Garden house lighting – 6 possibilities for inside and outside

The right garden house lighting does not exist, because every demand and taste is different. Be inspired by my suggestions.

Garden house lighting
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The summer shows its best side, the evenings become longer and more cozy and who can, spends his time as long as possible outside. During the day, the garden is brought in shape, in the evening there is time for cosiness. Those who are in the lucky position of owning a garden house will probably spend many a night in the garden.

Without light in and around the garden house, however, it quickly gets a little creepy. Therefore I will try with my ideas and inspirations to bring you a little closer to the possibilities of garden house lighting.

Basic requirement: an electricity connection

If you use a refrigerator, television or vacuum cleaner in your garden house, an appropriate power connection is unavoidable. The same naturally applies to electrically operated lamps and luminaires. If you have not already done so, you have no choice but to lay a power cable. However, an exact instruction would lead too far at this point. Therefore I recommend to read the councellor on, which explains completely exactly on what is to be particularly paid attention to thereby and why these work are better carried out by a specialist.

Garden socket
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At the same time, you should consider the choice of electricity provider. Even if the electricity consumption in the garden is perhaps not quite as high as that in the house or apartment, you certainly do not have money to give away? A comparison of the provider prices is therefore worthwhile in any case, but here too there are differences. The tariff experts of give you Tipps, how you determine your annual consumption and which electricity tariffs one should better avoid.

Garden house exterior lighting – 3 possibilities

After the question of the power source has been clarified, you can start selecting the lighting options. And I’m fumble we’re now looking in from the outside.

❶ Light the way to the garden house

Garden path lighting
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It makes little sense if you equip your garden house completely with light, but you are in the dark on the way there. Therefore, paths should also be included in the lighting.

❏ Ground Floodlight

Bottom emitters are a very good possibility for this. The number and arrangement should be planned together with the installation of the power connection. The Helligeit is sufficient to ensure a safe way to the garden house and “dark” enough so that neighbours do not feel disturbed.

❏ Solar luminaires

Why waste valuable electricity when you can do without it? If you are afraid of the trouble of installing floor spotlights, use the variant without electricity. Solar lamps, which are simply put into the earth, charge themselves during the day free of charge and switch on automatically at nightfall. The advantage of this lighting option is that you can position or extend the solar lamps elsewhere at any time.

❷ LED Spotlights and Stripes around the Garden House

Garden house lighting
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In my opinion LED lamps are the best form of lighting, because they are energy-saving and give an excellent light. An LED spotlight is suitable for the entrance area of the garden house. In the best case, the intensity of the light can be adjusted according to your own wishes.

To illuminate the garden house as a whole, LED strips are the better choice. This indirect form of lighting is relatively easy to install and creates a very cosy atmosphere.

Extra tip: If you want to protect your garden house from burglars, choose a light source with motion detector. The sudden light scares off potential thieves in most cases.

❸ Lighting the garden house with spotlights

You probably know this lighting method from the Christmas season. Churches and other imposing buildings are often floodlit during the winter months. Even your garden house can shine in such a bright light, if you choose the right light source. In specialist circles, this is referred to as spotlights, which are available in LED and halogen versions: the latter, however, consume significantly more electricity. You can view examples of good garden spotlights at

Garden house interior lighting – 3 possibilities

Let us now devote ourselves to the interior of your garden house. In addition to the usual ceiling lamp, there are other and above all more atmospheric possibilities of lighting.

❶ Indirect Light

Garden house indirect light
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The best way to create a relaxed atmosphere is with indirect light. This means that the actual light source is “hidden”, for example behind furniture or picture frames. Indirect light can also be attached to skirting boards, for example self-adhesive LED strips. If there are not enough sockets in your garden house, ask your dealer for battery-powered variants.

❷ Candles and petroleum lamps

Gartnehaus Lamps Candles
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Candles, lanterns and lamps powered by gas or kerosene provide even more cosiness. But beware: Never leave open light sources unattended. Since garden houses are often made of wood, the fire risk is particularly high.

It is best to use candle holders that enclose the candle. How about a homemade tea light glass, for example? This video shows a simple instruction for it:

Of course you can also take the individual lanterns outside with you, for example as table decoration for your next garden party.

❸ Chains of lights

Garden house chain of lights
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Light chains are the all-rounder when it comes to garden house lighting. At least one should be present in each garden house, because the small lanterns, stars or balls can be hung up almost everywhere without large expenditure. A click on the switch and your small garden domicile turns into a gentle sea of lights.

Don Burke

I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide.  I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.

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