The secret with outdoor lighting is to find the variety that works for you. You could just buy lanterns and position these on the porch for a night-time glow, or opt for elaborate fairy lights sets, rope lights or spotlights to create a spectacular effect.
It really depends on the kind of power you want to use. If you want it nice and simple, with no cables, battery lighting is your best bet. Many garden centres sell them and with many sticky-back products you can position them more or less anywhere.
With the LED lights you get a lot of bulb life and the batteries last for ages. If you really want to be sustainable, put a set of rechargeable batteries in.
Buy two sets, put one set in whilst the other is charging. You can also buy solar-powered lighting.
Some will rely just on the sun, but more expensive lighting options allow you to recharge from grey light—where there might be cloud coverage they’ll still charge up.
Best of all, you don’t have to turn these on or off, they come on when the lighting fades. These easy-to-install products are easily put up but may not pack the punch you require. For heavy-duty lighting, it’s always best to check an electrician has put in proper outdoor sockets for you. If you’re plugging in outside, these need to be waterproof.