Lighting garden paths with solar lamps – 4 creative ideas

In addition to beds and seating areas, garden paths naturally also belong in a garden. So that these do not become a tripping hazard in the dark, it is advisable to illuminate them with solar lamps.

Lighting the garden path with solar lamps
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Who doesn’t know this: you want to quickly go into the back part of the garden and find yourself on the green areas. Funny, there was a garden path somewhere?! Well, in the dark it can get pretty hard not to get “off the right track”. Therefore it is always advisable to illuminate the garden path sensibly. Anyone who is afraid of high electricity costs can calm down immediately. After all, there are already dozens of solar lamps with which garden paths can be optimally illuminated. Here you can even get really creative and set little highlights. How, that’s what our ideas tell you.

Why rely on solar lamps?

The advantages of solar lamps are obvious. They do not require electricity (you can read about this at, can be used flexibly anywhere in the garden and you do not need any prior technical knowledge to install them in the garden. You only need to follow a few important instructions. According to it is e.g. important that you align the solar module to the south, so that as many sun hours as possible can be used. In addition, it makes sense to use products with summer and winter operation. By the way, there are even solar lamps with integrated motion detectors. And all this without laying any cables and without high electricity costs! Class, right?

This is how you can light your garden paths without electricity

1. classic solar lamps:

solar lamp
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First of all, you can of course fall back on the classics, i.e. solar lamps with earth spikes. These are already available today in a wide variety of shapes and colours. Even in the form of figures. Here is allowed what pleases and what fits above all to the garden style.

2. solar light chains:

solar light chain
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Another nice possibility are solar light chains. If you have laid out the garden path like a kind of avenue, then solar light chains naturally come into their own here. They look romantic and still provide enough light. So chains of lights are not only allowed to find their place in trees and bushes during the Christmas season.

Three. Solar cubes:

luminescent pebbles
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Those who have laid out a garden path made of pebbles can also distribute solar luminous stones in between. It looks totally funny when in the dark on the way individual stones suddenly start to glow. However, these stones serve less as lighting than as orientation aids.

4. solar step plates/floor recessed spotlights:

Solar ground recessed spotlight
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Personally, I also find solar step plates and solar ground recessed spotlights beautiful. They also illuminate the garden path wonderfully. However, it is best to integrate them into the garden path while you are laying it out. That’s the easiest thing to do. The subsequent installation is a bit more difficult, but of course feasible. Nevertheless, I would always recommend to install solar ground recessed spotlights directly.


Walking through the garden in the dark is no longer a problem thanks to solar lamps. And best of all: You don’t have to lay any cables! It couldn’t be easier. Solar lamps are therefore perfect for the garden. You can also replace them with other models at any time to keep the garden fresh. Sometimes you can rely on modern light columns, sometimes on mosaic solar balls and sometimes on luminous solar garden figures. Let off steam and let your garden appear in a completely different light as you wish. More clever ideas for garden lighting without electricity can be found here.

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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