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Driveway Lights – Lighting Your Way Home

Lighting your driveway adds an extra layer of safety and security to your home.

If you’re returning home late at night, driveway lights can guide you and your car safely into position without scraping paintwork or damaging fences, garden furniture, or walls.

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing lights for your driveway. The style of lighting you want and the type of installation required is fundamental.

Installing your driveway lights

Low voltage lighting

One of the chief advantages of low voltage outdoor lighting is that it can be safely installed without electrical expertise. This is a good option for anyone willing or able to partake in a little DIY.

Regular electrical current

You can run electricity from your house out to the driveway, but you’ll need a qualified electrician to carry out the installation. Outdoor mains cables have to be buried in a deep trench (deeper in unpaved areas) to avoid potentially fatal accidents.

Choosing the perfect driveway lighting

Ground lights

When it comes to lighting a driveway, most people tend to opt for ground lights. They’re a popular choice because they give the driveway a modern look, are unobtrusive and relatively easy to install. Ground lights are generally sold individually and come in a range of colours and shapes, so you can get creative and add character to your driveway.

Many ground lights can withstand the weight of cars driving over them. This will always be specified by Lighting Direct, so you can be sure of buying the right product. The drive-over Adelpha Ground Light has a recessed design that allows a perfectly flush, discreet installation. With a tough polycarbonate diffuser this light is built to withstand up to 2,000 kg weight.

If you don’t intend to be driving over the lights, ground lights can still be used to highlight the boundary of your driveway, install them along the perimeter of your drive and make it easier for you to park well within them. Lighting Direct offer the great value Edit Orbit round ground light and the Edit Quad square ground light. These dust-tight, submersible fittings use LEDs for extremely low energy consumption and long life.

If you live within 10 miles of the coast, it’s important to find ground lights that are coastal resistant that won’t damage easily due to the high salt levels. The Astro Coastal Gramos is a recessed brass ground light that is suitable as a drive over light (max 2 ton) and guaranteed for up to 10 years.

Driveway post lights

Post lights are useful for marking out your driveway perimeter, making it easy to manoeuvre your car in and out of position when light is low. They never become covered in snow or leaf debris like ground-installed lighting.

You can space post lights out along your driveway as you see fit (you might want to do this asymmetrically with a long drive—avoiding the runway effect), and even blend them into your rockery or garden features.

Whether you’re seeking traditional or contemporary lighting for your driveway, Lighting Direct has a vast range of post lights with different designs, heights and finishes. The Lucide Fedor Outdoor Bollard Light provides a contemporary lighting solution, with a satin chrome finish and stylish decorative filament bulb to guide you and your vehicle to a safe standstill.

The Edit Birch LED Outdoor Garden Post Light Kit is everything you need to light up your driveway. It comes with everything you need to get started, plus it is part of our low voltage connectable light range which means (with a little of DIY) you won’t need to pay for an electrician to get you set up.

Need more inspiration? Check out our Lighting Ideas section.

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

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Living Room Lighting – Set The Mood

Nowadays you need a living room that offers many different things in one versatile package, and good lighting can help you achieve that. Maybe your living room is part of a family home that needs a main light source for when the children do their homework, separate lighting for dinnertime and cosy, ambient lighting for relaxing in front of the TV. For those who want a high-tech, modern living room, we have a complete range of spotlights and floor lamps, perfect for parties and weekend entertaining. Whatever your requirements, we’re sure to have the exact lights you need for creating a living space that you’ll never want to leave. Click here for living room light fittings.

Dimmer Switches

The days of the lone light bulb hanging forlornly from the ceiling are well and truly over – nowadays lighting makes a statement – it lets people know what you, your home and even your family is about. It should also be about enhancing your life – emphasising design features or even being a feature in itself and it should transform your living room from a singular one-dimensional room into a space that has many uses and functions. Living room lighting also means choice when it comes to using a main light, using lots of smaller, secondary lights or combining both for complete lighting control.

