Outdoor String Lights

led-curtain-fairy-string-lightsThere is almost no place and no occasion that cannot be improved with ambient string lighting. Most places and occasions become that much more special because of the lighting. The trick is to make the moment special without anyone really realizing that the lights are creating half of the magic.

The trend toward decorating outdoor spaces with string lighting is still going strong. I see them everywhere: restaurant patios, backyards, summer music venues. The use of string lights has moved indoors as well, and lately, they’re being used in some really creative ways like hanging vertically on a wall to add whimsy to a child’s room or perk up a dull corner. I’ve even seen them draped over bar carts and along vertical mirrors to give everyday items a festive touch.

Some of my favorite uses for string lights are in tablescapes. Using string lights to dress up an overhead chandelier while making a centerpiece that incorporates them as well, perhaps by filling empty wine bottles or vases, are simple ways to make an ordinary room extraordinary.


I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a romantic at heart, and nothing delights me more than ambient lighting at an outdoor dinner party or a wedding. But all those lights make me wonder about energy efficiency and my wallet! Luckily, there are LED and solar-powered options on the market as well. Regardless of your taste or budget, there is an option for just about every use you can think of. Here are some that I hope you’ll enjoy.

Solar String Lights

Solar string lights are eco-friendly solutions for patio lighting after dark.

Solar Lantern String Lights

Solar Lantern String Lights
Be the envy of your neighbors with these beautiful outdoor solar string lights. The solar panel that charges these twinklers is placed in another area, so even shady areas can be it up!
Find it on Wayfair

Solar Globe String Lights

Solar Globe String Lights
Throw the classiest backyard soiree your friends will see all year with these solar-powered globe fairy lights. Your party can go on all night because these lights stay on for over eight hours.
Find it on Amazon

Multi-colored Solar Outdoor String Lights

Multi-colored Solar Outdoor String Lights
Think colored lights are only relevant at Christmas time? Not anymore! Brighten up your outdoor spaces all year with solar-powered lights just screaming for you to throw a barbeque!
Find it on Amazon

Moroccan Solar Lights

Moroccan Solar Lights
Sometimes we want something just a bit different from the norm. These solar-powered pendant lights offer a unique blend of rustic craftsmanship and outdoor elegance.
Get it from Lightkraft on Etsy


Solar-powered Blossom String Lights

Solar-powered Blossom String Lights
For the flower child in all of us, these delicate string lights made to look like flower blossoms are powered by the sun.
Get it from ChristianHatsandMore on Etsy

Solar-powered Star String Lights

Solar-powered Star String Lights
Star gazing takes on a whole new meaning when they’re literally filling your backyard.
Find it at Amazon

Solar-powered Lanterns

Solar-powered Lanterns
These lantern balls make party decorating effortless and dress up a space in no time.
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White Lantern Solar String Lights

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If you’re looking for something with a clean, beachy vibe, these white lantern string lights should do the trick. Leave them out all day to soak up the rays, and by nightfall, you’ll feel like you’re at the ocean.
Find it at Bambeco

Lantern Shaped Solar Powered String Lights

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You can feel like you’ve traveled to an exotic location without leaving home. These solar-powered Moroccan themed string lights are sure to transform your outdoor space, taking you on a backyard adventure.

LED String Lights

LED string lights provide hours of illumination at low costs, since they use so little energy.

LED Copper Wire String Lights

LED Copper Wire String Lights
Use copper wire string lights and get creative! Easily bend the wire to accommodate any space or shape, and bring ambiance to patios, landscaping, home decor and more. As a bonus, these string lights are waterproof to help resist rain and snow.
Find it at Amazon

LED Sea Glass String Lights

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These hand-crafted multi-colored beauties look great day and night. While sparkling in the sunshine, they’re recharging so they will continue to dazzle once evening comes.
Find it at Bambeco

White-diamond LED String Lights

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Why just wear diamonds when you can be surrounded by them? These LED string lights are the perfect way to add class and elegance to any outdoor space.
Find it at Bambeco

LED Curtain Fairy String Lights

LED Curtain Fairy String Lights
This is probably the pinnacle of enchanting as it relates to creating a dream fairy-like atmosphere. Not just for little girls, fairy curtains of light are sure to bring out the dreamer in all of us.
Find it at Amazon

Hanging String Lights

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It may not be magic, but it sure will feel like it. Imagine standing underneath these lights and try not to feel like you’ve been transported to some transcendent place.

