Your new pergola will need lighting for practical purposes so you can see at night, and to also add beauty and atmosphere. Read on to discover some of the best pergola lighting ideas to choose from.
Your choice of lighting will depend mainly on your budget and the purpose of your pergola. Can you afford to install recessed lights, or are fairy lights more within your budget? Will you be using it mainly for entertaining, or simply to relax with your family?
Choosing your lighting scheme during the design stage is easiest. This way you can get any electrical work incorporated during the building process if required. However, if you already have a pergola and you are now thinking of lighting ideas, that’s easy too.
Let us tell you about some of the best pergola lighting ideas:
Create an enchanting atmosphere with string lights strung along the beams, hung from the beams, and even wrapped around the posts. They are easily installed by just plugging into the nearest electrical outlet. Another option is to use solar powered string lights, which are even easier to install, with the added bonus of there being no charge for power.
You can use ordinary white bulbs, LED bulbs, or even fancy coloured bulbs. For a more festive or romantic atmosphere, you can find bulbs in many wonderful shapes – flowers, stars, butterflies, birds. Almost any shape you can imagine!
If your pergola is attached to your house, installing small built-in lights along the beams is a popular option. The wiring runs along the top of the beams which out of sight. Recessed lights are best combined with other lighting types - mounted lights placed on the corner posts for extra brightness.
With so many pendant lights to choose from, they’re a perfect choice for a pergola. Hung from either a cord, chain, or metal rod, these stylish lights make any area look trendy.
They come in so many shapes and sizes, from lanterns to linear's (a few light sources attach to a single canopy), and everything in between.
These lights also have such an eclectic and wide range to choose from, which makes them extremely popular for pergolas.
They’re great to use if you have an external house wall to attach them to. Furthermore, wall lights are a perfect fit to use in combination with other types of lights, such as string lights. Bringing light to the whole pergola area!
If you’re really restricted by your budget, candles are a simple, cheap and energy efficient choice. The sky is the limit with the options available. You can mix and match different colours and styles to bring a party atmosphere alive. Otherwise you can keep it more tranquil for a romantic dinner area.
Hang them or stand them on a table or bench. If you have small children or animals, the use of flameless LED candles is always a good option.
Whichever style or combination of lighting you decide on, the best pergola lighting ideas are those that provide both practical and decorative solutions. Make your pergola an amazing outdoor space for the enjoyment of you and your loved ones.
If this has encouraged you to get a pergola built so you can create a perfect outdoor area at your home for whatever you choose, call the team at In Style Patios and Decks on 0436 007 776. We have some of the best pergola builders on the Gold Coast / Brisbane areas.