The Best Outdoor Wall Lights For Lighting Up Your Home

Transform your outdoor space with our handpicked selection of practical and stylish outdoor wall lights, designed to enhance ambience and security.
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Whether you’re seeking to enhance your home’s kerb appeal, extend your evenings outdoors or provide an added layer of security, there are plenty of outdoor wall lights to choose from.

Choosing from the selection of outdoor wall lights comes down to personal taste and the strategic placement of each light. For instance, up and down lights prove exceptional companions for front doors, garages and feature walls whereas others find their ideal home near walkways, in dimly lit corners or even in your garden. Therefore, your choice ultimately hinges on where you envision these outdoor wall lights making the most impact.

To assist you in selecting outdoor wall lights, our handpicked selection lists top-performing lights, chosen based on our first-hand experience installing multiple fixtures. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Long Life Lamp Company Wall Light
Best Aesthetics: Long Life Lamp Company Wall Light
Klighten Up Down Outdoor Wall Lights
Best Up And Down: Klighten Up Down Wall Lights
MEIKEE Super Bright Outdoor Wall Light
Best With Sensor: MEIKEE Super Bright Outdoor Wall Light
Mr Beams Wireless Outdoor LED Spotlights
Best Battery Powered: Mr Beams Wireless Outdoor LED Spotlights
OUSFOT LED Solar Lights
Best Solar: OUSFOT LED Solar Lights
CGC Coach Lantern Outdoor Wall Light
Best Traditional: CGC Coach Lantern Outdoor Wall Light

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Outdoor Wall Lights

To improve the kerb appeal of most properties we own and manage (rentals and Airbnb’s), we often install a variety of outdoor lighting. From up and down wall lights to those with motion sensors, there is a huge selection to choose from and we’ve installed multiple (as shown in the images of recent installations below) over the years.

Up and down lights are our favourite option for front doors, garages and feature walls and as you can see by the side-by-side images below, they certainly make a huge difference considering there were no lights by the door previously. However, for other areas such as the garden or sides of the house, we often opt for a motion sensor wall light to improve visibility and security.

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During our ongoing testing of outdoor wall lights, we analyse their build quality, ease of installation and operation, aesthetics, additional functionality and energy performance.

In the photos below are recent installations where we tested some of our top recommendations which included the Long Life Lamp Company Lantern and the MEIKEE Super Bright LED and we highly rate both wall lights.

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In terms of turning outdoor wall lights on and off (if they aren’t controlled by a sensor), there are multiple ways to do so but our favourite method is to use a smart plug. In the video below that we posted on our YouTube channel, you can see just how easy it is to control the lights via a smartphone application but we mostly use the app to set schedules.

To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest outdoor wall lights (for this article), we are continually testing out the latest wall lights from top brands in the UK. This means that when we notice a brand has released a new and improved light, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test (where applicable).

As well as our testing and experience installing multiple outdoor wall lights, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the light’s build quality, aesthetics, energy performance, durability, ease of installation, warranty and value for money.

The Best Outdoor Wall Lights

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1. Best Aesthetics: Long Life Lamp Company Wall Light

(How We Review →)

As outdoor wall lights can be a focal point of your house, you’ll want to ensure it’s aesthetically pleasing and one of our top recommendations is this modern lantern design by the Long Life Company. This is because it combines classic and contemporary design elements to enhance the look of your property and provide a warm welcoming vibe.

A desirable feature of this particular outdoor wall light is the clear diffuser that showcases the bulb and it’s desirable because you can opt for a unique-looking LED bulb to give the light a more interesting appearance.

Pros
  • Modern design that'll look great wherever it's installed
  • IP44 rated and able to withstand harsh weather conditions
  • LED bulb can be easily replaced
  • High-quality construction
Cons
  • Not suitable for coastal areas
  • Relatively expensive when compared to other wall lights

To conclude, the Long Life Company’s Lantern is a well-made outdoor wall light that’ll look fantastic wherever it’s installed. Apart from the premium price tag, there isn’t much to dislike and it certainly won’t disappoint.

We recently installed this light (as shown in the “How We Rated” section) outside a front door of a rental property and it gets regularly complimented (even by the postman!). Apart from up and down lights, the lantern design of this wall light is certainly one of the most aesthetically pleasing options and it’ll be a great addition to most properties.

2. Best Up And Down: Klighten Up Down Wall Lights

(How We Review →)

Up and down lights are very popular and often sold in pairs as they create a warm welcome at your doorstep but they also look great wherever they are installed. Due to their popularity, there is a wide range of options to choose from but by far the best on the market is by the Klighten brand. This is because they are constructed of high-quality aluminium and also include the desirable feature of replaceable bulbs, which means you can install any GU10 bulbs you wish.

Pros
  • Constructed of aluminium instead of steel like many of the cheaper alternatives
  • Replaceable GU10 bulbs
  • Tempered glass diffuser that doesn't scratch and can be easily cleaned
  • Designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and is rated at IP65
  • Available in desirable colours such as anthracite, black, white, bronze and dark grey
  • Easy to install with clear instructions and all the required hardware in the box
Cons
  • Doesn't come with GU10 bulbs in the box

Although expensive, the Klighten lights are the best up and down wall lights on the market that are built to last and are available in multiple colours. They also feature replaceable GU10 bulbs instead of integrated bulbs, which means you can choose a GU10 bulb that you want instead of being restricted or having to replace the wall light altogether if the bulb breaks. During testing, we installed Philips Hue GU10 bulbs and this enabled us to adjust the colour.