Decorative String Lights

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Make everyday items extraordinary by adding string lights to elevate their charm.

Colored Globe String Lights

Colored Globe String Lights
Take something classic and give it a twist. These colored Edison bulbs give any space a little extra something.
Find it at Wayfair

Programmable LED String Lights

Programmable LED String Lights
Not just for techy folks, these programmable LED lights are fun for everyone. By the touch of your smartphone, adjust things like color and timing. The possibilities are endless!
Find it at Amazon

Battery-operated String Lights

Battery-operated String Lights
Sometimes we just can’t be bothered by things like finding outlets. Use these battery operated LED lights to make virtually any setting perfect.
Get it from GlitterAndMasonJars on Etsy

LED String Lights with Wooden Clips

LED String Lights with Wooden Clips
These LED lights have been popping up on Pinterest boards everywhere and with good reason. Transform a room in no time using a few wooden clips and your favorite photos.
Get it from LittleInsta on Etsy

Edison String Lights

Edison light bulbs create a distinct design. If you love these, you’ll find more on our Edison bulbs inspiration page.

Old-fashioned Edison Bulb String Lights

Old-fashioned Edison Bulb String Lights
Fun fact. Edison’s protege invented the first string lights. It’s a good thing, too. It’s completely changed the way we celebrate all year long.
Find it at Amazon

Edison bulb wedding String Lights

Edison bulb wedding String Lights
If you’re looking to class it WAY up, these Edison bulb string lights will get you there. Perfect for weddings, but equally as perfect for a garden party. Quite frankly, you may just want to class up a Wednesday.
Get it from EddieandSons on Etsy

LED Globe String Lights

LED Globe String Lights
You can never go wrong with classic globe lighting like this. Think bistro. Think Italy. Think long summer nights!
Find it at Wayfair

Antique Edison Vintage String Lights

Antique Edison Vintage String Lights
Classic is sometimes just perfect. These heavy-duty lights can be used inside or out. Decorate your home or business with an original.
Get it from HangoutLighting on Etsy

Vintage String Lights with Dimmer Wire

Vintage String Lights with Dimmer Wire
These Edison bulbs are just a bit smaller than the classic size, perfect for a feminine touch. The dimmer wire allows you to adjust the ambiance as the mood calls for.
Get it from bowpie on Etsy

Novelty String Lights

From fun to funky, novelty strings can light up any room or outdoor space.

Peeps String Lights

Peeps String Lights
We were desperately searching for some chicken lights for the homestead — and this is the closest we got. Even if you’re not a fan of eating them, no one can resist how adorable Peeps are!
Find it at eBay

Pizza String Lights

Pizza String Lights
I don’t care who you are, you love pizza. Celebrate your love for a cheesy slice by hanging them anywhere you need a touch of whimsy.
Find it at Lights & Decor

Ice Cream String Lights

Ice Cream String Lights
While we’re talking about food, I see no reason to leave out ice cream.
Find it at Lights & Decor

Stormtrooper String Lights

Stormtrooper String Lights
It’s a shame to think that any Star Wars fan should have to live without Stormtrooper string lights. They don’t. They’re here. Bring them out at the holidays and never take them down.
Find it at ThinkGeek

Superman String Lights

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These superman string lights are pretty much the greatest thing ever. I’m having a harder time finding the ones that feature Clark Kent.
Find it at Lightbulbs.com

Hypnolight String Lights

Hypnolight String Lights
You know you’re looking at some incredible lighting when someone had to write code to make it work. And how does 16 million different colors sound to you? Mind officially blown.
Find it at ThinkGeek

Macrame Hanging Lanterns

Macrame Hanging Lanterns
Looking for something with a crafty feel? Check out these macrame string lights made of untreated cotton twine.
Get it from RetoDecor on Etsy

Carved Wood String Lights

Carved Wood String Lights
Fans of something a little more natural, these are for you. Bring the delicate beauty of carved wood to your surroundings with these string lights offering something delightfully different and perfectly lovely.
Find it at World Market

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Author: Jessica Barrett Halcom

Jessica is an outdoor enthusiast who can be found dreaming up any excuse to make her way to the woods, the mountains, or the beach. Growing up in the country in a small town in Wisconsin, she had aspirations of one day moving to a big city to make her living as a writer. Her love of the country won out over the city, and though she makes her living writing, she has chosen the hills of Tennessee as her home where she lives with her family.

Website: https://www.jessicabarrett.me

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