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Garden Lighting Recommendations

Looking for recommendations for garden lighting / garden lighting suppliers...

In recent years we have opted for the relatively inexpensive solar string lights that you can pick up for ~£20 in places like The Range. What we have found is that the tend not to last very well with most being good for 1 year.

Now looking to get better quality, wired (not solar) lights - string lights, festoons, etc. Not so much spotlights though.

Have looked on Amazon, but am concerned that most appear to be not that robust or reliable.

Looking to spend up to £200 and would require somewhere in the region of 20 metres length.


  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    It depends on what you are looking for g.king and how you want to use your garden in the evenings. The permutations are endless. Just for decoration, emphasising shrubs, sitting outside, lighting for safety etc. You also need to think about neighbours and light pollution. 

    I have them in my garden, 12 volts, LED, on spikes that I can stick where I want to low light shrubs. It's nice to sit in the conservatory on dark evenings with the lights on but I'm very rural and they don't disturb neighbours. 

    There are plenty of suppliers who display them on their websites to give you an idea of what's available and how to use them.
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • g.kingg.king Posts: 46
    Thanks for your advice @Uff.
    We do have some inexpensive solar spots that we use to emphasize some of the borders. 
    What I am looking for is string / festoon lights to run down the garden attached to the fence panels. Our garden is approx 10m/30ft deep by 5m/15ft wide.
    I have looked on Amazon and a couple of suppliers websites - I want to be sure that paying a bit more than your average £20 set is going to mean better quality lights that will work year after year. A lot of the options on Amazon appear to be cheaper ones made in China.
    So I guess the main question is which suppliers / manufacturers would people recommend?
    I don't think Phillips Hue offer good value though!
  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,130
    I’ve used this company before, they have a good selection of both electric and solar powered ones too.
    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    This is the company that I bought from and they are the Techmar Plug and Play ones, a transformer takes them down to 12v. and I can swap them around at will.
    As I said earlier, there's a whole raft of lights and ideas.
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,183
    I have used these people for solar and indoor (battery powered) lights. They were good quality,  and they also do outdoor lights.
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