The Ultimate Guide to LED Garden Lighting

Posted by Birddog Lighting on Jul 18th 2018

The Ultimate Guide to LED Garden Lighting

Are you considering lighting options for your outdoor garden?

Depending on how you use it, LED garden lighting can add an extra dash of magic to any landscape. Not only that, it’s cost-effective and a great energy saver.

If you find that you don’t know where to start, keep reading to learn more about your lighting options and how to use them.

LED Garden Lighting

After working so tirelessly on your new garden, you’ll want to make it stand out. Outdoor lighting not only enhances the look of your home, but it can be used to add extra dimension to your garden’s best features.

LED lights are energy-efficient, durable, and eco-friendly. LED lighting does more than the name suggests; it creates a safer environment all around.

They have nearly no UV emissions. Just another pro if you have sensitive plants within your garden.

For more information, check out our complete LED guide.

Types of Lighting

Your first jump into the world of outdoor LED lights can be overwhelming. There are many different options for you.

Each light is completely unique and offers a different experience. Some are more for safety while others are purely aesthetic.

Below, you’ll find some of the best.

String Lights

They’ve been named one of the easiest, fastest, and cheapest ways to spruce up your outdoor scenery. String lights are beautiful, and with a little creativity, they can be used in numerous ways.

One method is to line them either around the perimeter or along the seams of an umbrella. Although such a thing is unneeded at night, it can liven up any garden space for after dark relaxation and other activities.

You can also take advantage of multiple anchor points within your garden. You can use fencing, lighting posts, trees, even your home’s balcony as a start. The lights can then be stretched in almost any direction.

With multiple strings, you can create zig-zag patterns. If you have a large garden area to work with, you can use them to separate it into different sections.

Rope Lights

If you’re looking for minimal accents to go under or around railings, try rope lights. They’re similar to string lights, but instead are long, cylindrical tubes that house spaced sources of light.

In many cases, they’re able to give the appearance of glowing or twinkling light. This creates a dynamic and aesthetically pleasing environment.

Remember, light output for these tend to be minimal. It is primarily recommended for decorative purposes.


These bright beams are a go-to for most landscape lovers. Used correctly, spotlights can add extra dimension and fun shadow-work to your garden.

There are many different types of spotlights to choose from. Each one has its own unique flare.

Some are equipped with broad beam light. They’re similar to floodlights and are perfect for illuminating large areas. In fact, they can light up to a 15-meter distance.

You can also choose directional beam lights. They can shine up to 8 meters and are more for shining on specific pieces.

These lights can either be staked into the ground or mounted on a wall.

Grow Lights

Created for the indoor gardener in mind, grow lights are a type of hydroponic lighting. They masterfully illuminate your plants and encourage them to grow healthier.

LED grow lights are small, long-lasting energy savers. This makes them the preferred option in the hydroponics market.

They also have high luminous efficiency in comparison to fluorescent and incandescent lights.

Lighting Techniques

Creativity is key when planning how you will light your garden. Be open to experiment with various techniques until you find what works best for you. It should be a fun experience.


Placing lights on the ground and beaming them straight up at a high object is uplighting. For gardens, it can accentuate large trees and statues.


The opposite of uplighting, downlighting involves placing the light high and aiming it downward. This technique is used to diffuse light across large surface areas.

Use it to illuminate a patio or deck among your garden.


Similar to downlighting, this effect is created when fixtures are placed high in a tree and aimed down. You can place multiple fixtures that will cast light through leaves and branches.

It creates beautiful shadows on the ground, and it only gets better when the wind blows.

Cross Lighting

This effect lights a feature from two sides. Cross lighting can be difficult to accomplish; overdoing it can wash out the object.

Used appropriately, it can highlight the main feature of a garden and soften it just as well. If the object is in front of a wall, massive shadows can form, creating a larger-than-life appearance.


The technique of grazing is used to highlight textures. If you have a stone wall or even a tree with a unique texture, you can use grazing to highlight the texture and create interesting shadow play.


A fantastic option for accentuating large pieces is silhouetting. Just as the name suggests, you can place a single light behind a large statue, tree, or plant.

Light will beam around the edges of the figure, giving your garden complex and interesting views.

Light Up Your Garden and Your Life

There are so many options for you when it comes to LED garden lighting. No matter how big, small, or unique your set up is, you can find a lighting system that works for you.

Again, after all that work you put into your garden, why wouldn’t you want to be able to enjoy it at night? It can be a whole new experience and become the perfect backdrop for a gathering.

If you’re ready to begin, head on over to our shop for all your lighting needs.