The 10 best outdoor fairy lights for 2021


A single set of fairy lights can add a boost to your outdoor space – whether you attach them to the railing of your deck or balcony, or hang them under your cantilever umbrella or new pergola. While they are often used for weddings and summer showers, they don’t need a special occasion to brighten up your yard. You can spend long relaxing evenings under fairy lights with friends and family, enjoying meals and roasting marshmallows over the fire pit. Whether you’re looking for a set that is simple and elegant, with frosted globes or vintage onions or festive palm trees or pineapples for a party, check out our top picks.

What is to be considered?

You will be surprised how much there is to know before buying string lights for outdoor use. After measuring the feet to be covered, decide whether you want incandescent lamps or LED lamps. For more information, see our deep dive with lightbulbs and our primer for LEDs. If there isn’t an accessible outlet and you’d rather not use an extension cord, it’s best to use a solar-powered or battery-powered device. If a single sentence doesn’t do the job, consider choosing the end-to-end connection option. However, pay attention to the maximum power and how many sets can be strung together.

Next up: the number of lights per strand – and how far apart they are, usually several inches to 3 feet or more. Finally aesthetics: the cords are available in different colors. The lightbulbs range from Edison in vintage style to frosted globes to innovations made of glass or “break-proof” plastic.

How we decided

Our selection includes all common outdoor fairy lights with a rating of four or more stars. As mentioned above, there are a number of features to consider, and we’ve highlighted the most notable ones for every sentence we’ve written about. Outdoor fairy lights are generally inexpensive, but we’ve covered options for a number of price ranges and selected some value-added options such as: B. Sets with longer cable lengths, more lights for less, and fairy lights that are sold in packs of two.

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Our value pick

50 foot outdoor fairy lights, 50 light bulbs


$ 38.99

This set of attractive Edison-style lightbulbs is an excellent deal – with 50 bulbs stretching over 50 feet at the time of writing for less than $ 40. They are also a customer favorite, averaging 4.6 stars from more than 30,000 reviewers.

The glowing G40 glass spheres are each about 1.5 inches and cast soft white light over a dining table or large patio. The lamps are E12 based and have an estimated lifespan of 1,000 hours. They are 12 inches apart on the wire with a 6 inch cable. The maximum is set to a different set, for a total of 100 feet of light, and the set is both waterproof and dimmable. Two spare bulbs are a bonus.


48 foot outdoor string lights, 15 light bulbs

If you are looking for a retro look, these charming vintage Edison-style lightbulbs will add the perfect touch to your outdoor setup. The heavy wire is 48 feet long and has 15 elongated light bulbs that are pretty bright at 11 watts each.

The waterproof light set is dimmable and has an end-to-end connection. The set received good marks with an average of 4.8 stars from more than 11,000 customers. Remember that the lamps are more than a meter apart and no spare parts are included.


Best lightbulb

50 foot outdoor fairy lights, 50 light bulbs

Charlton home

$ 69.90

These trendy, frosted globes give every room an upscale atmosphere and a warm shimmer. On the 50 foot high gauge wire are 50 G50 bulbs 1 foot apart that can be connected to other sets for a maximum of 959 watts. The lightbulbs are said to have a service life of 3,000 hours, and the set is available with a green or white wire in addition to the black shown.


Best LED lamp

48 foot outdoor string lights, 15 light bulbs


$ 43.99

The main advantages of using outdoor LED lights are that they are energy efficient and do not need to be replaced as often. This set is from Brightech of LA, which is known for its high quality, affordable, designer lighting. It has a 48 foot cord with 15 Edison bulbs 3 feet apart and can be connected with up to seven additional strands.

The set is waterproof and dimmable and received rave reviews with an impressive average 4.8 stars from nearly 7,900 customers.


Best white wire option

25 foot outdoor fairy lights, 25 light bulbs


$ 17.49

White wire fairy lights always look elegant outdoors and are often used for weddings and summer showers. This set has weatherproof wire that is 24 feet long with 25 Edison bulbs 1 foot apart.

It is dimmable and three strings can be continuously connected to each other for a maximum of 432 watts. The G40 bulbs are 5 watts each and have an E12 base, but no replacement bulbs are included. Several additional wire colors and lengths are available.


Preferably solar powered

27 foot outdoor string lights, 12 light bulbs


$ 39.99

With this solar-powered set, you no longer have to worry about finding a socket for your outdoor fairy lights. The 27 foot wire has 12 plastic LED bulbs 20 inches apart and they can be easily hung under a parasol as there is a 6 inch cord from the first light to the solar panel.

Expect five to six hours of light when the panel is charged for six hours in direct sunlight and less in indirect light. The S14 LED lamps are replaceable and have a lifespan of 20,000 hours. Although no extras are included, the set comes with a clip and post that can be attached to the solar panel.


Best industrial style

20 foot outdoor string lights, 12 clear light bulbs


$ 20.99

These industrial style outdoor lights look elegant, and the metal cages protect the lightbulbs if you accidentally drop the wire. The 20-foot waterproof wire is strung with 12 clear light bulbs that give off a warm, soft glow. They are 20 inches apart and have 10 inches of cable on each end. The set is dimmable and waterproof with G40 lamps based on E12.

No additional lightbulbs are included, but 10 metal hooks and four plastic clips are included.


Best lantern style

7 foot outdoor string lights, 10 light bulbs


$ 22.99

This classic outdoor string lights set features 10 mini white lanterns strung on a 7 foot wire. They are illuminated with soft white 8.4 watt incandescent lamps – four replacement lamps are included – and should have a service life of 1500 hours.

The lanterns are about 3 inches in diameter and are made of nylon to keep out in the rain. They are strung 8 inches apart on the waterproof black wire, which can be connected end-to-end with additional sets for a maximum output of 216 watts.


Best fairy lights

33 Foot Solar Outdoor String Lights, 100 Light Bulbs (2-Pack)


$ 16.98

Ultra-romantic fairy lights work best when grouped or wrapped around branches and poles. This set features 100 bright LED lamps on 33 foot bendable copper wire. There are eight lighting options, from twinkle to waves to flashing. They are also solar powered and have a built-in rechargeable battery. Two sets are included and are only $ 17 at the time of writing.


Best novelty option

9-foot outdoor string lights, 20 bulbs (2-pack)

Winter green lighting

$ 33.99

These irresistible, oh-so-summer outdoor novelties are as festive as they come. You can’t go wrong with palm trees, but the pink flamingos and pineapples are equally appealing.

There are 10 light bulbs spaced 9 inches apart on a 7 foot white wire with an 18 inch cord in front of the first light bulb. They are sold in single strands, but you can join them together throughout. The best value for money is to buy a pack of two.

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