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.

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

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

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

From Wayfair

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

From Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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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