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The Beauty Of Outdoor Tree Lights

Author: Sarah Wigmore
Published: July 25, 2014

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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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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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 Everbright Solar Fairy Lights - Warm White - 300 LED 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.