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Types of String Lights and What You Should Know: Smart Idea

Whether you plan to have a Diwali party or a Christmas get together, different types of string lights prove to be the best option to add energy and party vibe to your area.

With a touch up of different types of string lights, your house or city or office or wherever you are planning a party looks beautiful and unique.

What are String Lights?

String lights are small LED lights that are used to decorate your house. Earlier, it used to be in minimal options and was significant in size.

With the increased use of string lights, manufacturers have started their production in different forms, colors, and variations.

Be it a Diwali night, Christmas party, new year’s eve, birthday party, or any other celebration, string lights never fail to add beauty to the event.

They give a warm and magnificent environment and make your vicinity different from others regarding the vibe they give and how they look.

Types of String Lights

Overhead String Lighting

String lights could be installed indoors and outdoors, depending on the event’s requirement and need. Nowadays, the trend of using string lights is increasing because of the vibe they give.

Find below different types of string lights you could use and decorate your area.

1. Vintage String Lights

These are fundamental and easily recognizable lights having an aesthetic look. Vintage lights are easily recognizable because of the simple bulbs that are used.

These lights are often called Edison light bulbs. The wires inside these bulbs give golden light, creating a warm, intimate, and romantic environment. You will indeed find these in restaurants and cafes because of their unique aesthetic look.

MANSAA 3.5 MTR 100 LED with 10 Vintage Edison Plastic Bulbs with (2-in-1) USB and 3 AA Battery Box Copper String Light for Decoration. (Warm White)
  • ✅ Super Bright Bulbs: 100 units bright leds,10 bulbs, offering romantic lighting in warm white color.
  • ✅ 2 in 1 : Powered by USB and 3AA Batteries (Not Included), portable and ease to use anywhere, great for using as camping tent lighting
  • ✅ Create cozy atmosphere, charming and festive accent, to a casual evening under the stars, perfect for any celebration Decor
  • ✅ Perfect for Backyards, Gazebos, Gardens, Pergolas, Decks, City Rooftops, Weddings, Bbq, Dinner Parties, Birthday Parties, Gatherings
  • ✅MANSAA GUARANTEE: Long lifespan and guarantee, Bulb life is rated at 50,000 hours for long-term lighting. At Mansaa, we guarantee the strength and durability of our products by offering 18-month warranty on fairy string lights, worry-free replacement or a full refund.

You can easily find vintage lights in your nearby shopping centers or can either buy them online. You can even check it out here on Amazon.

2. Rope lights

Rope lights are mostly used outdoors but can be used indoors as well. These lights are durable as the bulb or lights are covered with a protective PVC jacket, making it long-lasting to protect it from frost and thus become weather-resistant.

There are two different types of rope lights. One that is available in different colors and consumes less energy. That is the reason why rope lights became popular. Rope lights require investment at once but then are long-lasting and durable.

Another type of rope light includes a bulb with wiring covered in rope. These are known for higher energy consumption and higher output, though these are less expensive.

Murphy 25W LED Strip 2835 Cove Light 5 Metre (Cool White, Pack of 1) with Driver
  • flexible these LED strips are great for a variety of indoor/ interior uses including under cabinet lighting in kitchens ambient Accent lighting in bedrooms lighting toe kick's in bathrooms or adding light to displays or shelves.
  • It is widely used in Home Decoration, Hotel, Office Building, Ads Box, Showcase, Shopping Mall, Store. Festivals / Diwali Decoration / Christmas / New Year / Home Decoration / In-Door / False Ceiling / Kids Room / Shop/ Hotel & Restaurant/ Balcony/ Boundary Wall etc...
  • Warranty: 1 Year on product from date of invoice
  • Non-Dimmable, Low power consumption, safe and reliable. Looks very Beautiful at Night & Can easily be Installed / 100% High Quality + Long Life and Perfect for Home Decoration
  • Manufactured in India Trusted Brand Since 1972
Rock Light Plastic LED Rope Light, 25 m, Warm White
  • water proof led rope light
  • bright led Rope light
  • Very easy to decorate patterns, designs and characters.
  • suitable for indoor as well as outdoor lightning
  • 25 meter

In the links above, you can easily have an idea of rope lights, and if you like it, do not wait. Purchase and decorate your home.

3. Lantern Lights

Fascinated by eastern culture, lantern lights came into effect. It consists of a bulb surrounded by a lantern. Lantern lights are used widely by the people. Whether it be for events or parties or college fests, lantern lights prove to be the most attractive part of the event.

Nowadays, lantern lights are available with solar-powered mechanisms. That means you do not need to spend a high power of electricity. Solar-powered lights run a long way in being cost worthy.

