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23 best outdoor lights to make your garden truly magical this summer

From fairy lights to solar illumination, brighten up your garden in 2022...

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. If you're still wanting to create your own paradise in the garden, 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 2022, 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, £10.99, Amazon

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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, £11.95, Amazon

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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, £11.99, Amazon

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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, £32.53, Amazon

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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, £5.49, Amazon

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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

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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, £24.99, Amazon

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We adore these spherical twinkly solar-powered lights, which look so special when dangling from a tree.

Best outdoor solar lanterns

Outdoor Solar Lanterns, £34.95, Sparkle Lighting

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Looking for something a little bit different? These outdoor solar lanterns are just that! They are guaranteed to brighten up your garden. 

3 Lucena Cream Tassel Solar Lanterns, £37.99, Lights4Fun

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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.

Best outdoor fairy lights

Solar Powered Fairy String Lights - Flowers, £2.99, eBay

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Another floral choice ? sweet daisy fairy lights that will add a whimsical vibe to your garden at night.

Koopower Battery Operated Waterproof Fairy Lights, £13.99, Amazon

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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

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These gorgeous pendant lights are bound to brighten up your life!

Best outdoor parasol lights

Parasol LED Lighting, £9.99, Amazon

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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.

Umbrella lights, £23.99, Amazon

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These lights will make such a difference when the sun goes down and the party starts.

Best outdoor wall lights

Outdoor LED wall light, £35.99, Amazon

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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

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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.

Best outdoor smart lighting

Outdoor ambient spotlight by Phillips, £111.99, John Lewis

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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

Set of five shepherd's hooks, £24.99, Lights4Fun

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Nestle these stake lights in garden borders or next to your patio to add some subtle light in the evening. 

Best outdoor lantern lights and candles

Outdoor lantern bundle, £84.99, Lights4Fun

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From courtyards to flower gardens these will sit pretty and radiate an unmissable glow. 

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