Three balcony lighting ideas

 31 March 2023

Nothing beats spending time out on the balcony. The plants are watered, the sofa's comfy, and the table's set. But there's still something missing… Smart light!

Whether you like dining "al fresco" on balmy summer nights or hunkering down under a blanket on those crisp fall evenings —use these balcony lighting ideas to get the most out of your space.

Beautify your space with balcony lights

Think of your balcony as an "outdoor room." And just like any room in your home, it deserves to be shown in its best light. Literally!

Philips Hue Appear outdoor wall lights will bring sophisticated design details to your balcony while adding a striking accent of light that's cast up and down the wall. Place them on each side of your balcony door to add a touch of grandeur to the entrance, or space them along the walls to highlight textures and details. Want an instant party vibe? Set them to a color-popping palette of primaries. Going for something more subtle? Warm shades of white light will add a cozy and intimate feel to the space.

A couple relaxing on a sofa surrounded by balcony lights set to warm white tones

Team up your wall lights with Philips Hue Lily outdoor spotlights to add a sense of depth to the space, especially if your balcony is on the smaller side. Lily spotlights are ideal for highlighting plants and picking out architectural features. They can easily be tucked into pots and planters or mounted on walls and posts.

Use smart light to make your balcony rails and balustrades eye-catching focal points. Run some Philips Hue outdoor lightstrips along their length to turn them into nighttime sculptures. Their light will also help guide you and your guests around the space easily.

Entertain and relax using balcony lights

When you invite your family or friends over to dine on your balcony, give your table an extra wow factor with a Go portable table lamp. Its elegant design makes it a fitting centrepiece for any occasion. Plus, you won’t have to worry about cables trailing over plates and under chairs. Simply remove the lamp from its charging base, place it where you like and set it to any colour. You can also cycle through any of its preset light effects with the built-in button.

Once your guests have gone and the table's cleared, it's time to wind down. Carry the Go table lamp with you over to the sofa and set it to Cozy candle — a warm flickering glow that's the ideal accompaniment to a good book or a bit of star gazing!

A group of friends socializing at a table with a Philips Hue Go outdoor table lamp

Feel more secure with balcony lights

Need light each time you step out onto your balcony? A Philips Hue outdoor sensor can trigger your balcony lights to turn on without you needing to look for switches or open the Hue app. Place the sensor next to your balcony door and team it up with a Philips Hue Discover floodlight. You'll fill your space with light to help with those "hands full" tasks, such as bringing in the dishes or wrestling with water hose.

An outdoor sensor can also help deter any unwanted visitors by triggering your lights when it detects any movement on your balcony. Set timetables for when the sensor should trigger your lights and adjust its sensitivity so that nocturnal animals don't give you an unwanted light show all night.

A Philips Hue Outdoor sensor attached to a wooden post

*When a bulb displays "Up to" a certain number of lumens in its specifications, it displays the maximum lumen output of the bulb. It shows how bright the bulb can get at 2700 K (White bulbs) or 4000 K (White ambiance or White and colour ambiance bulbs). Learn more about brightness