that we love in summer, this nomadic lighting provides a source of warm and soft light. To be completed with a small spotlight at ground level if necessary.

A garland in the garden

Portable lamps for tailor-made lighting

Portable lamps for tailor-made lighting © Fermob

The idea to remember: portable lamps that travel in the garden to bring light where it is needed, as it is needed. If you do not have fixed lighting outside, these nomadic lamps will enlighten you thanks to their wireless technology. On a table, on the terrace, by the pool, under a tree … They slip everywhere and their great autonomy (up to 4 p.m. for large models) offers real freedom.

Portable lamps for tailor-made lighting

A bright and magical atmosphere in the garden

A bright and magical atmosphere in the garden © Jardiland

The idea to remember: if you are looking for mood lighting to stage your garden, opt for small solar lanterns. They bring just the right amount of light to give your garden a magical look. Colorful torches, backlit butterflies, or LED wires like so many fireflies flying in the air … Enough to transform your garden!

A bright and magical atmosphere in the garden

Modular flashlights with a neon look

Modular flashlights with a neon look © EGO Paris

The idea to remember: these neon-like flashlights allow you to modulate the lighting of your exterior. Design and autonomous, these tubes are recharged via a USB socket and can be fixed vertically, or even be placed on a table. They also offer 3 different light intensities for tailor-made lighting, perfect for creating all kinds of light atmospheres, from the strongest to the softest.

Modular flashlights with a neon look

Torches to plant in the garden

Luminous bollards to light up a path in the garden © Les Jardins

The idea to remember: to effectively illuminate a garden path, these torches to be planted directly in the ground offer …

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