Last Updated on June 22, 2021 by Fiona Maclean
Lighting up my world with Sparkle.
Now we are into our second ‘stay at home’ summer, I’m really getting immersed in how to make my small London back garden prettier. This year, I’ve had new cushions made and got a bonus from the upholsterer in the form of bunting to go along one wall. I’m so happy with the result that the minute the weather is good enough I move my office out there. For that reason, I had a special electric socket fitted to let me plug in my laptop and phone. It’s great during the day, but once I stop work, I want to stay put.
I’ve already got lights built into the decking and a couple of wall lights fitted at the back. But, along one side of the garden, where the socket is fitted, everything seemed particularly dark at night. My neighbours have honeysuckle and jasmine growing which trails beautifully along the fence and makes a pretty if shady area during the day. How to make it look just as stunning by night though? There’s not enough sunshine during the day to power solar lights, unless it’s particularly sunny for most of the daylight hours. I wanted a solution that wouldn’t depend on daylight sunshine and I found just that with Sparkle Lighting’s Copper Fairy Lights which come in three different lengths and work both indoors and outdoors. The shortest length (3.5 m) is battery powered, while medium (12.5m) and long (20m) are mains operated.
Tiny twinkly lights are connected through a fine copper wire. That made it really easy to string the lights along the trellis, in between the honeysuckle and jasmine. The effect at night is just magical – and I want more now, to wind around the parasol and perhaps on the other side of the garden.
They are just as pretty indoors too – so once summer is over, I’ll be bringing mine indoors and finding a spot in the house that needs cheering up
In fact, looking at the Sparkle Lighting website, I could easily bankrupt myself for the sake of more fairy lights. I’m thinking a couple of short starburst fairy lights would be an excellent complement to my existing display.
The best thing about these lights for me is that they are indoor/outdoor lights so once summer is over I can bring them indoors to cheer up my home! In fact, that sounds like the perfect excuse for getting more…
Now, the lovely people at Sparkle Lighting have offered me a gift voucher worth £40 to give away to one London-Unattached reader. All you need to do is pop over to the Sparkle Lighting website and tell me in the comments below what lights you’d use the voucher for if you won – and what you’d do with them. Then follow the rafflecopter through for more chances to win.