You may want to use just a main light if your living space is a constant hub of domestic activity; if you work from home in the evenings, or help the children with their homework. To make switching between a starker main light and a warmer, softer light easy, you could install a dimmer switch for instant control. You can also use softer, secondary lighting such as floor lamps, table lamps or uplighters to disperse light or light up areas and corners of a room that are usually left in darkness, which helps to open your living room up. A picture light over pieces of art or photographs can create eye-catching features, and try installing reading lamps for those evenings when you just want to sit with a good book and shut out the world.

Enchanting Illumination

Lovers of glamour out there will be drawn to the Edit Souk Ceiling Pendant which is an excellent choice for darker rooms as it reflects light really well. Install this gorgeous ceiling light for illumination that sparkles and bounces – perfect for creating a wonderful centre-piece in the middle of your room.

A Time For Reflection?

Classic and simple, the Edit Mathis Plaster Up & Down Wall Light can be painted to fit in with any colour scheme thanks to an unglazed ceramic finish; but what makes this really special, is the fact that it softens light and prevents glare by throwing light upwards and down. It is a very useful light for installing in rooms that need strong illumination without the glare, such as a study.

The Perfect Lighting Relationship

A versatile light for your living room is the Montana ‘Mother and Child’ Floor Lamp – Satin Chrome. This cool looking light has dual functionality, serving as a standard floor uplighter – perfect for creating cosy ambience – or making relaxing with a good book easy thanks to a task-specific reading light. This is also a great tool for keeping energy bills down as you don’t have to keep the main light on just to read, or it can be an excellent tool for those of you who need the added comfort of a reading light coupled with a main light to avoid eye strain. Place it in a corner along with your favourite armchair to create the perfect reading space.

Home Sweet Home

If you like traditional styles, but you like them to have an edge, then the striking Dar Oporto could be the table lamp for you. The rich, eye-catching tones of the design make this a lamp that could sit easily in most rooms from the bedroom to a grand hallway. Its classic, thoughtful design means it won’t go out of fashion any time soon and will be around for years to come.

Buck The Trend

Now for the piéce de resistance – the Edit Rod 15 Arm Pendent is for those of you who enjoy something more than a little different. This industrial style light would make an excellent, eye-catching centre-piece that will bring a bit of drama in to your home! Why not place it in the middle of your room and build up the rest of your décor around it? If you have a very large living space, you could even hang two at opposite ends of the room, to make a bold and interesting statement – perfect for hosting parties, entertaining or just relaxing and playing cards with the family.

So, now that we’ve established how important living room lighting is, why not have a browse through our selection and take your pick?

Looking for more inspiration? Try our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Plug And Play Lights – An Introduction

The right lighting can help to create the perfect garden atmosphere, and thanks to the wonders of Plug and Play lights, installing your outdoor lighting system couldn’t be easier – in fact, all you need is a screwdriver.

Plug and Play garden lighting is so safe and simple to set up anyone can do it – there’s no need for an electrician, and you don’t need any special tools. The fact that they are low voltage means there’s no danger to children and pets, and watertight screw connectors are used throughout.

How Does It Work?

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Essentials

In order to setup your Plug & Play Lighting system, essentially you will need 3 components:

  • Choose your combination of lights. Feel free to mix and match too – because everything links to the same main connecting cable, there’s no need to worry about compatibility.
  • Choose the correct transformer. The next step is to add up the wattages of the individual lights to work out how much power you need in total. Transformers are available in 22W, 60W and 150W wattages to suit different needs. The required wattage of the transformer needs to be greater than the total combined wattage of all the lights you have selected.
  • Choose your main connecting cable, either 10m with 4 ports or 15m with 6 ports.

From there it’s simply a matter of running the main connecting cable through the garden and attaching the connectors on to the individual fittings. Extension cables and extra connectors can be added separately if required.

Depending on the individual plug and play lights you select you may need a screwdriver to attach the lights to their fittings, and you may want to bury the cables in the ground or out of sight (though this is by no means necessary), but besides from plugging it into the mains you’re all done – your Plug and Play lights are ready to go!

Optional Extras

To give extra flexibility to your Plug & Play Lighting system, you can also choose from a range of additional extras including: 3 way connector, PIR sensor, dusk to dawn sensor, extension cables and remote controls.

