Top 7 Outdoor String Lights To Brighten Your Patio

Outdoor string lights made of electric light bulbs attached to an electric cord used to be seen only during festivities, and Christmas lights, for example, brought warmth to our hearts once a year.


This is no longer the case. Homeowners are using outdoor string lights all year round to highlight their beautifully landscaped gardens and cozy patios and decks.


The best outdoor string lights can also give attractive accent to brighten up walkways or trees. Apart from providing inexpensive aesthetic improvement to your homes, they also add element of safety by illuminating dim areas around your home.

ModelEditor RatingPriceTypeStringLights 
1. Outdoor String Lights with 15 Lights (3 Extra S14 Bulbs) and 13 Foot Matching Extension Cord Weatherproof
4.7$$$LED48ft15
2. Brightech Ambience Pro Outdoor String Lights 48 Ft Market Cafe Edison Vintage Bistro Weatherproof
4.9$$$Incandescent48ft15
3. Lampat String Lights with 25 Clear Globe Bulbs-UL listed for Indoor/Outdoor Use 25FT
4.5$Incandescent25ft25
4. Proxy Lighting 48 Foot Weatherproof Outdoor String Lights - UL Listed - 15 Hanging Sockets
4.7$$Incandescent48ft15
5. SHINE HAI 48-Foot Weatherproof Outdoor String Lights - UL-listed 24 Hanging Sockets
4.8$$Incandescent48ft24
6. 25Ft G40 Globe String Lights with Clear Bulbs, UL listed
4.5$Incandescent25ft25
7. Solar String Lights 72ft 200 LED Fairy String Lights, Waterproof
4.5$Solar/LED72ft200

Buying Guide and Useful Info


In addition to choosing colors, customers interested in outdoor string lights have the option of traditional incandescent bulbs or LED lights or even solar lights. Being powered by the sun, the best solar string lights are also the cheapest in the long run.


Traditionally, incandescent bulbs have been the most popular choice of outdoor string lighting. They are available in a variety of colors, string lengths, and wattage. The infinite options of where and how to put incandescent lights make them a versatile way of light decoration.


These string lights are an affordable option, and replacements are easy to find. Bear in mind that incandescent lights are not energy efficient and have a tendency to produce enough heat to make them a fire hazard, so caution and regular checks are advised.


If you would rather opt for commercial grade lights, it is the actual stringer, not the light bulbs that make string lights commercial grade. Light bulbs can be used interchangeably with both standard grade and commercial grade stingers, provided that the base size of the bulb fits the bulb socket on the cord.


Those of you who want to have your outdoor areas to be lit for an extended period time should consider other options, such as LED lights or solar lights. The best outdoor solar string lights are eco friendly and will accumulate power during the day.


Commercial grade lights are made from heavy duty wire and have special weather-proof sockets. These make a seal around the light bulb to keep water out and that’s why commercial grade string lights are recommended for permanent installations which will be left up year-round.


Before you start shopping for backyard string lighting, you need to do some measuring. Both your string lights and the cable guide wire needed for spanning across any open spaces need to be of appropriate length for the outdoor area that you want to decorate.


As for the lights, make sure to take into account the length to get to your electrical source, and when measuring the cable guide wire, be sure to order enough to loop the cable back on itself at all mounting points.


Apart from your backyard and walkways, one of the most common ways to use string lights is to decorate your patio. It will really make a huge statement and a wonderful impression on you and your guests. You should use anchor points such as, rooftop or even a few strategically added wooden posts to attach the lights in a zigzag pattern across your outdoor space or any other pattern of your choice.


You can also decorate your gazebos (add internal link once the article is published) or any other piece of outdoor furniture, structures or garden area.


To check out the best outdoor string lights on the market, let’s move on to our reviews!



7 Best Outdoor String Lights

Editor Rating:

4.7/5

48 Ft LED Outdoor String Lights with 15 Lights (3 Extra S14 Bulbs) and 13 Foot Matching Extension Cord - Commercial Weatherproof Patio String Lights

48 Ft LED Outdoor String Lights come with 15 lights and 3 Extra S14 Bulbs. A 13 foot matching extension cord is also included in the purchase of these commercial weatherproof patio string lights.


