Fairy lights are thinly wired strands of tiny light bulbs that add a sense of magic to your patio and can be draped over bushes, trees or fence lines.
Lantern lights are globe lights that are designed to be covered with a thin paper or canvas lantern to add some softness and style.
LED bulbs use less electricity than incandescent bulbs, which both saves you money and lowers your carbon footprint.
Solar-powered lights can function solely by the light of the sun, meaning they don’t require a plug and won’t add money to your electricity bill. These lights come with an included solar panel to charge during the day.
Outdoor string lights come in lengths from 10-100 feet and many sizes in between. Choose string lights that are long enough to accommodate your space. A small patio should need no more than 20-50 feet. But if you’re lighting a large patio or draping lights along a long fence, you might want to look for lights with at least 50-100-foot strands.
Patio string lights come in all sorts of colors, from the more classic white or soft yellow bulbs to red, blue or rainbow. A clear bulb gives off bright light, while an opaque bulb will add more of a gentle glow. You might also choose a set with color-changing bulbs, dim settings and customizable programs.