Plug And Play Lights: Your Options

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The beauty of the Plug and Play lighting system is that you can choose from a wide range of lighting products and connect them to the same system.

  • Spotlights: available in a range of sizes and materials, spotlights are ideal for illuminating specific areas of the garden you want to draw attention to. A classic example is the Catalpa Spotlight Single Extension. This durable and robust fitting is perfect for adding atmospheric illumination to your garden.
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  • Uplighters: a more subtle approach than spotlights is to use uplighting to draw attention to specific details and features of your garden from below. Take the Cylon Square Garden Light a compact and contemporary fitting. It’s a great little accent light that will add depth and character.
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  • Post lighting: vertical post lights are perfect for illuminating pathways or placing between plants. The wide range of available options include halogen, LED and light bulb posts. The Kolossos LED Garden Light is an excellent choice for lining path or driveways and is also very suitable for incorporating into a patio design.
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  • Wall lighting: for illuminating a whole area of the garden rather than drawing attention to a single feature, wall lights are the way to go as the lights are fixed to a higher position than ground-based alternatives. The Callisto LED Garden Wall Light for example has traditional charm and would look gorgeous next to a large oak door nested in ivy.
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  • Deck Lights are the perfect way to highlight your decking area with style and poise. If you have taken the time and effort to lay your decking yourself you can finish the job without the need for an electrician with plug and play lighting. The Umbra Deck Light is a great example of this type of easy to install ground light.
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  • Atmospheric lighting: strategically placed LED or halogen-based atmospheric lights – such as in trees or along pathways – can finish things off nicely and help create the perfect mood in your garden. The Alder LED Spotlights – Set of 3 are stake lights that are really easy to reposition as required. They are great when sited in flowerbeds to show off everything that is in bloom after dark.

Plug And Play At The End Of The Day

It’s fair to say that Plug and Play Lights mean you can create a truly illuminated garden for everyone to enjoy safe in the knowledge that it won’t cost the earth (financially or environmentally) and it can be done with minimal effort.

Looking for more inspiration? Go to Lighting Ideas.

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

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The Beauty Of Outdoor Tree Lights

Are you looking for something different to illuminate your garden after dark? For an ethereal glow as the sun goes down it’s worth considering outdoor tree lights. From festoons draped through branches to fairy lights wrapped around tree trunks, lighting up your Oaks, Maples or Beeches can make a dramatic impression.

Let’s take a look at how to make your garden an enchanting space with the right choice of tree lighting.

Branching Out Your Garden Lighting

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Spotlighting

Add drama to your garden by putting the spotlight on your trees. Highlight attractive bark and foliage with ground spotlights positioned away from the trunk such as the GL7 LED Spotlight aimed in an upward direction for a magical effect. With a narrow 30 degree beam you can focus the light for maximum impact. Think about illuminating trees with distinctive barks such as the Silver Birch and consider which trees will look attractive lit up regardless of season.

Position spotlights close to the trunk when highlighting a narrow tree. When highlighting tree foliage don’t forget to illuminate the trunk or the foliage will appear to be floating in mid-air.

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Silhouetting

For a different approach to lighting your garden, why not try the technique of silhouetting. If you have a wall directly behind your tree, illuminate the wall so that your tree features as a dark silhouette against it. The lighter the wall the more powerful the effect so try using a floodlight that mimics daylight such as the Shatter Resistant 50W LED Floodlight.

 

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Fairy Lights and Lanterns

Fairy lights are an all-year-round option for illuminating your garden. Strung from branch to branch they can add a twinkling light to your summer garden parties or al fresco dining. If you choose a solar option such as the  Solar Fairy Lights – you can position on trees all around the garden with no need for a mains power supply. Try adding fairy lights to a Weeping Willow for a dramatic centre piece to your garden.

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Accent your trees with pretty lanterns such as the Assiso Solar LED Garden Lantern position evenly next to trees. Always remember to choose fittings which are IP rated for outdoor use.

For a spectacular display why not illuminate a tree next to a pond to create gorgeous reflections adding depth and interest to your exterior setting.

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Smaller Spaces

If you have a small garden, balcony or simply want to pot up some small trees for a decorative display on your patio, then consider illuminated plant pots. The Assisi LED Planter will add impact to your garden or the entrance to your home while housing your favourite plants.

