Add Sparkle to Your Patio With These Outdoor Lights

Decorate with strings of glowing, shimmering lights to see your outdoor space in the best possible light.

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August 07, 2018

Don't be left in the dark. Trendy light strings add sparkle to your patio. For a cookout, drape strings of funky flip-flops over an outdoor table, or give weddings a romantic touch with strands of stars. Here are 10 of our fave ways to get glowing.

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Stargaze from your patio with this 10-light string. Incandescent bulbs, which are included, seem to twinkle through the perforations in the metal stars. Go on, make a wish.

BUY IT: Home Depot, $12.98

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Think birthday parties and Halloween bashes. Each set of five inflatable, clear balloons comes with a string of multi-colored, battery-operated LED lights. Don't huff and puff into the balloon; fill it with helium and tie it down.

BUY IT: Amazon, $13.88

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Hang these retro RV lights on your camper awning or the fence in your backyard. Ten cute campers come on each string, which measures about 8-1/2' long.

BUY IT: LTD Commodities, $11.98

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Fiber optics put the glow in these winged beauties. Ten butterflies decorate each 7', plug-in string. Weave them through trees, shrubs or other plants around your patio. You can connect up to four more strings.

BUY IT: Wayfair, $30.99

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How do I love thee? Let me show you with a heart-shaped curtain of icicle lights, available in a variety of colors. The curtain uses 16 strings and a controller, so you can set the lights to flash, twinkle, fade or stay on. The strings, controller and power supply are not weatherproof, so protect them from water and rain.

BUY IT: AliExpress, $24

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These vintage-look lights are popular in Italian piazzas and around the Tuscan countryside. Each string is a generous 50' long and holds 24 clear bulbs on all-weather wiring. Use them to illuminate your patio or outdoor kitchen.

BUY IT: Restoration Hardware, $170

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Tuck strings of fairy lights into glass jars or under cloches for your patio table or into a wreath for your door. The ultra-thin wires on these battery-operated LEDs are bendable, and the lights come in a variety of colors. Don't let the battery box get wet.

BUY IT: Amazon, $6.71

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Kick off your shoes and dig your toes in the sand. No sand around your patio? No problem. Get that beachy-vibe going with a string of illuminated flip-flops. When it's plugged in, a strand gives you 6' of multi-colored lights.

BUY IT: Amazon, $14.64

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Pop open a paper umbrella, slip it into your favorite tropical drink and enjoy it under a set of umbrella party lights. One lighted string has ten mini-umbrellas in five colors: blue, green, yellow, orange and pink.

BUY IT: Amazon, $22.51

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Decorative lights topped by copper shades really dress up your outdoor space. Each string measures approximately 35' long and requires seven clear, incandescent bulbs, which are sold separately.

Buy It: Destination Lighting, each string, $99.95, bulb prices vary

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