The best outdoor wall lights: illuminate your garden in style

With our pick of the best outdoor wall lights you can light up pathways, patios and porches with ease

Best outdoor wall lights
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Lighting is a vital element of your garden design, and outdoor wall lights are an important part of the mix. Garden lighting means you can use it as an outdoor living space, plus highlight its features in a way you can appreciate both while you’re out there, and when you’re looking at it from inside your home.

Outdoor wall lighting can provide atmospheric illumination, and show off planting and walls, as well as lighting the way to a door, bi-folds or sliding doors in the back garden, and to the entrance door in the front.

We’ve tracked down the very best outdoor wall lights around for all styles of garden, so check out our brilliant selection. Want to get savvy about outdoor wall lighting? Scroll down for our expert tips, then check our best outdoor lights feature for everything from solar designs to festoon lights. 

The best outdoor wall lights

Strom outdoor wall light

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1. John Lewis & Partners Strom LED Outdoor Wall Light

Best outdoor wall light: sleek design that washes light up and down

Best for : Lasting style
Material : Copper finish
Dimensions : H16.4 x W8.5 x D9.3cm
Bulb type: LED
Reasons to buy
+A++ energy rating+Dimmable+Replaceable bulb
Reasons to avoid
-Copper colour won’t suit all gardens

This smart design washes light up and down the wall to create a decorative effect.

Single or group

This attractive light would look great on its own beside a door, or you could go for a group to create a welcoming ambience.

Colour options

If the copper finish isn’t your preference, you can opt for a steel finish or black to create a different mood.

Bulb swap

Most integrated LED modules can’t be replaced, but you can fit a new bulb to this light when the time comes. 

  • Buy the John Lewis & Partners Strom LED Outdoor Wall Light

Garden Trading Outdoor Barn Light

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2. Garden Trading Outdoor Barn Light

Best outdoor wall light for rustic settings: go for a simple design with lasting good looks

Best for: Cottage gardens
Material: Powder-coated steel
Dimensions: H39 x W25.5 x D38cm from wall
Bulb type: E27 max. 60W or equivalent energy saving bulb
Reasons to buy
+Simple shape+Attractive colour+Easy-to-change bulb
Reasons to avoid
-Won’t suit contemporary garden designs

In a sage green shade, this weatherproof light is the perfect complement to a
garden filled with cottage plants.

Traditional look

This design is based on the type of lamps that were used on outbuildings and stables for checking on animals in the dark and, with its unfussy lines, it’s a design you won’t tire of.

Durable finish

The natural colourway ensures this light will blend in with the palette of hues in a country-style garden.

Swap over

The glass housing is easy to remove to change the bulb for a new one.

  • Buy the Garden Trading Outdoor Barn Light 

Blooma Edna LED outdoor wall light

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3. B&Q Blooma Edna Matt Charcoal Grey LED Outdoor Wall Light

Best outdoor wall light for contemporary style: this metal fitting lets you adjust the beam of light

Best for: Modern gardens
Material : Powder-coated aluminium
Dimensions: H10 x W10 x D10cm
Bulb type: LED
Reasons to buy
+Adjustable beams+A rated+Warm white light
Reasons to avoid
-No motion sensor

Whether it’s by the front door, or lighting up a garden wall, this streamlined design will create a fabulous finish.

Fuss free

This design puts the focus on the light itself rather than the fitting; it washes the wall above and below it. The spread of light can be adjusted from top and bottom to create the effect you prefer.

Welcome home

The warm white of the light makes this an ideal choice by the front door, or creating ambience in a garden seating or dining area.

Contemporary choice

Its square shape will complement gardens with clean lines and architectural planting.

  • Buy the B&Q Blooma Edna Matt Charcoal Grey LED Outdoor Wall Light 

Strothers Swan Neck Outdoor Fisherman Light

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4. Strothers Swan Neck Outdoor Fisherman Light

Best outdoor wall light for a nautical look: evoke seaside style wherever you live with this curvaceous light

Best for : Coastal charm
Material: Metal
Dimensions: H35.5 x W29.5 x D35.5cm
Bulb type: LED, CFL, halogen, incandescent
Reasons to buy
+A+ rated+Durable+Wipes clean
Reasons to avoid
-Not dimmable

Introduced some nautical touches to your garden and put in typical coastal plants? This fisherman’s lamp is the perfect finishing touch.

