How to Light a Gazebo: 6 Ideas for Every Setting

Create romantic outdoor oasis with the perfect lighting option

Published: 2022-10-24 10:43:49

If you've ever had the pleasure of spending an evening around a glowing gazebo, you know what a special experience it can be. Gazebos provide a feeling of romance and tranquility that can transform any backyard into an oasis. But how do you light a gazebo to get that perfect effect? Check out these six ideas for every setting. 

Wrap your Gazebo with String Lights

String lights are available in many sizes, colors, and shapes, making them perfect for wrapping around a gazebo. For a softer look, choose white lights. If you want to add a touch of whimsy, go for colored or even multi-colored string lights. Either way, string lights are an easy and inexpensive way to light up your gazebo. Wrap them around the posts and the railing, or even drape them over the roof for a magical look. However, use string lights meant for the outdoors since these are typically resistant to wind, rain, and sunlight. Those meant for indoors won’t hold up to the same degree as outdoor lights in harsh weather. 

Go Traditional with Festoon Lights

Festoon lights are a great way to light up a gazebo in a traditional way. They are available in many colors and sizes so that you can find the perfect fit for your gazebo. You can string them up around the roof's perimeter or hang them from the ceiling. Festoon lights are a great way to add ambiance to any setting. However, consider LED festoon lights if you want a more modern look without stepping away from the traditional too much. These lights are energy-efficient and will last much longer than conventional incandescent bulbs. They are also available in various colors, so you can find the perfect match for your gazebo. 

Install a Large Chandelier

A large chandelier can provide both functional and aesthetic lighting to your gazebo. While they are often used as an outdoor dining room centerpiece, they can also provide general lighting for socializing or relaxing in your gazebo. Chandeliers come in various styles and sizes, so you can find one that fits your gazebo’s décor and your lighting needs. 

To install a large chandelier in your gazebo, start by selecting the appropriate size and style for your space. Then, measure the height of your gazebo’s ceiling and add at least 3 feet to account for the length of the chain or cord. Although a chandelier will make the setup look luxurious and rich, it's important to note that this is because most chandeliers are expensive. 

Use a Large Floor Lamp

A floor lamp can be a statement piece, especially since it's an unusual thing to have in your gazebo. However, it can provide excellent lighting for reading or relaxing in the evening. If you want to use a floor lamp in your gazebo, ensure it is rated for outdoor use. You'll also want to place it where it won't be knocked over by wind or rain. Finally, select a size that won't take up too much space in your gazebo that you could otherwise use for seating. 

DIY Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns are a traditional way to light up any setting and are especially well-suited for gazebos. You can make your own paper lanterns using simple supplies like tissue paper and bamboo skewers. If you're not in the mood for DIY, you can also buy pre-made paper lanterns at most craft stores. What's great is that these are available in various colors and sizes, so you can easily find ones that fit your gazebo's aesthetic. However, one thing to remember is that these don't handle rain. So, make sure to install them so that no rain can get to the paper because the lanterns won't look the same after being wet. 

Tiki Torches and Candles

Adding some light will make it more inviting and enjoyable no matter what kind of gazebo you have. Tiki torches and candles are a great way to add ambiance and create a relaxing atmosphere. Tiki torches are easy to use and can be found at most home improvement stores, while candles add a touch of elegance and can be used for both indoor and outdoor lighting settings. However, safety is of top priority with these lights, so follow the manufacturer’s instructions for each type of light. If you use tiki torches, fill them with citronella oil to keep mosquitoes away. For candles, consider using hurricane lanterns or a different kind of holder to keep them safe from the elements. If you are using battery-operated candles that are safer for the outdoors, be sure to have plenty of extra batteries on hand. And finally, always make sure to extinguish all lights before leaving the area.