19 solar garden lights to add some sparkle to your outdoor space

If you are looking for a quick way to spruce up your outdoor space, you need solar garden lights in your life. A few sparkly additions will add a warm atmosphere to your garden or patio, and they’re eco-friendly and easy to install.

Solar lights are better suited for aesthetic purposes rather than illuminating your space after dark, as they are not as powerful as mains-powered options. So if you’re looking for something more practical, take a look at our other garden lighting ideas.

Whatever your taste, there are plenty of solar garden lights to choose from that will help create a little ambiance in bare seating areas or in a garden bar. A series of stake fires will mark out alleys and flowerbeds, while pretty fairy lights Hanging from a fence or railing will help set the right mood for dinner parties. Quite decorative solar lanterns will brighten up dark corners and look lovely hanging from trees. They are also perfect for keeping handy on your outdoor dining set to add a warm glow to the surroundings.

How do solar garden lights work?

Solar-powered lights rely on a steady supply of intense sunlight rather than electricity, which makes them more environmentally friendly than mains-powered options – and they won’t increase your energy bills. To install them, simply place them (or, sometimes, the attached solar panel) in a sunny location and they will turn on automatically after dark.

Do solar garden lights work in winter?

Solar lights need sunlight to work so they work best in spring and summer. We recommend bringing them indoors during the winter to avoid weather damage.

Solar garden lights: our favorites

From twinkling string lights to lightly twinkling lanterns, here’s our pick of the best solar garden lights to create a warm and welcoming ambience in your home’s outdoor space.

Best solar garden lights: string lights


Ivy Firefly Solar String Lights

Best Solar Garden Lights: Starburst Lights


Starburst Solar Lights

Best solar garden lights: Stake lights


Frosted Solar Stake Lights

Best solar garden lights: string lights


Solar Ivy LED Outdoor String Lights

Best Solar Garden Lights: Balloon Shape


Purple Balloon Moroccan Solar Lantern

Best Solar Garden Lights: Flower Stake Lights


Solar Flower Stake Lights

Best solar garden lights: Iridescent lanterns


Firefly Opal Lantern

Best solar garden lights: Hanging lights


40 Warm White Bubble Solar String Lights

Best Solar Garden Lights: Street Lights


Solar glass stones

Best solar garden lights: Rattan lights


Rattan Solar Lanterns

Best solar garden lights: Multi-colored lights


Set of 6 Color Changing Solar Stake Lights

Best Solar Garden Lights: Sphere Shape


solar sphere lights

Best solar garden lights: For small spaces


Cracked Glass Solar Lamp

Best solar garden lights: Hanging lamp


garden string light

Best solar garden lights: Wicker lamp


LED Solar Table Lamp

Best solar garden lights: Neon


Solar Neon Cactus Stake Light

Best solar garden lights: Spotlights


LED Solar Spotlight

Best solar garden lights: Portable lights


Portable Solar Lamp

Best solar garden lights: Bunting


coastal sun bunting

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