Whether it’s a family gathering, a party with friends or just a cosy cuppa under the stars, your garden is an amazing place to spend an evening – or several. Or at least it can be with the right outdoor lighting.

Here are six outdoor lighting ideas to turn your garden into a versatile space long after the sun has gone down.

1. String lights

Also known as ‘festoon lights’, string lights are the ultimate outdoor lighting idea if you want to turn your garden into a sociable space. Stretched across seating areas or hung from fences, they add scattered light and a quirky festival feeling.

2. Bulkheads

Bulkheads are the best option if you want bright lighting in a specific area of your garden. Maybe it’s an outdoor dining area or just a space near the back door. Whatever the case, a few bulkheads can be added to the exterior walls of your home to complement more subtle lighting elsewhere.

3. Uplights or downlights

Another option on your exterior walls is uplighting or downlighting. In short, this is lighting directed vertically rather than outwards. While it won’t add as much illumination as a bulkhead, for example, it can work wonders in highlighting the texture of your walls to add another dimension to your garden’s design.

4. Floor uplights

An alternative way of using uplighting, rather than adding it to walls, is to have lights integrated into the floor. This works wonders on the perimeter of decking or even patio areas, to keep them well lit and add a subtle border to a specific space within your garden.

5. Walkway lights

Maybe you don’t want your garden to be too bright? If this is the case, you can simply light up walkways with solar lights. By lining walkways, people will be able to see where they’re walking, without affecting the relaxed atmosphere of your garden.

This can also be used on steps or slopes where guests might not notice the change in height. Subtle spotlights built into your steps, for instance, will help people avoid accidents and add another attractive lighting feature to your garden.

6. Security lights

Let’s not forget the importance of functional lighting within your garden. As well as being switched on and off, lights can be fitted with sensors, so they come on when anyone is in your garden. This security lighting acts as a deterrent for burglars, who know they can be seen. It also gives you peace of mind, knowing when anyone is in your garden.

However, that doesn’t mean you have to use a garish floodlight. Sensors can be fitted to stylish lanterns or any kind of outdoor lighting, so you can combine appearance with function.

Expert installation of outdoor lighting

Whether it’s simple wall lighting or integrated uplights, the team at Smart Electricians can make sure your outdoor lighting looks great and works perfectly. We’re a team of electrical experts based in Sheffield, on hand to help homeowners across Yorkshire get the perfect outdoor lighting.

To arrange a no-obligation survey and quote, simply call our team on 0330 043 2031.


How can outdoor lighting add that certain something to your home?

A case study from Smart Electricians; Sheffield's leading independent electrical installations team.

It’s a well-known fact in the electrician community that you will never get an outdoor lighting project in the warmth of summer and this one certainly wasn’t any different, but we certainly think it was worth braving freezing conditions and snow for the finished look. This outdoor lighting project in Sheffield which we carried out is a prime example of how effective outdoor lighting can be.

We started this project on our first week back to work in 2019. We had been quoting a few projects with J Wilson Gardening Services and this was the first project we had teamed up to complete. The whole garden was due to be renovated and the client specified that they would like the current lantern style lighting updated.

The Project Scope & Design

The great thing about this project is that our client was pretty open to any suggestions and ideas that we had, so we got to work with getting a plan and design together.

The work included lighting to the front garden bedders and we installed brushed chrome spike lights as they can be moved around for when the gardener is working. They can be used to light up different plants, trees and features within the bedder.

outdoor lighting project in sheffield

Brushed chrome spike lights were also used to light up the front right hand side of the property.

The specification of the project

We also installed brushed chrome downlights to the underside of the garage soffits and brushed chrome up and downlights to the porch, which all added definition and depth to the property.

All of the lighting to the front of the property are controlled via a time clock and two motion detectors positioned at each corner of the property. The time clock gives the customer more versatility for when they would like the lights to come on and stay on, and the motion detectors would activate should the time clock not be in the ‘on’ position when someone approaches the property. The motion detectors were positioned to pick up any movement from the electric gates and up the driveway.

Down either side of the property 10w LED security lights were installed to replace the existing old 100w Halogen lights which will give our customer a 90% energy saving. These lights are activated through the built-in motion detector and have a double switching option should our customer require them permanently on.

 At the rear of the property, we installed 11 low levels brushed chrome downlighters. We’re a huge fan of the KSR lighting range and all their products are great quality.

outdoor lighting project in sheffield

The downlighters were recessed into the patio wall which made for some tough work when it came to drilling out the holes to position the lights.

These were also controlled via a time clock that was situated in the garage...

Next Steps

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