 

Are you looking for a subtle moon-lit effect for your garden lighting? Or are you looking to create impact with an illuminated tree-lined walkway? However you choose to use outdoor tree lights we have a great range here for you at Lighting Direct.

For more inspiration check out our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Bollard, Post & Pedestal Lighting – What’s the difference?

When searching for outdoor lights you may well have come across the terms Post, Bollard and Pedestal lighting. You can be forgiven for finding these references confusing as Post and Bollard lighting in particular are often used interchangeably.

Let’s take a look at each type of lighting in turn.

What Are The Differences

Bollard Lighting

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As a rule of thumb, a bollard light will be thicker in structure than a post light which ties in nicely with the suggested origin of the name ‘bole’ meaning tree trunk.

Carve out areas by placing bollards such as the IP44 Louvred Bollard along pathways to guide you after dark. Alternatively separate your exterior space by placing bollards between your patio and lawn area. This particular model of bollard has a louvred diffuser so will emit a subtle light and won’t over illuminate your garden or walkway which can spoil the effect. Standing at a height of 1100mm this bollard won’t obscure any garden views either.

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Much smaller in height, standing at just 160mm, is the Linum LED Mini Bollard. This mini bollard will work well marking out the edges of your decking, patio areas or for low level pathway light. Unlike the Louvred Bollard it is low voltage and is part of the plug and play connectable lighting range which makes installation very quick and straightforward. Using LED technology, it is very energy efficient too.

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Post Lighting

Post lights tend to be more slimline in structure than bollards. They can be used to highlight borders, driveways or be positioned outside a summer house for smart illumination.

The Helsinki Large PIR Post Light, for example, stands at exactly the same height as the Louvred Bollard but differs considerably in terms of its 75mm diameter vs the bollard’s 171mm. This model has a PIR motion sensor so the light will be activated when it senses movement within a certain detection range. This makes it ideal for illuminating paths or perimeter borders.

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At the furthest end of the height spectrum come the post lanterns and lamp posts. They are designed to make a statement and work well at both the front and rear of larger properties. Their height ensures, in most instances, that the light is not obscured by plants and bushes. The Turin Grande Post Lantern – Verdigris is height adjustable and stands proud at between 1910mm and 2790mm. It is suitable for use in coastal locations.

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Pedestal Lighting

Another option for outdoor lighting comes in the form of pedestal lighting. A pedestal is a base on which something is supported; in this case lighting. These fittings tend to be shorter in height so that they can be perched on top of walls at the entrance to your home or at the side of steps.

Pedestal lighting comes in a variety of styles from modern to traditional, simple to decorative, giving you maximum flexibility of choice. If you are looking for a high quality piece of traditional lighting then the Valencia Pedestal Lantern – Black is a strong contender. It will be a smart addition to your outdoor lighting perfect for guiding you into your driveway after nightfall.

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For a modern twist on pedestal lighting choose a model such as the Stockholm Exterior Pedestal – Galvanised. It is IP54 rated so suitable for outdoor use and has an impressive 15 year anti-corrosion guarantee.

We hope that you now have a clearer picture of the differences between bollard, post and pedestal lighting. For a full range of what we have to offer go to our Posts and Bollards section.

For more interesting tips and guidance check out our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Outdoor Sensor Lights – Buying Guide

Surprisingly there is a huge variety of outdoor sensor lights AKA PIR movement detector fittings available today. From contemporary decorative lights, floodlights and even solar lights we are going to take a look at your options.

The PIR (passive infrared) sensor works by detecting the difference in temperature of a warm body passing against a cooler background.

Recommendations

Consider placing one above your garage or garden shed where you may keep expensive bikes or tools. Mount the light at least 2.5M off the ground and angle it slightly downwards making sure it cannot be triggered by passers-by. Avoid positioning it near the flue from your boiler as this can activate the sensor.

