Homes & Gardens

17 Beautiful Ways With Contemporary Outdoor Lights

Reinvent your outdoor space and illuminate your summer evenings with these stylish contemporary lights for your garden.

Much longed-for summer evenings are at last upon us and while the weather may yet be variable, we intend to take full advantage of the fine days and nights as they stretch ahead. To that end, you’ll find us sitting out as late as possible as often as possible with the aid of some beautiful, atmospheric garden lighting.

Soft and subtle – rather than bright and brash – is the key here, all augmented with beautiful flickering candlelight. And once the lighting is right, we’ll be dining al fresco well past the point that summer has officially departed (a firepit and a blanket round the shoulders should do the job just fine as the nip creeps back into the air). Even in the winter, we love looking out on an illuminated garden from the warmth of the house, as opposed to a dark void. Here are a few ideas for lighting your garden at the flick of a switch.

By Nancy Alsop
June 2020


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Outdoor Caged Light, £55

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Anker Outdoor String Lights, £128


Portreath Up And Down Light in Copper, £89


Bolleke Wireless Lamp in Red by Fatboy, £79

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Strand Outdoor Post Lamp, NOW £76

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Astro Pimlico 400 Outdoor Single Wall Light Antique Brass Frame, NOW £149.93

The Conran Shop

Exclusive Alabast Portable Lamp, £265, now £238


St Ives Down Light, NOW £25.50

Original BTC

Exterior Bracket Light, 60W, Swan Neck 7677, £190.83

Jim Lawrence

Cheltenham Wall Light In Antique Bronze, £183

Rockett St George

LED Bud Light Spray, £55

Lighting Company

Fresco Venus Contemporary Cream Finished Stainless Steel Outdoor Wall Light, NOW £40.64

Kes Lighting

Astro Mast 1317005 1 Light Spotlight Antique Brass Coastal Outdoor Wall Light, NOW £72.77

John Lewis

Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance Lily LED Outdoor Stake Lights, Set of 3, £275


Aplomb Outdoor Suspension Light, £407, now £304.95


Bollard Oil Lamp, £119


Sahara Bamboo Lantern Large by Broste Copenhagen, £66

Nancy Alsop


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