Summer is here, which means we’re aiming to spend as much time outdoors as possible (weather permitting, of course).

Think lazy Sundays spent around the barbecue, followed by balmy nights sitting around drinking with friends.

If the rain holds off, all you really need is some decent lighting to keep the party going.

While the main requirement might be durability (thanks to that aforementioned wet and wild British summer), it doesn’t hurt if these lights are design-led too.

Garden lighting can transform an outdoor space, whether that’s a low-maintenance patio, a grander landscaped area or simply a tiny patch of grass.

For the best results, you’re going to want to combine a selection of lights: think festoon lights slung across the seating area, fairy lights draped over the trees and lanterns to act as lighting markers.

Make sure you check whether what you’re buying is solar-powered, battery-operated or requires a socket as not all gardens will have one. 

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The verdict: Outdoor lights

We love the FatBoy’s Thierry LeSwinger which is a great all-round garden light, especially if you don’t have a fixed place to put it.

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