This set of LED String Lights will give an inviting soft white glow which you will enjoy during quiet nights spent outside. What’s more, they will bring any party, backyard, or gazebo to life. You will certainly impress your guests at outdoor parties, receptions, romantic dinners and other gatherings.


These lights are commercial grade, strong, durable, and ETL listed. Plus, the long lasting S14 LED bulbs are built to shine for seasons on end, so you and your family and friends can enjoy them for a long time. Energy efficient LED string lights save energy, saving you money in the long run.

Waterproof, weather-tight design makes these the ideal outdoor string lights. As a bonus, the manufacturer included extra 3 bulbs just in case any ever break. Since each 48 foot strand offers end-to-end connections, you can also attach two to cover large areas.

So, what you get is 18 bulbs and a 13 foot matching black extension cord for your convenience. No need to buy or go searching for an extension cord that will blend in with your lights. You will get one in the box.


If you worry that LED light bulbs will be too bright and take out the coziness of your backyard or kill the romantic ambiance, these lights can be paired with a light dimmer so you can choose the brightness according to your preference. Overall, one of the best outdoor string lights with LED bulbs at an affordable price.

Things We Liked


  • Commercial grade LED String Lights are strong and durable
  • Each 48 foot strand of string lights offers end-to-end connections
  • Easy to install with 3 extra lights
  • Extension cord included
  • 1 year warranty (not for the light bulbs, though)

Things We Didn't Like


  • Occasional bad batch reported

Price:

$$$

Editor Rating:

4.9/5

Brightech Ambience Pro Commercial Grade Outdoor String Lights with Hanging Sockets - 48 Ft Market Cafe Edison Vintage Bistro Weatherproof Strand for Patio Garden Porch Backyard Party Deck Yard – Black

Brightech Ambience Pro Commercial Grade Outdoor String Lights will make your patio or garden even more attractive. These heavy-duty outside lights with black casing give a retro look to your gazebo, deck or patio lighting for outdoor entertaining.


They feature 15 clear 11 watt S14 incandescent light bulbs on a 48 foot long industrial strength strand. Bright enough to dine by without overpowering, these bulbs are approximately 3½ inches long by 2 inches wide. The exposed bulb lighting threads will impress you with their nostalgic glow. An extra bulb is included, so you’ll have a spare at hand.


This set is designed to withstand the wear and tear of year-round outdoor use. Built with durable WeatherTite technology, Ambience Pro illumines your landscape while layers of insulation protect the strand from extreme hot/cold temperatures and rainy, windy, or damp climates.


Rubbery and flexible, it’s much thicker than a traditional cord, so you can confidently leave this UL listed light string on display through summers and winters. Being so flexible, these are ideal outdoor string lights for trees.


Brightech Ambience Pro Commercial Grade Outdoor String Lights set features 3 feet of spacing between each bulb. You can connect up to 8 strands end to end, then custom arrange your lights from tree to tree or in a chandelier-style cluster, or above your patio or gazebo.


There is a convenient loop on each socket for easy installation using eye hooks, zip ties, or 16-gauge guide wire. To keep multiple strands together across a long distance, use electrical tape to secure plug connections.


For greater mood lighting flexibility, you can wire the lights to a dimmer switch. Neutral casing blends with any décor, while the soft lighting of the bulbs will enhance porches, pergolas, patios, gazebos, wedding receptions, nighttime celebrations, or romantic dinners for two.


This set plugs into 110 volts outlets only. Wired in parallel circuits, if a bulb goes out, the others will stay lit. It comes with a full 3-year warranty.

Things We Liked


  • Designed to withstand the wear and tear of year-round outdoor use
  • Heavy-duty outside lights
  • Rubbery and flexible cord
  • Dimmer compatible

Things We Didn't Like


  • Some might prefer less spacing between the lights

Price:

$$$

Editor Rating:

4.5/5

Lampat String Lights, Vintage Backyard Patio Lights with 25 Clear Globe Bulbs-UL listed for Indoor/Outdoor Use, Globe Wedding Light String, Umbrella String Light 25FT

Lampat String Lights, Vintage Backyard Patio Lights have 25 Clear Globe Bulbs and are UL listed for indoor and outdoor Use.


