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15 outdoor lighting ideas that'll make your home shine

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Knowing how to add outdoor lighting to your home can be tricky. Do you opt for lashings of garden fairy lights? Are patio lamp posts a good idea? The questions go on and on, but we're here to answer them all in one helpful swoop. 

We've thought of some truly spectacular ways to add a little illumination to your outside spaces and, if any take your fancy, the most you'll have to do is call an electrician to come and complete the job for you. 

It really is that simple but the impact will be anything but!

1. Light the edges of your garden

Night time in the Garden:  Garden  by GK Architects Ltd
GK Architects Ltd

Night time in the Garden

GK Architects Ltd

For a modern, impactful look. Pretty fencing is a must though!

2. Huge lamps

Outdoor Lighting, Planters & Decorative Objects:  Garden  by A Place In The Garden Ltd.
A Place In The Garden Ltd.

Outdoor Lighting, Planters & Decorative Objects

A Place In The Garden Ltd.

These add some real design gravitas and can be mounted or hung anywhere.

3. Lighting your roof

modern Houses by Licht-Design Skapetze GmbH & Co. KG

This will emphasise the size of your home whilst also making it look impressive.

4. Pretty lamps either side of your front door

Traditional Front Door: classic Houses by Shine Lighting Ltd
Shine Lighting Ltd

Traditional Front Door

Shine Lighting Ltd

These look so welcoming and are a must for heritage homes.

5. Gate post lighting

Pedestal lights are a great way to add additional light to your Gateway: classic Garden by Shine Lighting Ltd
Shine Lighting Ltd

Pedestal lights are a great way to add additional light to your Gateway

Shine Lighting Ltd

Adds real class to your property and makes cold callers think twice about ringing your doorbell.

6. Exotic hanging lamps

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by Decoración Andalusí Iluminación
Decoración Andalusí Iluminación

Moroccan lighting at the outdoor living room

Decoración Andalusí Iluminación

Make a terrace look fun and are utterly perfect for garden parties.

7. Porch lighting

 Front doors by FingerHaus GmbH
FingerHaus GmbH

MEDLEY 210 A—Eingangsbereich

FingerHaus GmbH

Not just beautiful but also adds an extra level of security. It's always nice to be able to see who's stood at your door!

8. Party-ready terrace lighting

These pendulums make it feel like a cabana bar.

9. Garage lighting

When you get home after dark, garage lighting will prove to be a real godsend and could prevent scuffed bumpers.

10. Motion activated security lighting

Let's never underestimate the value of motion activated security lighting.

11. Natural garden lighting

 Garden  by Essenze di Luce
Essenze di Luce

Menhir di Luce

Essenze di Luce

When it's not on, you don't know it's there! These sliced rock lights are so cool and solar powered.

12. Lighting your lawn

 Garden  by MOONLIGHT International GMBH
MOONLIGHT International GMBH

MOONLIGHT VOLLKUGEL MIT EINGRABSOCKEL

MOONLIGHT International GMBH

Put your well maintained garden in the spotlight!

13. Lighting garden arbours

Maltese Road  - Copyright John Glover: modern Garden by Aralia
Aralia

Maltese Road —Copyright John Glover

Aralia

This will make the space look even prettier at night and good old fairy lights can tackle the task!

14. Wrap cable lights around a parasol

What a great way to make outdoor dining more fun!

15. Balcony lighting

It looks especially chic when used to highlight the building.

For more bright ideas, learn about the: 7 lighting mistakes you're almost certainly making.

Which of these ideas flicked your inspiration switch?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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