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Product comparison

Spotlights for Larger Properties

The Night Eye 150W PIR Security Spotlight will work well if you have a larger home with a wide expanse of outdoor space thanks to its 12M, 200 degree detection range. It is robust and carries a 5 year guarantee making it suitable for both the home or small business premises. The light can be set to stay on for between 5 seconds and 18 minutes making it ideal if illuminating a shed or outside office at the bottom of the garden.

If you are a frequent traveller simply switch the Night Eye to ‘holiday mode’ which allows a specified ‘on’ time between 1-8 hours to be manually set for the duration of your absence.

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Modern Lighting for Urban living

If you want a contemporary option with a PIR movement sensor then the Luxembourg PIR Wall Light – Galvanised Steel will serve you well. It has a smaller detection range than the Night Eye, 8M and 100 degree range, so is ideal for town houses or modern homes. As the light only activates within this range it will not be a nuisance to neighbours and only remains on initially for 90 seconds. Even though the Luxembourg delivers on style it is also very hardwearing which is backed up by its 15 year anti-corrosion guarantee making it suitable for coastal locations. It even has an over-ride switch so you can keep the light on continuously for an evening barbeque.

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Post Lighting

Many people don’t realise that PIR sensors come with lots of different types of fittings, so you may not have considered a Victorian style post light. For the parameters of your property why not choose the Milano PIR Post. With a wider detection range than the Luxembourg it stands up to its competition.

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Solar Lighting

Have you thought of solar lighting as an option? With advanced technology they rival their counterparts and can be placed anywhere outdoors. The Tamara Solar LED Security Light has exactly the same detection range as the Luxembourg Wall Light. A key feature is its vandal resistant polycarbonate casing which is robust enough for any situation.

We hope that we have given you a flavour of some of the options available to you when selecting your outdoor sensors lights. To find a fitting with a PIR sensor visit our outdoor lighting section and use the left-hand side filters and select PIR in the feature column.

Alternatively for more inspiration check out more of our Lighting Ideas.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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How To Choose Outdoor Wall Lights

The breadth of choice of outdoor wall lights is huge so to make things easier when making your selection use a simple checklist. Firstly consider the size of the space that requires lighting; do you have a small porch area or a large patio to illuminate. Secondly think about the style and size of the outdoor wall light and how it will suit your setting. Finally think about the function of the light; is it a decorative fitting you are after or a more robust security light. Follow these 3 initial steps to start off your search.

Let’s take a look at some of the options out there – looking at both form and function.

Outdoor Wall Light Inspiration

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Security Lighting

If you have a larger space to illuminate and are looking for a practical and robust wall light with an integrated PIR motion sensor then the Apollo Wall Light is a strong contender, perfect for the front or rear of your property. The light activates when movement is sensed within a 12M, 180 degrees range; ideal for deterring intruders from a large deep garden.

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Contemporary Style

A carefully chosen outdoor wall light will enhance any exterior setting and will create a stylish impression if positioned strategically around your home.

If a contemporary light fitting appeals then why not take a look at the Scorpius Wall Downlight. This galvanised steel wall washer is designed to be positioned facing downwards and thanks to its polycarbonate diffuser provides an even distribution of light. It is, however, only IP23 rated so it needs to be installed in a sheltered area outdoors.

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Traditional Style

For an elegant and traditional outdoor wall light the Buckingham Wall Up Lantern will not disappoint. Part of a ‘classic’ collection, this handsome exterior light teams stainless steel with bevelled clear glass for an authentic look.

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Smaller Spaces

However small your outdoor area, don’t shy away from installing a wall light. Choose a compact streamlined fitting such as the Bamboo Wall Light – Standard for a sleek look. Alternatively, select a recessed piece of lighting such as the energy efficient Callisto Small Wall Light – 18 White LEDs which will take up very little room.

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Coastal Locations

The Geneve Up and Down Light – 40W – Graphite is a smart choice if you are looking for a striking designer light for positioning outside a property in close proximity to the sea. When selecting your exterior wall light always consider whether the outdoor space is sheltered or fully exposed to the elements. If the latter is the case then look for an outdoor wall light with a high IP rating for protection against harsh weather. In the case of coastal locations look for a fitting that is suitable for that climate. The Geneve carries an IP54 rating coupled with a 25 year anti-corrosion guarantee making it ideal.

