Price Â£59.99 from good garden centres ( www.luxform.co.uk What you get A three-headed light unit, made of die-cast aluminium, on a ground spike. This comes complete with a 60w transformer, three 20w halogen bulbs, 10m of low-voltage cable and 1m of mains cable with a plug. Modern in style but a little unexciting.
We like The set has everything needed for installation, which is easy to do without an electrician, and the light is bright. Each head swivels through 360 degrees so you can illuminate the same sculpture or corner of the garden from different angles. And the unit can be easily repositioned along the cable. In daylight, it is unobtrusive.
We don't like The transformer is only suitable for indoors but the mains cable is particularly short at only a metre long.
Performance Bright and versatile Value for money Very good The best garden heaters Price Â£169.20. From Light Innovation (020 8873 1582; www.lightinnovation.com ). Gardening readers can take advantage of a special offer price of Â£144, plus Â£10 delivery charge in UK What you get Three walk-over decking lights made from marine-grade stainless steel and toughened glass, with 10 LEDs in a choice of white, green or blue; one IP44 transformer, connector cables (3m of cable per light), a mains lead and plug.
We like Suitable for paths, steps, decking or setting into gravel, these are smart, contemporary-looking lights. They are bright enough to illuminate the area safely without creating light pollution. The LEDs use very little electricity, give off little heat and have a life expectancy of 50,000 hours. The simple plug-and-go system can be installed by a competent amateur. The transformer can be used outdoors and can be mounted beneath the decking. A pack to expand this kit will be available shortly.
We don't like Very little.
Performance Bright and atmospheric Value for money Excellent Price Â£203 satined (matt) stainless steel; Â£189 stainless steel; Â£107 for copper; Â£73 for powder-coated. Mail order from Moonlight Design (020 8925 8639; www.moonlightdesign.co.uk What you get An extremely chic, hand-assembled, solid copper 50w light with a spike and 1m of heavy-duty low-voltage cable.
We like These are gorgeous lights, solid and built to last a lifetime and even have high-quality rubberised cable - they'll probably go out of fashion before you need to replace them. The head can be angled wherever you want and picks out features beautifully. The company provides a full design and/or supply service for gardens large and small.
We don't like They are undeniably pricey - and you'll need to add the cost of the low-voltage cable (rubberised cable from Â£2.06 per metre), a transformer (from Â£31) and other accessories - but you do get what you pay for. You will also need a qualified electrician to install these lights - which never comes cheap - and also to move them if you ever need to. They get quite hot in use.
Value for money Very good Price Â£58.75 in copper, Â£76.37 in satin chrome; larger sizes are available. Mail order from Lighting for Gardens (01462 486777; www.lightingforgardens.com What you get A very attractive, 20w, 12v hanging downlight made from copper.
We like The holes in the metal tube create a pretty twinkling effect. It is well made and will downlight a good area of garden. The company provides a full design and/or supply service for gardens large and small.
We don't like You need to add on the cost of the cable and all-weather transformer necessary to complete your lighting system, which must also be installed by a qualified electrician. Because this is a hanging light (it would have been useful to have a hook or chain, instead of just a loop), you'll need to think about how to hide or disguise the power supply. The metal can get quite hot.
Performance Theatrical and effective Value for money Very good Price Â£109.99 from Garden Gadgets (01386 854991; www.gardengadgets.co.uk What you get A set of three 20w lights with a 60w transformer and 15m of cable. They come complete with ground spikes and aluminium crooks for hanging. Attractive, traditional- style lights in contemporary materials.
We like The lamps are easy to assemble and install for anyone with basic electrical knowledge, and come with everything you need. The 3m mains lead is particularly generous and you can move them anywhere along the low-voltage cable. The light is directed downwards by the hood and covers a wide area.
We don't like The transformer is only suitable for indoor use. The aluminium tubing is a little lightweight.
Performance Bright and atmospheric Value for money Very good