3. Best With Sensor: MEIKEE Super Bright Outdoor Wall Light

(How We Review →)

The MEIKEE LED is a wall light that we’ve rated as the best security light and it’s a great bit of kit for the money. With a selection of power options available (15 to 60 watts), you can choose a light that covers your entire outdoor space and with motion detection of up to 12 metres, it’s the perfect wall light for providing your home with added security.

The brand has been improving its outdoor wall lights for many years now and this particular model is the 4th generation with an upgraded push button design, brighter light, a more sensitive PIR sensor and an IP66 waterproof rating.

Pros
  • New and improved design (fourth generation)
  • IP66 rated and able to withstand even the harshest of UK weather conditions
  • Excellent motion detection range of up to 12 metres
  • Offers great value for the money
  • Easy to operate with push buttons located on the mount
  • Multiple time and light settings to choose from
  • Adjustable bracket and sensor angle to best suit your requirements
  • Very bright LED light output
Cons
  • The length of the power cable may be an issue if you need to install it far away

To conclude, the MEIKEE LED is the most popular outdoor wall light on the market and it’s clear to see why because it’s affordable, built to last and offers plenty of intuitive functionality. However, the main reason why we recommend this particular wall light is because of its impressive motion detection range of up to 12 metres and this aspect is what makes it a perfect light if you require added convenience and security.

4. Best Battery Powered: Mr Beams Wireless Outdoor LED Spotlights

(How We Review →)

If you don’t want to wire an outdoor wall light to mains power but instead prefer to use batteries, the Mr Beams Wireless light is a great option to consider. Although it’s a battery-powered wall light, it’s still able to output an impressive amount of light (200 Lumens) and the brand states that it’ll provide a coverage of up to 55 square metres.

In terms of the installation, it’s completely wireless and by using the supplied screws, you can install it anywhere outdoors in as little as 5 minutes. For our testing, we installed this light on our garden shed and it didn’t even take us the suggested 5 minutes. As long as you have a drill, it’s very quick and easy to install regardless of your experience.

Pros
  • Sensor detects motion from up to 9 metres away
  • Easy to install anywhere outdoors
  • Excellent light output of up to 55 square metres
  • Built to a high standard and has been tested to an IPX6 rating
  • Compact design that's not too obtrusive
  • Features a light sensor to prevent the light turning on during daylight
Cons
  • As it's battery-powered, you'll need to replace the batteries (although the battery life is quite long so it shouldn't be too often)

Battery-powered outdoor wall lights have improved a vast amount over the year and the Mr Beams Wireless LEDs are a great example. They are by far the best on the market and their popularity is a clear indication of their quality. It’s worth noting that the brand offers multiple variations of their battery-powered wall lights for outdoor use but this particular model (new and improved when compared to the brand’s original) ticks all the boxes.

5. Best Solar: OUSFOT LED Solar Lights

(How We Review →)

The cheapest way to power an outdoor light is to use solar power and as you can imagine, the market is flooded with options. However, if you want a solar wall light that offers everything, the OUSFOT brand has the answer. Stand out features of the light include two individual adjustable lights as well as a motion sensor with a generous range. You can also adjust the solar panel on the mount and perfectly position it to get the most out of the sun too.

Pros
  • Easy to install with no wiring required
  • IP65 rated and is able to withstand even the harshest of weather conditions
  • Adjustable mount so that you can position the solar panel in direct sunlight
  • Each of the lights can be moved individually to light up more of your outdoor space
  • Generous motion detection range
  • Offers great value for the money
Cons
  • LEDs aren't the brightest and they may not produce enough light for large gardens or outdoor spaces

If you want a solar-powered outdoor wall light that’s affordable and packed full of intuitive features, the OUSFOT LED is the perfect option. When compared to other solar outdoor wall lights, it offers outstanding value and during testing, it certainly exceeded our expectations. The stand out feature for us was the individually adjustable lights, which enabled us to direct each light to best suit our requirements. With regards to the negative, the LEDs weren’t as powerful as some of the solar-powered alternatives we’ve tested but this isn’t always a bad thing as you may only want a subtle light.

6. Best Traditional: CGC Coach Lantern Outdoor Wall Light

(How We Review →)

The timeless design of traditional outdoor wall lights makes it a popular option for any home and although there are many on the market to choose from, our favourite is the CGC Coach Lantern. This is because it’s built to a much higher standard than many of the alternatives as it features a black powder-coated aluminium construction that’s rustproof and weatherproof. It’s also rated at IP54 and according to the brand, it can withstand the harshest of weather conditions.

Pros
  • High-quality construction that's IP54 rated
  • Timeless design that can be used anywhere around your house
  • All hardware and fixings are included in the box
  • Resistant to rust and perfect for coastal regions
  • Energy efficient as you can use an LED bulb of your choice (during testing we used a Philips Hue bulb)
  • Available in black or grey and even as a hanging light
Cons
  • The plastic (polycarbonate) dome that covers the bulb makes it feel "cheap" and may scratch over time

To conclude, the CGC Coach Lantern is a great option to consider if you want a traditional style of outdoor wall light. Whether you install one or multiple, the timeless design certainly won’t disappoint.

After installing these lights, the only aspect we felt that could be improved was the plastic dome which made it feel like a “cheap” light. However, as with many wall lights at this price point, plastic is commonly used and overall, it’s a great light.

Conclusion

From the timeless elegance of traditional fixtures to the latest modern designs, outdoor wall lights are improving every year. Whether you seek to create a warm welcome at your doorstep, accentuate architectural features or transform your garden, all of our recommendations cover a wide variety of designs to best suit your requirements.

If you require further information regarding our outdoor wall light recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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