 

Good outdoor wall lights, whether used to make a design statement outside your home or used as a multi-purpose security light need to be chosen carefully so they suit the area which needs illuminating. Ensure where possible that you select an energy efficient option.

Why not check out our full range of outdoor wall lights.

Or for more inspiration take a look at the Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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LED Garden Lights For Outdoor Projects

LED Garden lights are a great way to bring your outdoor space to life. LED lighting is very energy efficient and in turn is a cost effective way to illuminate your garden. LEDs have an extensive lifespan too so once installed outside will be virtually maintenance free.

The right time to think about LED garden lights is when you are about to embark on a project. So if you enjoy a bit of DIY and are just about to lay a garden patio or perhaps build a garden pond read on.

Perfect Project Illumination

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The Garden Patio

Before you lay the first slab of your garden patio in place, think lighting. If you want to enjoy eating, drinking and socialising outdoors during the long summer evenings then you want the right level of illumination to create a stylish and relaxed ambience. The beauty of LED garden lighting is its robust nature so you can even install them directly into your patio safe in the knowledge that you can walk on them. The Birch LED Walkover Garden Lights – Set of 3 are part of the Plug ‘n’ Play range and do not require an electrician for installation making them perfect for a DIY project.

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If you want to steer away from putting lighting directly into your patio then why not dot the Assisi LED Planter – Standard around the edges for striking nocturnal lighting as well as a functional way to display your plants during the day.

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Building The BBQ

Al fresco dining is a summertime treat and there’s nothing quite like the taste of food fresh from the barbecue. Maybe you have decided to bite the bullet and are going to put together your own brick barbecue for added authenticity. Well if that’s the case why not give some consideration to LED garden lights. The GL7 LED Spotlight – Daylight will provide task lighting to make sure you don’t burn the sausages!

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Wildlife Pond

Attract frogs, toads and newts back into British gardens by creating your very own wildlife pond. Illuminating the inside of your pond at nightfall with the right LED garden lights can make a very impressive and almost enchanting display. A submersible LED light with its long lifespan such as the Adelpha Submersible Ground Light is a great choice.

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Raised Beds

A raised flowerbed can make a very attractive garden feature and if you are just about to start creating your own masterpiece consider how eye-catching it will look illuminated at night. Highlight flowers and shrubs as the sun goes down with the contemporary styled Eglo Nema LED Garden Spike.

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Garden Paths

Whether you choose concrete slabs or decking to lay your garden path, remember to include some lighting in your early plans. Not only can LED garden lights bring a glow to your outside space at night as they follow the route of your path but they are also essential for clear visibility. The Kolossos LED Garden Light in an anthracite effect finish is a smart modern choice.

 

Whenever you begin an outside project make sure that the lighting is part of the overall plan. Robust, long lasting, energy efficient all spring to mind when thinking about LED lights making them an excellent choice for any garden makeover.

For further ideas and inspiration see the Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Pond Lights – What Do You Need To Consider?

As the sun goes down, pond lights can bring a magical ambience to your outside space. Highlighting a water feature or foliage around the pond as well as illuminating the pond from within can bring your garden to life with enchanting effect.
Let’s take a look at what to consider when choosing fresh water pond lights.

Make Sure You’ve Got The Right IP Rating

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Underwater

Water and high voltage electricity can be a dangerous combination so when choosing lighting for in and around your pond area you need to look out for the product’s IP rating. An IP67 or IP68 rating is required for submerging lights under water. The Lapis Stone Light Garden Light with its stone effect design will blend seamlessly with its surroundings and with an IP68 rating is suitable for creating an underwater glow. As it is low voltage it is a very safe option for your outdoor lighting. For a striking display why not dot these stone garden lights in amongst your shrubs too.

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Alternatively mesmerizing pools of light can be created with the Albany Submersible Ground Light which is suitable for submersion up to a depth of 1M.

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Highlighting the area surrounding your pond can also have dramatic impact. If you want lighting right up to the water’s edge try the Adelpha Submersible Ground Light. This fitting is suitable for walking over and it carries an IP67 rating so can also be installed underwater.

