Smart Lighting Ideas for Your Backyard Wood Shed

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Planning your lighting is an important process of building a woodshed for your yard. The right options and fixtures turn your new shed into a functional space. On the contrary, poorly planned ones can diminish the structure’s practicality and turn your project into a costly failure. 

Fortunately, you have a plethora of lighting options regardless of your needs and budget. All you have to do to get started is to understand how you want to use your shed. From there, you will be able to make sound illumination decisions. 

To help you get started, let’s go through the two primary types of shed light sources and some ideas to bring light to your wood shed. 

Natural Shed Lighting 

This light source is your best bet if you want your structure to be as close to nature as possible. Relying on the sun to brighten your yard’s interior means you get to experience awe-inspiring natural light every day while keeping energy costs low. 

While you will not have to spend much on lighting fixtures, you will have to install other types, like the following: 

1. Windows 

Wide windows are a great addition to your shed as they allow natural light and air to flow through it. Moreover, they help avoid making the space cramped and stuffy. 

2. Door Lites

Instead of choosing regular doors, it’s better to choose one with these glass panel features as they allow more light to enter your shed. If you’re looking for other options, door windows are worth exploring, too. 

3. Skylights 

These give you an excellent source of daylight as well as a magnificent view of the starry sky at night. However, you have to look for high-quality and leak-resistant ones to withstand weather conditions and keep the rain out. 

Artificial Shed Lighting 

If you intend to use your shed more often after sunset or regardless of the weather, you may need other solutions that do not rely on natural light. This is where artificial lighting enters the picture. Here are your three options under this type.

1. Electrical Lighting 

This is the practical choice if you plan on expanding your lighting choices in the future or if you need to run electricity to your shed in the first place. 

The only drawback is that you need at least basic electrical knowledge to wire a shed and the process can often be time-consuming and costly. Nevertheless, it will allow you to make your shed usable at any time and any season. 

2. Solar Lighting 

This is a great option if you’re not a fan of going the electrical route. You can go from as simple as portable solar lights and solar LED rope lights to something fancier, like making your shed into a fully solar-powered one. However, this lighting option has limitations, such as less natural light during fall and winter. 

3. Battery-powered Lighting 

Lights that run on batteries are inexpensive, convenient, and portable. Moreover, installing an electrical outlet or having professional installation experience is not required in this type.

One of the most common battery-operated lights are LED string lights, puck lights, LED wall sconces, and more. 


As you choose the right lighting solution for your shed, you should determine the structure’s purpose and your construction budget. Additionally, you need to identify other factors, such as the surrounding trees and structures and the general weather in your area. 

In some cases, one of the two types may not work well for you. In some cases, though, exploring both options is the smarter idea! Combining them can make your wood shed more versatile for whatever purpose you have in mind. 

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