Lighting & Electrical

Outdoor Lighting Buying Guide

Getting the right outdoor lighting is key. Whether you’re looking for garden spot lighting to entertain your guests al-fresco, garden wall lights to create a safe path or garden security lights to discourage intruders, our outdoor lighting ideas and buying guide will help you to find the right lights for you.

Regardless of the size of your garden, patio or balcony, the right garden lighting will instantly transform your outdoor space into a welcoming area that will also keep you safe and secure.

What should I consider when buying garden & outdoor lighting?

There are many different factors to consider when choosing outdoor and garden lighting:


Larger areas work well with floodlights whilst smaller areas, such as entrance ways, are more suited to task lighting and subtle garden spot lighting.

Function & appearance

Decorative lighting, although easy on the eye, won’t deter intruders – think about what you’re trying to achieve and make sure you’ve got the right lighting for your intended purpose.

Top tips:

  • When using task lighting, it’s a good idea to position switches close to the areas they’re being used in – this will save you a lot of fumbling about.
  • Position deck lights into deck floors carefully to avoid glare. Alternatively, opt for adjustable deck lights for extra flexibility.
  • Garden security lights with either a built-in PIR detector or a stand-alone detector are great for surrounding your home for all-round protection.


What bulbs should I choose?

When choosing bulbs, the most important factors to consider are the size and type. For safety reasons, you’ll need to make sure they’re suitable for outdoor use. Most bulbs are safe to use outdoors, providing they are completely protected from rain and snow. You’ll also want to ensure they are the right brightness level – no one wants to be blinded whilst enjoying evening drinks.

Top tip: Our Light Bulb Buying Guide tells you everything you need to know about choosing the right fittings.

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What safety tips should I follow?

When investing in garden and outdoor lighting, ensure your lighting is weatherproof, waterproof and safe for the purpose you’re using it for.