The Best Outdoor Wall Lights to Make Your Garden Shine

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The best outdoor wall lights should not only be practical additions to your garden, they should also add bags of style and ambience to your landscaping scheme as a whole. 

Your choice of outdoor wall lights should be made early on in the garden design process to ensure that they highlight any areas of interest and provide targeted light where needed, such as around a patio or BBQ area, as well providing extra visibility so you're not stumbling into your shrubs late at night. 

As with all aspect of lighting design, your outdoor wall lights should work hard to ensure your house and its surroundings look their best at all times of day. This means choosing lights that look great and fit in with the overall style of your house even during they day when they are not needed for illumination purposes. 

Whatever the reason you’re choosing to install outdoor wall lights, you’ll want to find a design that is not only functional, but stylish too. However, there’s a little more to consider when choosing outdoor wall lights compared to interior styles. You may want to think about a light’s security application, perhaps with a motion sensor, and how adaptable it is for the many uses of your garden space.

We’ve picked our top-rated outdoor wall lights across style, functionality, safety and security to inspire your garden illuminations.  

Best Outdoor Wall Lights

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Luceco Eco Exterior Decorative Cube LED Wall Light

This Lucebo cube is designed to withstand adverse weather. (Image credit: Amazon UK)

1. Luceco LED Exterior Cube

Best outdoor wall light for your budget

Specifications

Power Supply: Mains
IP Rating: IP54
Dimensions: 8cm(H) x 13cm(W) x 13cm(D)
Bulb: LED

Reasons to buy

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Robust
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Easy to install

Reasons to avoid

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Not especially bright for whole-area illumination

Made of a robust die cast aluminium with a corrosion-resistant grey slate finish, this contemporary yet fuss-free wall light creates a warm wash for great ambiance. 

What's more, this neat wall light is able to be surface mounted without any wiring required while achieving a rating IP54 so it's ready for anything the UK weather might throw at it!


Nordlux Design For The People Maze LED Outdoor Wall Light, Black

The Maze light has a beautiful, contemporary design. (Image credit: John Lewis)

2. Nordlux Design for the People Maze

Best designer exterior wall light

Specifications

Power Supply: Mains
IP Rating: IP44
Dimensions: 18cm(H) x 18cm(W) x 4cm(D)
Bulb: LED

Reasons to buy

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Standout design
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Creates a warm wash on the wall

Reasons to avoid

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No sensor

Something for the design-oriented bunch, the Maze light creates a clean, warm illumination which would be perfect to increase kerb appeal by the front doors, or beside a patio area for entertaining. 

However, before purchasing, perhaps weigh up the importance of visibility versus style as the metal rods which form the design might impact how much brightness the light provides. 


Philips Hue Lucca White LED Smart Outdoor Wall Light

A great choice for your smart home. (Image credit: Amazon UK)

3. Philips Hue Lucca Wall Light

The best outdoor light for smart, connected homes

Specifications

Power Supply: Mains
IP Rating: IP44
Dimensions: 12.9cm(H) x 17cm(W) x 21.5cm(D)
Bulb: LED

Reasons to buy

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Voice control
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Remote access
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Welcome Home setting

Reasons to avoid

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Requires Hue Bridge or Hue dimmer switch

Homes are more automated than ever before so including your outdoor illumination with your smart home design is a natural step. 

As well as the usual voice control abilities Philips Hue range offers (compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apply HomeKit) the Welcome Home feature of the Philips Lucca can automatically light up your drive or porch to greet the family's arrival. 

Also, if you're planning to go on holiday for a few day, and don't want to ask the neighbours to turn of the lights so it doesn't look empty, the Lucca can mimic regular routines to warn off unwanted guests. 


John Lewis & Partners Strom LED Outdoor Wall Light

A contemporary wall light for ambience (Image credit: John Lewis)

4. John Lewis Strom Outdoor Wall Light

The best outdoor wall light for ambience

Specifications

Power Supply: Mains
IP Rating: IP44
Dimensions: 16.4cm(H) x 8.5cm(W) x 9.3cm(D)
Bulb: LED

Reasons to buy

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Choice of metallic finishes
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Beautiful top and bottom wall wash effect
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Dimmable

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly basic for the price

If the last two years has taught homeowners anything, it's the value of enjoying your space outdoors. The Strom light is a great option for maximising ambience courtesy of a strong white light that washes both up and down.

The beautiful metallic finish will extend your home's style, and it's impressively sturdy. It comes with a 5-year guarantee too,


Steinel Solar Wall Light XSolar SOL-O

The XSolar will help keep your energy bills in check. (Image credit: Amazon UK)

5. Steinel XSolar Outdoor Wall Light

A great off-mains choice

Specifications

Power Supply: Solar
IP Rating: IP44
Dimensions: 5.3cm(H) x 24.2cm(W) x 9.1cm(D)
Bulb: LED

Reasons to buy

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Infa-red 360º motion sensor
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Battery charging option for winter

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most attractive design

Steinal's XSolar will help keep your energy bills in check and your outdoors illuminated. Though it requires no fiddly wiring, as with all solar powered models, this wall light works best with a direct view of the sun which might impact where you choose to install it. 

Handily, Steinal have come prepared for winter when solar gain is at a minimum and have included a micro-USB port meaning the batter can be charged all-year-round — win win!


