Lockdown made us all want to make the most of every inch of our homes and enjoy more time with our loved ones outdoors in our gardens, year-round and day or night. You might be looking to invest in patio heaters and gorgeous garden furniture, but there's a quick and easy way to make your garden magical instantly: lighting! That's why we're helping you find the best outdoor lights for your garden in 2021, from fairy lights to solar-powered illumination.
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Whether you have loads of spare room, a small balcony or just a windowsill, adding some outdoor lights can transform your home - these are the best ones available to buy online now…
Best outdoor curtain lights
LED curtain lights, £11.99, Amazon
Hang this pretty curtain of string lights across your fence or from a pergola or gazebo to add a soft glow across your entire garden. Operated with a remote control, there are eight settings to choose from, including twinkle flash and fade. Better still, you can bring them indoors too to create a warm ambience inside your home.
Best outdoor festoon lights
Solar String Lights, £9.19, Amazon
Brighten up your outdoor space with these solar-powered string LED lights, which have eight different settings including fading, flashing and steady on to create the perfect atmosphere for your next garden party.
Lepro Globe String Lights, £14.44, Amazon
Alternatively, try these small soft glow festoon lights which are mains-powered and can be hung up or easily wrapped around any garden furniture.
Hanging festoon lights, £33.98, Amazon
Light up an outdoor fence at night with these gorgeous mains-powered warm-light festoon bulbs. They're fully water-resistant so you don't have to worry about taking them down.
Best outdoor plant lights
LED coloured balls, £6.90, Amazon
If you would like a touch of colour in your back garden, these colourful delights will really pack a punch.
Outdoor stake lights, £25, John Lewis
These solar bubble outdoor stake lights are super fun, and we love the idea of placing them in plant pots to brighten up your outdoor space.
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Best outdoor spiral lights
4 pack solar spiral lights, £20.99, Amazon
We adore these spherical twinkly solar-powered lights, which look so special when dangling from a tree.
Best outdoor solar lanterns
Outdoor Solar Lanterns, £36.95, Sparkle Lighting
Looking for something a little bit different? These confetti lights are just that! They look surprisingly like real actual confetti and are guaranteed to brighten up your garden.
3 Lucena Cream Tassel Solar Lanterns, £44.99, Lights4Fun
Add a boho touch to any outdoor space with tasselled lanterns. Make sure to hang them in a sunny spot, for six to eight hours of illumination every evening.
LED & Solar Paper Lantern, £35, Urban Outfitters
If bright colours are more your thing, this orange LED and solar-powered lantern from Urban Outfitters will fit the bill.
Best outdoor fairy lights
Solar Powered Fairy String Lights - Flowers, £2.99, eBay
Another floral choice – sweet daisy fairy lights that will add a whimsical vibe to your garden at night.
Koopower Battery Operated Waterproof Fairy Lights, £9.98, Amazon
Classic fairy lights are perfect for any type of garden, and these reliable ones from Amazon can be thread through tree branches, railings and more.
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Outdoor pendant lights, £26.99, Wayfair
These gorgeous pendant lights are bound to brighten up your life!
Best outdoor parasol lights
Parasol LED Lighting, £9.99, Amazon
Add lights to your parasol to stunning effect – this set has 8 different modes from steady to twinkling and 10 levels of brightness and a remote control for easy adjusting.
Best outdoor wall lights
Outdoor LED wall light, £35.99, Amazon
A contemporary fitting for design-focused outdoor lighting, the anthracite square LED fitting from Amazon will lend a neat wash of light onto your wall.
Aluminium-coloured LED outdoor wall light Lennias, £69.90, Lights.co.uk
Lennias is certainly not just a simple wall lamp but a light source of a special kind. The round body of the lamp is in fact provided with a fan-like structure, which creates great lighting results as the light from the LEDs forms like a halo on the façade or the wall behind.
Geo Moon Light Sculpture, £24, Urban Outfitters
Celestial lights look amazing when the sun goes down, and this battery-powered moon sculpture can be fitted to an outdoor wall for a special party feature.
Best outdoor smart lighting
Take smart lighting outdoors with the XL Lily spotlight from Philips. With a low voltage but powerful integrated LED, it requires a Philips Hue Bridge for smart control, which allows you to bring colour or shades of white light to your space.
Best outdoor pathway lights
Pathway lighting, £18.99, Amazon
Nestle these stake lights in garden borders or next to your patio to add some subtle light in the evening. Available in a pack of eight, these weatherproof lights are easy to install.
Best outdoor lantern lights and candles
Outdoor lantern bundle, £84.99, Lights4Fun
From courtyards to flower gardens these will sit pretty and radiate an unmissable glow.
Black lantern string lights, £12.52, eBay
Stylish and chic, these will really make an impact to your outside space.
Lantern with fairy lights, £10.50, Dunelm
This stylish metal lantern features 30 firefly lights which create a warm glowing ambience to your garden.
Best shower light for outside
Shower lights, £8.99, Amazon
This watering can shower light will make your neighbours do a double-take.
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