Light the way

Ideal by a door, or on the patio, this light is also suitable for illuminating a passageway or path.

Traditional feature

The shape of this light is a classic, and a decorative filament bulb adds to its appeal.

Easy care

Made from metal, this light is durable, and any cobwebs or dirt can be removed with a dry cloth.

  • Buy the Strothers Swan Neck Outdoor Fisherman Light

Philips Ecomoods Bridge Outdoor Wall Light

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5. Philips Ecomoods Bridge Outdoor Wall Light

Best outdoor wall light for automatic switch on: this modern design has a motion sensor for light on arrival

Best for: A well-lit front door
Material: Aluminium
Dimensions: H24.5 x W11.8 x D10.1cm
Bulb type: LED
Reasons to buy
+Warm white light+Long-life bulb+Motion sensor
Reasons to avoid
-Not for classic gardens

Assuring 80 per cent energy savings compared to traditional light sources, this design could reduce your electricity bill.

Many hours

The bulb included with this light promises up to 20,000 hours of operation, so you shouldn’t need to change it in a hurry.

Motion sensor

Try this light at your front door: it will turn on at your presence so you can see clearly to put your keys in the lock. Or fit it for the patio so it switches on as soon as you step outside.

Match windows

With an anthracite finish, this light is perfect for picking up the colour of bi-fold doors or window frames for a pulled-together look.

  • Buy the Philips Ecomoods Bridge Outdoor Wall Light

Argos Home Indira Grey Outdoor Cage Wall Lantern

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6. Argos Home Indira Grey Outdoor Cage Wall Lantern

Best industrial look outdoor wall light: create a vintage look – and at a great price

Best for : Timeless style
Material: Aluminium
Dimensions: H29 x W16.4 x D19.4cm
Bulb type : Classic ES Edison eco halogen bulb
Reasons to buy
+Glass diffuser+Weather resistant+Good value
Reasons to avoid
-Can’t be dimmed-Assembly required

This low-priced light won’t look like a budget design on the wall of your home, and is ideal for porch or patio.

Great glow

The glass diffuser of this design ensures a wonderfully warm glow through the aluminium cage of the light.

Industrial style

Vintage-style lights like this one are a perennial favourite, and you won’t tire of the look of this model.

Over to you

You will need to put this light together yourself, and it doesn’t come with a bulb, so don’t forget to add one to your shopping basket.

  • Buy the Argos Home Indira Grey Outdoor Cage Wall Lantern

How to choose the best outdoor wall light

Outdoor wall lights are a functional choice, but they can create atmosphere, too. Picking the right design means thinking about where the light will be located and therefore what benefits it needs to provide, but also how its appearance complements your garden.

Types of wall light

Wall light designs include both the contemporary and more traditional. The best options will echo the style of your garden for a pulled-together effect. Think about the finish, too. Cooler metal tones have more standout, while warmer ones will add subtle highlights, black finishes can be classically smart, and coloured finishes could blend with the tones of your planting.

Outdoor safety

Lights are given an IP (ingress protection) rating that shows how well protected the fittings is against moisture and foreign bodies like dirt. The higher the rating, the more water and dirt-proof the light is. We recommend opting for a minimum rating of IP44 for an outdoor wall light to be sure it can withstand heavy rain.

Motion detection

Think about whether you’d like your wall lights to be fitted with a passive infrared sensor (PIR). These can detect motion within a certain range which turns the light on. Wall lights with motion sensoring are useful at the front of the house so you don’t need to leave a light on when you’re out. 

Light bulbs

Outdoor wall lights that take LED bulbs save a massive amount of energy compared to incandescent bulbs plus the bulbs last longer. Be aware, though, that the LED bulbs in some outdoor wall lights cannot be replaced. 

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