Good Height for Garden Wall Lanterns

by Paul Schuster, studioD

Garden wall lanterns help illuminate hard to reach spots of your landscape, allowing you to make full use of your garden after dark for dinner parties or small gatherings. The type of garden lantern and the effect you desire can determine the height at which you place them. No matter where you place the lanterns, choose bulbs that provide softer and more energy-efficient lighting when possible, and avoid placing lanterns where their light spills over into a neighbor's window.


Garden wall lanterns placed a little above eye-level provide the ideal level of illumination for social events. Eye-level will be different near a table where everyone is sitting than in spaces where guests are more likely to stand. Lanterns at eye-level provide less reach but more close-up visibility. Golden colored lights or lights hanging from strings work well at this height.


Garden lanterns placed closer to the ground illuminate garden beds and paths. Low-lying lanterns can highlight the garden's boundaries and beautiful elements of your garden. Soft lighting helps create a romantic atmosphere that lends itself well to outdoor social occasions. Wall sconces help project the light upwards, providing more illumination.


You may prefer to install your brightest garden wall lanterns near the top of the wall where they can act like flood lights, illuminating a large space all at once. Used more commonly for safety measures than for decorative purposes, these wall lights frequently come with motion sensors and timers so they will automatically turn on and off. Because of their bright white light, these are not well-suited for mood lighting.

Decorative Elements

Wall lanterns for the garden can also be used in combination with a number of decorative elements. Depending on your home and landscape's style, you can also use wall lanterns in conjunction with other decorative elements. For example, hang the lanterns from wrought-iron hooks for an Old World appearance or place the lanterns with wagon wheels for a Western look.

About the Author

Paul Schuster began writing in 2006 and has published in "Gardening Life" and "Canadian Gardening." Schuster is the director of the Toronto Botanical Garden, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Horticulture from the University of Guelph. He leads gardening workshops for elementary school children.

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