Light up your outdoor space
Tops tips on lighting to lead you out of the darkness
know the basics
For external lighting you need to install three different types: Task lighting for practical jobs, ambient lighting for everyday use and accent lighting to highlight features and set the mood.
A Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor security light is useful. It’s triggered by motion, so will flood an area with light when you pass by. We suggest the Litecraft Vanguard Outdoor 120W large round wall light with PIR sensor, £19, Debenhams.
Give a gentle glow to the areas you use the most with wall lights. Garden Trading has a good range, from £25. Alternatively, hang a string of outdoor festoon lights above your seating area for a party – Festive Lights has a great selection.
Highlight paths, walls and border edges. Discreet solar powered lights on stakes are ideal as they don’t need batteries or electricity, so they can be located anywhere. Try Solar Black lights, £24.99 for 12, Argos.