Patio lights string ideas and summer are like peanut butter and jelly. If you’re looking to liven up your outdoor space on the cheap and make the most of the hanging patio this season, you can’t go wrong with a string (or two) of lights. Not sure where to start? The 38 spaces below will show you how to install string lights with style this season.
With a bit of imagination and spending less than $100, you can turn your deck and backyard into a magical hideaway. Its vital ingredient is string lights – different styles include fairy lights, Edison bulbs, icicle lights, and globe lights. Almost all outdoor string lights now have LED bulbs, which are more energy-efficient than incandescent filaments. You can also find solar lights that don’t require sockets or extension cords.
Tiny, twinkling lights hung in trees or around fence posts require minimal installation and provide almost instant enjoyment. Hanging earth lights over an outdoor dining area or pool takes more time to set up. But with the right hanging tools, you’ll be amazed at the beautiful results – and no doubt you’ll want to relax and entertain outdoors more often.
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Cool patio lights string ideas
What a difference twinkling lights can make. Wrap Christmas lights around Emma’s ceiling beams and turn your deck into an inviting outdoor lair. One trick is to buy lights with wick colors that match and blend with the surroundings. Emma chose brown wick lights to give a whole look a seamless and elegant look.
If your outdoor seating area is underutilized after dark, try this method to bring in light. Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chick offers simple ideas for hanging string lights in an outdoor seating/dining area with a chimney. She likes the warm incandescent bulbs from Feit Electric, strung on a heavy, weather-resistant wire.
Step away from your screen and set up a movie projector instead. All you need is our genius guide on setting up an outdoor theater and some decorative lights to enhance the ambiance. We recommend using solar-powered fairy lights (available on Amazon). These beautiful, warm-toned lights can withstand weather conditions and work for six to eight hours on a full charge.
Take a dip after dark to bring romance to your everyday life. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, bistro-style overhead lights can add beauty and function. Of course, any electricity near the water requires caution, so read up on the risks before safely installing a string of lights. One option is a shatterproof and waterproof solar bulb, such as this one from Brightech.