The 10 Best Garden Lights

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This wiki has been updated 22 times since it was first published in January of 2018. Even if most of the time you spend enjoying your home's outdoor space is during daylight hours, it would be nice to make the most of the warm summer nights without struggling to see. Our selection of garden lights will help you do just that, and includes both decorative options and more functional solutions for keeping a path illuminated or highlighting a particular area. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Pic Killer Torch

2. Osord 2-in-1

3. Tdyjwell Ground Disk

Editor's Notes

June 01, 2020:

During this busy round of updates, half of our previous selections – the Favolook 3 Pack, SolarGlow LED, Solarmart Lilies, TomCare 2-in-1 and VicTsing Spotlights – all needed to be removed due to availability issues, and were replaced by a host of new additions including the Pic Killer Torch — which doubles as a bug zapper, the Osord 2-in-1 — which features a flexible design that can be either wall- or ground-mounted, and the Tdyjwell Ground Disk — an eight-pack of low-profile fixtures that you can safely go right over with a lawn mower.

A few things to think about for this category:

Location: While most of our selections can easily be installed by any DIYer with a basic skill set, it’s obvious that each model was designed with specific installation methods in mind, so take care to select a set of fixtures that work well with the space you’re decorating.

Ground-mounted models with integrated stakes – like the Gigalumi Outdoors, Maggift Pathway and Zuckeo Landscape – tend to dominate this category, but we have included some wall-mountable options – like the MaxVolador Wall Washer and Osord 2-in-1 – and even included the Amir Solar String to ensure that string lights got some much-needed representation in this category. If you think string lights are a feature your project could benefit from, we maintain a separate set of rankings for string lights, as well as an independent page reserved strictly for solar string lights.

If ground mounting is the way you want to go, but you’re somewhat particular about what height your lights needs to be at, the Pic Killer Torch is a choice you might be interested in. Its adjustable pole can see your light supported two, three or four feet off the ground, according to your preference.

Power Source: Conveniently, solar-powered LEDs are the driving force behind much of this category, resulting in a wide selection of excellent options that, so long as they have decent exposure to the sun, should require no electrical wiring. A couple notable exceptions are the MaxVolador Wall Washer — a simple plug-and-play option, and the Zuckeo Landscape — an eight-pack of low-voltage lawn fixtures that need to be wired up to a separately purchased voltage transformer.

Despite the obvious drawbacks, in terms of their inconvenient installation processes and extra costs associated, one benefit of line-voltage selections like these is that they present users with the option of hooking them up to an outdoor remote control outlet, which can make controlling your lights much easier. Another benefit worth considering is that you can easily situate these lights in any shady area, without worrying about whether they’re getting enough sun during the day to shine all night. By and large, I’m still a major fan of solar lights, but for these reasons, there are still times when a line-voltage selection might be advisable.

Flexibility: Although we feel that all of our selections for this category might make great additions to your garden, there are a few, which we think are worth mentioning, that are suitable for other applications, as well. While the Pic Killer Torch comes with a tabletop base that make it easily useable as a patio bug zapper, string-light selections like the Amir Solar String might come in handy when it comes time to decorate your Christmas tree, and models like the MaxVolador Wall Washer may pair nicely with a bubble machine or fog machine, if ever the urge to throw a dance party comes over you.

Now that you’ve got that sorted out, all that’s left to do is pickout a new garden fence, some landscape speakers and a hammock and your outdoor space should be just about good to go!

4. MaxVolador Wall Washer

5. Qinol Landscape Decoration

6. Amir Solar String

7. Pandawill Color Ball

8. Zuckeo Landscape

9. Maggift Pathway

10. Gigalumi Outdoors

Will Rhoda
Last updated by Will Rhoda

After deciding that the pen was mightier than the pliers, Canadian electrical contractor William Rhoda abandoned his career and headed back to college, where he majored in marketing and advertising and won a scholarship along the way to earning a diploma in creative communications. His past career landed him a depth of knowledge in tools and hardware, while his current career schooled him in audio, video and camera equipment. During his leisure time, he’s learned lots about outdoor gear, and years of tiresome backyard maintenance have taught him all about pools and hot tubs. His recreational pursuits include rest, relaxation and revolutionary action, and his roommate’s a hairless cat.

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