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Wall Lights Make Outdoor Garden Party Extra Special

By Andrew Fraser on 04.13.2019 in Scotlight Direct

Wall Lights Make Outdoor Garden Party Extra Special

Whether you’re snuggling up around an open fire, dining al fresco with friends in the summer or relaxing by the side of a sunny poolhouse in the Mediterranean, creating an area that is both comfortable and inviting is crucial to entertaining your guests.

Whatever the occasion, wall lights for the outdoor are your best friends when it comes making your garden party extra special. From delicate fairy lights to warming festoons, there is a range of different lighting choices you can use to spruce up your exterior living space.

With such a wide range of wall lights available, it can be difficult to know which ones to choose. That’s why in this article we’ll be sharing our favorite outdoor lighting styles to make things easier for you.

Types and Styles of Garden Lighting

Wall Lanterns

Lanterns are a classic, timeless garden light which can be used in just about any exterior living space. Layered with festoons, stake lights and cage fixtures, hanging lanterns are both practical and stylish, offering focused light around specific areas light doorways and tables.

Taking on the aesthetic of a Victorian highwayman’s hanging lantern, outdoor garden lamps feature transparent cases which house either flame or electric bulbs, typically having a handle which can be carried or hung.

Finished with polished metal or aging bronze looks, lanterns are perfect for illuminating both indoor and outdoor spaces, lighting up evenings spent relaxing in the garden.


Festoon lights make the perfect addition to any open garden, providing a quaint seaside feel and adding soft illumination. These lights are ideal for occasions like parties, weddings, and celebrations of all kinds. 

If you’re planning to host a large party, putting up some modest festoons will allow you to add subtle illumination whilst maintaining style.

To make use of festoons, be sure to layer them effectively with other lights. As they aren’t the brightest of lights on their own, coupling them with others like lanterns, marker lights and table lamps will ensure that your visitors can get around safely without being blinded by light.

Solar Marker Lights

Stake or marker lights are a relatively inexpensive way to provide safety illumination and keep your costs down. Of the varieties of marker lights available, we like to use solar fixtures as these require little maintenance whilst offering subtle light along pathways and patio edges.

While solar lights aren’t hugely powerful, they don’t need to be. Using several lights together will ensure that your garden receives adequate light, keeping your costs down and your garden looking fantastic.

Fairy Lights

Perfect for adding soft and subtle light to both interior and exterior living spaces, fairy lights are minimalistic and stylish, offering supplemental illumination ideal for lighting up garden parties.

Garden Lighting Tips

If you’re thinking about lighting up your garden or landscape with outdoor fixtures, it’s important to remember that a little often goes a long way. Instead of overdoing it and throwing down lights here, there and everywhere, we recommend that you be as intentional with your choices as possible.

Below are some of our top tips for lighting your garden as practically and stylistically as possible.

Keep Things Flexible

The key to successful landscape lighting is to keep your choices flexible. Lights such as LED spikes or stakes are ideal as they can be moved to suit the demands of each occasion. Sticking to lights that can be adjusted when necessary will ensure that you’re able to adapt your lighting scheme where necessary.

Of course, implementing a few permanent fixtures is never a bad idea, so long as these fixtures don’t restrict your preferences.

Light Steps for Safety Purposes

If you have any steps in your garden, be sure to keep them well-lit. It’s all well and good adding low-lit festoons and fairy lights, however, using these without the assistance of more safety-focused fittings like step lights and stakes could be a recipe for disaster.

It’s important that you remember to balance practicality with style. If you prioritize aesthetic alone, you’re likely to end up with poorly-lit areas of your garden and these will only cause problems – both stylistically and where safety is concerned.

We recommend combining lights intended to look good with lights that serve to circumvent injury.

Illuminate Ornamental Pieces

In daylight, ornamental pieces such as fountains, statues and other pieces of attractive furniture look fantastic. They add character and depth to a garden, standing out amongst everything else.

At night, however, they’re often left entirely invisible. Without illumination, nobody is going to be able to see your cherished sculptures, so be sure to light them with the fixtures you choose to add into your garden.

Up-facing lights, wall cages, and even fairy lights trailed around pieces can be used to draw attention to them, ensuring that their beauty is still visible even when the sun goes in.

Experiment With Different Colors

Most people tend to stick with basic colors like black and chrome when using garden lights. Although these do a good job at blending with most exteriors, it’s always a good idea to experiment with different colors.

Copper fittings can work to complement neutral colors, whilst olive greens blend well with the natural hues of garden space. Be sure to mix and match different lighting colors to discover the tones that best suit your preferences.

Don’t Forget the Front Garden

When talking about garden lights, most of us think solely in terms of the back garden and forget to illuminate the front of our houses. Consider how the approach to your house will look at night without the sunshine.

Adding uplights underneath key features like trees, shrubs or frontal facades can add style and finesse to your house, giving people a great first impression when entering your home. Be sure to balance soft fixtures with essential security lights so as to avoid dazzling your visitors with too much light.