25 feet long string with 25 clear G40 Bulbs features 2 extra bulbs and the string is end to end connectable. Light bulbs have candelabra (E12) socket base and the cord is equipped with a 6" lead male plug.


You will probably find 12" spacing between bulbs practical as well as the 6" tail with female connector. Since each strand of 25 Globe lights string has end-to-end connections, you can attach up to 3 strands to cover large areas.


Even with broken or removed bulbs, the remaining bulbs will continue to light up. The set is of commercial grade quality and great for indoor/ outdoor lighting applications. It will be an ideal night lighting solution for your patio, deck, gazebo, backyard, and pool umbrellas.

Backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee (not including bulbs), this set does the manufacturer justice in producing durable and elegant string lights for the purpose of making your outdoor setting attractive and romantic.

Things We Liked


  • Commercial grade quality set
  • End-to-end connections for up to 3 strands
  • 25 clear G40 Bulbs with 2 extra bulbs
  • Heavy-duty pretty and bright outdoor lights

Things We Didn't Like


  • Clips could be better quality on this outdoor string lighting set

Price:

$

Editor Rating:

4.7/5

Proxy Lighting 48 Foot Weatherproof Outdoor String Lights - UL Listed - 15 Hanging Sockets - Perfect Patio Lights - Black - 16 11S14 Incandescent Bulbs Included

Proxy Lighting 48 Foot Weatherproof Outdoor String Lights are UL Listed and contain 15 Hanging Sockets and 16 11S14 incandescent bulbs included.


Ideal backyard string lighting for your terrace, gazebo, patio, or pool area, these lights will bring a warm feeling every evening and will highlight every special occasion. Apart from homeowners, professional planners will find this set perfect outdoor lighting for anniversaries, weddings, holiday celebrations, and many other occasions.


What you are getting is commercial quality at a residential price. UL listed 48 foot black weatherproof cord contains 14 gauge wire strung through 15 weatherproof light sockets, which are set 3 feet apart.


Heavy duty rubber construction throughout the molded sockets and integrated hanging loops are welcomed features for more safety. This set includes dimmable 11 watt incandescent bulbs for less light and more romantic and warm glow.


The installation is quick and simple. Just use cup hooks, guide wires, or zip ties with the built-in loops to hang the lights perfectly. You can connect up to 9 strings to enlighten any event and create a festive flair. Enjoy years of lighting indoors or outdoors with just a few minutes of installation.

Things We Liked


  • Another commercial grade quality set
  • End-to-end connections for up to 9 strings
  • 15 bulbs with 1 extra bulb
  • Ideal for home decoration as well as professional event planners

Things We Didn't Like


  • A few cases of DOA bulbs

Price:

$$

Editor Rating:

4.8/5

SHINE HAI 48-Foot Weatherproof Outdoor String Lights - UL-listed Commercial Grade - 24 Hanging Sockets- Perfect Patio Lights & Party Lights-Black- 26 11S14 Incandescent Bulbs Included

SHINE HAI 48-Foot Weatherproof Outdoor String Lights are also UL Listed and contain 24 Hanging Sockets and 26 11S14 incandescent bulbs included.


This is another commercial quality set of string lights at a residential price. UL listed 48 foot black weatherproof cord contains 14 gauge wire strung through 24 weatherproof light sockets, which are set 2 feet apart.


Built with durable cord with weatherproof technology, extra layers of insulation will protect the strand from extreme hot or cold temperatures and rainy, windy, or damp weather.


Heavy duty rubber construction throughout the molded sockets and integrated hanging loops are welcomed features for more safety. This set includes 26 11-watt incandescent bulbs which can be paired with a dimmer for a more romantic and warm glow.


Perfect backyard string lighting for your patio, gazebo, garden, or pool area, these lights will bring a cozy feeling for solitary and quiet evenings. They will also class up every special occasion. Apart from homeowners, professional planners will also find this set ideal for weddings, anniversaries, holiday celebrations, and other special occasions.


