Best Outdoor String Lights 2011

Shopping Guide

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String lights have gotten better since we compiled our 'best of' list last year — there are more LEDs, more handcrafted finds, and more variations in styles. If you're looking for a way to transform your outdoor space, our source list has expanded to include additional online stores and independent retailers — enjoy!

5093f4d3d9127e2f160004e1. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Pigeon Toe Ceramics
Based in Portland, Pigeon Toe hand-crafts two types of ceramic string lights for indoor or outdoor use: Disc and Pleated. Both are available in sets of 10 with 15 glaze options.
Disc String Lights, $164

5093f4d4dbd0cb034f000535. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop LAMPS PLUS
They sell a bunch of different party lights — some tacky, some tasteful. Our favorites are the metal cage lights, a strand of 10 with an industrial-style lantern around the bulb.
Metal Cage Lantern String Party Lights, $25

5093f4d4d9127e2f160004e2. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop PartyLights.com
These are a nice, big, round set of bulbs in clear glass. Shop at this online store for basic sets of affordable bulbs, strands of LED lights, and commercial strings and bulbs.
G50 15 Light Set - Clear, $26

5093f4d5dbd0cb034f000536. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop SaveOnCrafts
This webshop has a really nice selection of LED string lights. The advantage of LEDs is that they're energy efficient and they don't burn out as often as regular bulbs.
38" Flexible Lighting 96 LED Battery Operated Pearl Lights, $35

5093f4d6d9127e2f210004a1. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop NapaStyle
This California-based mail order catalog carries basic globe lights, as well as a few versions of colored string lights and a couple options with galvanized shades.
Golden Globe Lights, $40 - $140

5093f4d7dbd0cb0349000535. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Sival
A 54-foot strand with 24 sockets from Sival, these are the kind of heavy-duty lights used in restaurants, streets, and hotels.
Commercial-Grade Heavy-Duty Outdoor String Lights, 54 ft., 24 Medium Base Sockets, With Suspensor, $99

5093f4d7d9127e2f160004e3. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Amazon.com
A 35-foot string with 7 sockets and galvanized shades, this strand has a 'ruffled' shade that reflects light.
Table In A Bag SL3507BLK European Cafe Commercial Quality String Lighting, $65

5093f4d8dbd0cb034f000537. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop World Market
They have several inexpensive party lights, including paper lanterns, globe lights, and decorative ball lights in multiple colors and styles.
Clear 30-Bulb String Lights, $30

5093f4d9d9127e2f160004e4. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop West Elm
David Stark designed this strand of 10 lights with seagrass shades. The look is a little more laid-back bohemian than some of the other styles on this list.
David Stark Outdoor String Lights, on sale for $25

5093f4d9dbd0cb034f000538. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Pottery Barn
New this year, their cafe string lights have been updated with rounded bulbs and galvanized iron shades. Each strand comes with 8 bulbs.
Cafe String Lights, $39

5093f4dad9127e2f160004e5. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Solar Illuminations
These LED lights are solar powered. Each string is equipped with a weatherproof solar panel that feeds a strand of 104 LED bulbs in white, amber, blue, green, or red.
Solar String Lights, $40

5093f4dadbd0cb03420004ea. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Pearl River Mart
Classic summer style. Pearl River carries a bunch of different variations on paper lantern string lights, including globe, pagoda-style, cube, and perforated shades.
White Mini String Lights, $13.50

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