13 Affordable & Beautiful Backyard Fence Lighting Ideas

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Backyard fence lighting ideas create more privacy, whilst providing a beautiful landscape that can also enhance the security of your property. Outdoor lighting can provide an exquisite touch, whilst they’re a great way for creating ambience and defining your backyard. 

It doesn’t matter whether you have the smallest, or largest outdoor area, it can all benefit from the additional light and ambience that it creates. It allows you to enjoy your outdoor space into the evenings for longer too.

No matter your budget, there are plenty of outdoor lighting ideas, it’s time to get your exterior summer or winter ready with these 13 backyard fence lighting ideas.

13 Backyard Fence Lighting Ideas

1.Path Lighting

Light the way with path lighting in your backyard. Opt for ground lit uplighters or stake solar panel powered lights on grass or bordering your backyard. 

Path lighting creates a well lit path for yourself and guests, allowing you to enjoy those nights a little bit longer. As winter draws in there are safety reasons that make path lighting a sensible choice too, guiding you to your day safely and in a well lit and inviting way. 

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2. Solar Rail Lighting

Whether you have rails or fencing in your backyard, solar rail lighting is a smart choice as it safely, and easily hooks over your rails without the worry of wiring them in or raising them. As they are solar outdoor lights, they’ll automatically turn on at dusk, allowing that they’ve had enough sunlight to get fully charged up. 

Rails are otherwise left to their own devices, and by adding solar rail lighting it creates the perfect solution, whilst maximising the space you do have in your backyard.

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3. Outdoor Wall Lights

Outdoor wall lights are one of the best ways to light a backyard fence as they’re highly versatile and available in so many different designs that you can find something to suit your decor design.

These light fixtures are usually mains operated so you’ll need an electrician to get them wired up. When choosing your lights ensure they are suitably IP rated so they are protected against moisture and debris. Position a few spread out over a fence or wall so you get a soft glow in the evening.

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4. Low Profile Lighting

Low profile lighting fixtures in interiors is usually flush mounted ceiling lightings, for the exterior? Flush recessed downlights are a great addition to eaves and underneath patios. Creating a well lit space without being obtrusive. 

They are a functional lighting choice that are mains powered so you’re not replying on the intensity of the sun everyday during the winter.

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5. String Lighting

Solar string lights or mains powered string lighting is one of the best ways to create a magical, relaxing retreat in your backyard. Use vintage Edison light bulbs with a warm colour temperature to create a gorgeously warm, and relaxing ambience.

These dainty lights will add subtle levels of light, you might want to layer with additional lighting for a brighter, more secure backyard space. They bring a modern look to a fence and are a perfect way to elevate a fence in a small courtyard garden too. 

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6. Lanterns

Ok, not necessarily backyard fence lighting, but when are lanterns not a good idea. 

Available in so many different colors and sizes to suit your taste, you can choose to hook the lanterns up onto your fence with a hook. Add candles or battery operated candles for a safer look. Be even smarter by adding some solar powered lights to them for eco-friendly savings.

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7. Deck Lighting

If you have decking installed, adding spotlights around the deck is an unobtrusive, and smart way of adding light whilst keeping it flush, and stylish.

They’ll allow you to enjoy your outdoor space for longer, whilst for security purposes, it’s a great choice for you and your guests. 


8. Security Lighting

So, security lighting is not going to win a prize for the best backyard lighting design, BUT, they are a great safety feature, no matter the size of your property. If you search for Vivint price you can get an idea of what this type of lighting costs.

Night time motion sensor lighting is highly practical, lighting up when it senses movement which is great for alerting you to potential intruders, and when you’re heading out to take out the rubbish in the evening. 

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9. Downlighting

Downlighting or spot lights are a great choice for a backyard, these versatile lights provide great levels of light, whilst they can be fitted to the side of the fence, walls, floors as uplighters and underneath the eaves of a roof. 

When it comes to outdoor lighting you need to look for IP65+ rated lighting, this rating provides protection against debris and moisture, this is especially important as they will be bracing harsh elements across the winter seasons. 

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10. Fairy Light Filled Jars

One of the simplest, cost effective ways to create some pretty accent garden lighting in a backyard is by adding a bunch of fairy lights to mason jars. These are usually battery operated so you’ll only want to use these on a dry evening.

They remind me of the similar soft light that you get from candlelight, so warming, and relaxing. Either position them on tables, down a pathway or attach onto a hook on a backyard fence.

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11. Repurposed Planters Reimagined Solar Lights

Planters are such a fantastic way to create something fun, and unique. Repurpose planters or use flower beds to add solar-powered lights to create energy efficient lighting into the evening.

The planters could be dotted along the line of a backyard fence, or even hung up on hooks to maximise the floor space in your garden. 

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12. Spike Lights

If you’re looking for some different lights with purpose, spike lights could be the perfect choice!

These nifty little lights work on solar power and can be used for solar fence lights, lighting the way on the ground. They can be added to planters, used as path lights or added to a flower bed to illuminate your seating area and outdoor space.

13. Solar Fence Lighting

There are plenty of lighting options when it comes to lighting a fence, but perhaps one of the easiest lighting options to employ is solar fence lighting.

These posts can be added to line your fence at intervals, giving you ambient, adequate levels of lighting for security purposes, and for evening entertainment.

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Bringing a backyard fence to life is perfectly simple, and fun with these backyard lighting ideas. Whether you want to add practicality to the space, or creating a warming ambience, there are plenty of affordable and easy ways to achieve this without having to bring in the assistance of an electrician. Which lighting idea is your favourite?

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Nicole Sage

Nicole Sage is the founder of Sleek-chic Interiors and is a highly experienced interiors writer and skilled home renovator who has a passion for all things design. She has been featured as an authority at Pinterest, Ideal Home, Daily Mail and in countless other interviews. For 8 years, Nicole has written, observed key interior trends, renovated and undertaken interior short courses at the renown KLC school where she has gained her grounding interior design principles. With a keen eye for detail and a love of creativity, she shares her expertise on the latest interior trends, practical DIY tutorials, and styling inspiration to help others transform their homes into stunning spaces. With a commitment to delivering informative and engaging content, Nicole inspires and empowers readers to explore their own unique sense of style and create beautiful, personalised interiors. Contact her at hello@sleek-chic.co.uk for interiors advice, colour questions and any commentary.

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