The installation is quick and simple. You need to use cup hooks, guide wires, or zip ties with the built-in loops to hang the lights perfectly. You can connect up to 4 strings to enlighten any event and create a festive atmosphere for larger areas.

Things We Liked


  • Ideal for homeowners but also for professional event planners
  • Commercial grade set at a good price
  • 24 sockets with 26 bulbs (you get 2 extra bulbs)
  • End-to-end connections for up to 4 strings

Things We Didn't Like


  • Might be too bright for smaller patios

Price:

$$

Editor Rating:

4.5/5

25Ft G40 Globe String Lights with Clear Bulbs, UL listed Backyard Patio Lights, Hanging Indoor/Outdoor String Light for Bistro Pergola Deck Yard Tents Market Cafe Gazebo Porch Letters Party Decor, Black

25Ft G40 Globe String Lights with Clear Bulbs enable end-to-end connection for up to 3 strands. These are UL listed for indoor and outdoor lights settings.


With the 1.5 inch diameter of bulbs, the set is perfect as patio string lights but also as Christmas decorative lights, and umbrella lights.

Commercial quality string light fixture for indoor and outdoor use will be a lovely decorative touch for backyards, gazebos, gardens, pergolas, decks, and city rooftops.


25Ft G40 Globe String Lights with Clear Bulbs will make weddings, dinner parties and birthday parties even more memorable. This set will be a great decorative addition year round. You may find them to be the best string lights for a party on a patio in the summer, or in a rustic barn for a fall celebration.


It's great that the updated energy-efficient bulbs start right at the beginning of the string so there isn't a bunch of unused string between the plug and when the lights start, so you really are getting a full 25ft of lighted string.


The downside to this is that if your plug is low to the ground then your lights also start at the plug. You can either just take out the bulbs for a certain distance you don’t want lit or use a short extension cord.

Things We Liked


  • 25 feet long string with 25 clear G40 Bulbs
  • Smaller bulbs ideal for many purposes
  • Full 25 fet of lights with 12" spacing between bulbs

Things We Didn't Like


  • Thin bulb glass – be careful when screwing them as they crack easily

Price:

$

Editor Rating:

4.5/5

Solar String Lights 72ft 200 LED Fairy String Lights, Ambiance lighting for Outdoor, Patio, Lawn, Landscape, Fairy Garden, Home, Wedding, Holiday, Christmas Party, Xmas Tree,waterproof (Warm White)

Solar String Lights 72ft 200 LED can keep glowing for about 8 hours a night after fully charged during the day. No wiring to your power socket as these lights are powered by solar energy.

If you are shopping for the best outdoor solar string lights, these are a good choice for your garden, patio, wedding reception, Christmas party, and they can also be hung on tree branches, bushes, your roof, eave, fence or any other place you wish to light up with warm white color at a great price.The total length is 72ft and there are 200 beads which need to be charged 6-8hours during the day using the solar panel included in the purchase. These outdoor string lights automatically turn on at dusk and can glow for 8 hours minimum.


Although the solar panel will continue to collect energy in cloudy, rainy or snowy days, even the best solar string lights cannot shine without the needed sunlight.


The solar panel must be installed in a well-lit location where it can receive maximum sunlight during daytime. Any cover that shades the panel will affect its ability to absorb sunlight and decrease the amount of brightness and duration of the LED lights.


The lights and solar panel box are all weather devices. They should not be affected by exposure in rain, snow or temperature. The solar panel box can be placed on the ground by using the pointed stake.


Install the stake into the ground until it is firmly in place. If the ground is too hard, soak the area with water to soften it. Please ensure that the solar panel is pointed toward the sunlight. At least 6 hours of exposure to sunlight is required for good illumination.

Things We Liked


  • 72 feet long string with 200 light beads
  • Solar Panel included
  • Perfect for many occasion
  • Eco friendly, solar powered and cost efficient

Things We Didn't Like


  • The included generic rechargeable batteries are low capacity: replace them with appropriate higher capacity rechargeable batteries for more light at night

Price:

$

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