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Around The Pond (Not Underwater)

Illuminating flower beds and foliage set back from the pond can be done in contemporary style with the IP44 rated Olympus LED garden light. This striking light with an anthracite finish uses energy efficient LED technology so won’t cost the earth whilst bringing a warm glow to your garden. It’s part of the Plug ‘n’ Play range so can be linked to other Plug ‘n’ Play fittings for versatile garden lighting.

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Feature Lighting

For a spellbinding display try spotlighting a small cascading waterfall or other water feature with the Thames Low Voltage Stake Light. It is built for outdoor use with its IP65 rating and has an adjustable head so you can find the perfect angles to create something spectacular.

Light Output

Don’t forget that the deeper the pond, the stronger the light output will have to be so it can be seen through the water. Check out the wattage or lumens for your chosen bulbs.

We hope we have given you some food for thought so you can create a night time feature with your pond lights. Whether you are looking for soft subtle lighting or a more dramatic display simply take a look at the wide range of outdoor lighting options here at Lighting Direct.

For more inspiration take a look at our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Top 10 Outdoor Lighting Ideas

This top 10 outdoor lighting ideas rundown should hopefully give you some inspiration and offer some fresh ideas for illuminating your outside space during the spring and summer months. This list covers such a variety of lighting options that it’s not possible to say one is better than the other. It’s better to think of this as a cross section of some of the most fun, interesting and practical outdoor lighting solutions.

Ten Of The Best

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Timeless Elegance

OK to kick us off we have the Livoni Wall Light – Stainless Steel. This fitting is the perfect marriage of contemporary and traditional. Its smooth steel body gives it a sharp modern look. A pair of these installed on an exterior wall would create a dramatic atmosphere.

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Rusty Charm

The next on our list is the Rusty Cone 70 Post. This is an excellent outdoor lighting idea if you are looking for something with unique character and eye-catching appeal. Because of the distinctiveness of this fitting it will work well with a wide range of garden styles.

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Practical And Stylish

Brick lights like the Mono LED Brick Light are a great way to add atmospheric style to your garden when the sun goes down. From a practical point of view brick lights also make steps and patio areas safer at night.

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Simple Traditional Character

Outdoor pedestal lamps such as the Turin Grande Pedestal Lantern – Verdigris are a great way to add a sense of smart Victorian charm to your garden. They are wonderful garden features that offer so much in the way of ornamental value.

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Stick Them Anywhere

When it comes to outdoor lighting ideas a versatile option can be very useful. Take the Alder LED Spotlights – Set of 3, this type of stake light is an easy way to illuminate flowerbeds but if you need to you can quickly reposition them for a garden party or social event.

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Spot On Illumination

If you want precise illumination for specific areas and features of your garden then you may want to consider the Nemesis Twin Garden Spotlight. This is a very clear and practical source of lighting suitable for many outdoor applications. You could use them to add dramatic lighting to areas of interest such as trees and water features.

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Subtle Illumination

Deck and ground lights are a subtle way to add a contemporary feel to your garden. A fitting like the Felix IP68 7W Recessed Ground Light with Colour Filters is not only great for decking and pathways but also for marking out the edges of your garden.

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Unique And Cost Effective

A list of the top 10 outdoor lighting ideas would not be complete without something really unique and interesting. The Quarter Solar Stake Light is a fun little feature light perfect for decorative garden illumination. You could for example spot a few of these around a tree to make it a bit more noticeable.

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Just For Fun

When it comes to purely decorative and fun lighting you can’t beat the Everbright Solar Fairy Lights – White – 300 LED. You can hang them anywhere you like. They will work particularly well when wrapped around smaller trees and bushes.

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Party Lighting

We know we couldn’t have a top 10 outdoor lighting ideas rundown without something especially for summer garden parties. The Weatherproof Lighting Festoons – 50 Bulb Holders is just the thing for family gatherings, birthday parties or any other garden event.

Well there you have it, a quick selection of ideas to hopefully get your imagination going and give you some inspiration for new ways to decorate your garden this year. This, however, is only the tip of the iceberg we have tons of other garden fittings for you to choose from here at Lighting Direct.

For more inspiration check out our Lighting Ideas section.