LUCANDE Square LED ceiling light Henni for outdoors

This sensor-controlled lamp provides bright illumination.  (Image credit: Lights.co.uk)

6. Lucande Henni Outdoor Lamp

The best choice for deterring unwanted visitors

Specifications

Power Supply: Mains
IP Rating: IP65
Dimensions: 4.8cm(H) x 30cm(W) x 30cm(D)
Bumb: LED

Reasons to buy

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Can be wall or ceiling mounted
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6metre sensor range

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

Sleek, simple and timeless, the Henni wall and ceiling light has a white polycarbonate cover which cannot be seen once installed, leaving only the grey painted aluminium surface on display. 

The warm yet bright light will work wonderfully in both areas which need good visibility – like a front porch – and entertaining spaces like patios where a comfortable, consistent illumination is required. 


Philips Hue White Welcome outdoor spotlight 2300lm

Take your garden illumination one step further with this smart floodlight. (Image credit: Lights.co.uk)

7. Philips Hue Floodlight

The model to maximise your atmosphere

Specifications

Power Supply: Mains
IP Rating: IP44
Dimensions: 15.3cm(H) x 16cm(W) x 22cm(D)
Bumb: LED

Reasons to buy

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Easy to control via app
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Hue colour choices

Reasons to avoid

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Philips Hue Bridge required

Unlike more basic floodlights which can struggle with being too harsh to use as an ambient light, the Philips Hue enables users to adjust brightness and hue warmth to set the right atmosphere outdoors. 

Set schedules, activate with your phone, voice-control with a device inside or do it the old fashioned was with a physical indoor switch — the Hue Floodlight is unparalleled for its low-maintenance and high-performing qualities. 


Atlas Solar Powered Outdoor Spotlights

The Atlas Solar Spotlights are great for illuminating the shrubbery (Image credit: Amazon UK)

8. Atlas Solar Powered Outdoor Spotlights

Great for showing off key garden features

Specifications

Power Supply: Solar
IP Rating: IP44
Dimensions: Panel: ‎17(H) x 19(W) x 3cm(D)
Bulb: LED

Reasons to buy

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Up to 10 hours light from one charge
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Easy to install
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Power-saving mode

Reasons to avoid

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Solar panel is quite large

The Atlas Solar Powered Spotlights are great for highlighting garden features, such as water features, as well as any obstacles. They emit a warm white light which provides light for up to 10 hours from one full charge by the solar panel.

This also come with a power-saving mode which doubles runtimes each night, and they're super easy to install. Two bulbs are provided, but you can also get a pack with a set of four bulbs.

These spotlights have multiple mounting options, including stakes for inserting into the ground, alongside deck and wall mountings. 


Vejers Outdoor Wall Lantern

Make a design impact with this Nordlux model. (Image credit: Wayfair)

9. Nordlux Vejers Outdoor Wall Lantern

An interesting, traditional design with reduced glare

Specifications

Power Supply: Mains
IP Rating: IP54
Dimensions: 23cm(H) x 25cm(W) x 26cm(D)
Bulb: Not Included

Reasons to buy

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Anti-rust coating
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Traditional appearance

Reasons to avoid

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Best installed by a professional

Offer a warm welcome home with the stylish, industrial-inspired Vejers wall light.

The black galvanized steel casing and tiered design does nothing to dampen the bright light while providing a characterful appearance but the model does require being wired directly into a wall so best to keep it near an entryway, rather than down the garden or driveway. 


How to Choose Outdoor Wall Lights

When deciding on the best garden lighting ideas for you, the most important consideration to make – aside from budget, of course – is what function it will provide. As with all lighting design, different types of light cater for different tasks:

Task lighting

Do you have an outdoor kitchen which requires a clear view of the job at hand or a long garden which necessitates a brighter path? Floodlights provide a strong and direct illumination. 

Ambience lighting

Would you like to illuminate a section of the garden for dinner parties, or will the wall light be placed near a porch or entryway? A warm wash down the wall is ideal for setting a cosy environment while a model with a motion detector or security sensor is perfect for wall lights situated outside entryways. 

Accent lighting

Is there a specific feature which you would like your outdoor wall light to highlight? A beautiful designer or contemporary wall light might be just the ticket where practicality isn’t the priority.

How Do I Get Power to My Outdoor Lights?

While mains lights are the most reliable, solar powered options are low-maintenance and demand less energy. 

When planning your lighting design, think about where and how the wall light will be connected. If along the wall of the main house, adjoining to the existing electrical lines might not be too difficult (although this option almost always requires professional installation), but if you want to light up an unconnected garage or along a fence, solar might be the way to go.  

What is an IP Rating for an Outdoor Light?

All outdoors lights are given an IP protection rating to ensure they are suitable for all kinds of weather. The minimum rating is IP44 which means the seals between joints are small enough that water and moisture cannot easily penetrate and damage the light. 

How We Review The Best Outdoor Wall Lights

Here at Homebuilding.co.uk we like to get our hands dirty and trial as many products as possible, but in the instances where we aren’t able to, such as the best outdoor wall lights, we leave no stone unturned to provide you with the crucial information you need to know before buying. 

Our team is passionate about DIY and home improvement (which probably won’t be a surprise) so we already have knowledge about the brands that make these outdoor wall lights. Moreover, we have taken into account user reviews when compiling this buying guide, and gleaned key information from our sister sites such as Real Homes and Ideal Home. 

There's a lot to consider to ensure you buy the best outdoor wall lights, and we’ve scanned the pros and cons of each product in this buying guide to ensure you feel confident in choosing the right outdoor wall lights for your home.  

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.