Lantern String Lights Plug in, UL Listed Outdoor Lantern Lights String 9.83FT Pack of 10 Nylon Lantern String Lights for Patio, TIGOMOOV White Lights String for Bedroom
  • ☆INDOOR WHITE LANTERN LIGHTS STRING PLUG IN 120V: Reduce the trouble of battery(others are battery operated string lights),our strings are plug in style and help you to work long time as you need.
  • ☆ OUTDOOR LANTERN LIGHTS STRING GREAT AS PATIO LIGHTS: One set string of lights cover about 6-8 feet for patio .Cute and Mini Lanterns are 100% waterproof no problem as patio string lights ,warm lantern lights decorate your patio and balcony very nicely .
  • ☆STRING of LANTERN LIGHTS FOR BEDROOM: twinkle lights for bedroom has a plug on one end and a socket on the other.So one white string lights can connect up to the other strand, beautiful decorative lights display can hold maximum 25 sets same string light together.
  • ☆STRING of LANTERN LIGHTS CERTIFICATION: The whole lantern string lights are Listed by UL.Please do kindly read the instruction and then install the lanterns on the light string.
  • ☆SPECIFICATIONS OF MINI LANTERNS WITH LIGHTS:The porch lights string material are Nylon Fabric(not paper lanterns with lights), one set light string is including 10pcs 3 inch white nylon fabric exactly string lantern lights, each bulb spacing distance is 10 inch(need simple assembly).
Paper Lantern Lights with Remote Control Multicolored Changing Battery Operated LED Lights Submersible Lamps for Christmas New Year Party Decoration (Pack of 10)
  • ⭐️Upgraded LED Lights for Paper Lantern: These lantern lights come with remote control and feature multicolor changing function, so put them inside your paper lantern and you can set up the lantern lighting without much effort.It is also waterproof design, you can use it as a submersible lights for vases, centerpieces, pool lighting.
  • ⭐️Remote Control&Adjustable Brightness: Paper lantern lights with 2x13 key IR remote controller, they make it easy to change the colors or turn on/off within 5-10M without manual operation. You can also adjust the brightness,and it offers you 4 kinds of color changing patterns, including flash, strobe, fade and smooth.
  • ⭐️W/RGB 13 Multicolored Changing: LED lights are design with 5pcs Ultra bright LEDs (3*RGB+1*white+1*warm whtie ), Which is superior than any other lantern lights in the market. Offer you 13 different static color choice, select your favorite light such as red, green, blue, white, yellow, purple and others.
  • ⭐️Battery Power&Easy to Replace: Led Lights are powered by by 2xCR2450 battery (included and installed) which can last about 36 hours. You can twist off easily the button to change new battery only takes a few seconds.We suggest that you could turn off or unscrew the light when you don't need them to work.
  • ⭐️Great Light for Any Occasion Decoration: These led paper lantern lights can be hung into your paper lantern and make them to look out of the ordinary especially in the dark. Ideal for lantern decoration, wedding,baby shower, birthday, room décor,celebration and other theme parties.

Click on the link above and find some ideas of lantern lights available for you to shop.

4. Jar Lights

Jar lights are simply the lights inhibited in the jar giving a new and aesthetic look to your area. Jar lights could be used outdoors as well as indoors.

Lavany LED Fairy Light Solar for Mason Jar Lid Insert Color Changing for Bedroom Xmas Wedding Party Garden Decor (C)
  • Material: Plastic;;;Voltage: 1.2V ;;; Electricity: 600mah;;; Switch Pattern: Toggle Switch
  • Size: Diameter 7cm;;; Length: 1m;;; Bulb: 10 Leds;;;Charge Time: 5 - 8 Hours
  • Package Contents: 1 * Solar Mason Jar Lid(7cm Common Mason Jar Not Include)
  • Light Charge: Solar Energy Powered or need a AAA battery (included)
  • Perfect for different occasions such as wedding, hotel, business building, festival ornament, home decoration, shop window, club, concert, singing hall, fashion show, dancing hall, and stage and so on

Find above the jar lights on Amazon.

But despite purchasing new jar lights, you can even make it yourself. Out of the different types of string lights, jar light could easily be made on its own.

Follow this link, and you can easily make a jar light on your own.

5. Fairy Lights

Fairy lights were given the right name based on how these lights look. These, when used, give a wholly magnificent and majestic look to the environment.

These could be used in rooms as well in your backyards. These lights create an illusion of so many flies gathered. This is what makes these lights unique and extraordinary.

Combine these lights with bushes and trees and see how magnificent these looks.

YIHONG 2 Set Christmas Fairy Lights Battery Operated,16ft 50LED String Lights Remote Control Timer Twinkle String Lights 8 Modes Silver Wire Firefly Lights for Garden Party Indoor Decor-White
  • Bright Firefly Lights --- Each fairy light is 16.4 feet,50 LED twinkle lights glow white lights, which are so bright and adding some romantic ambiance. These are thin, sturdy string lights, very easy to adjust where you want them to be and what shape you prefer.
  • Remote Control --- With a remote in hand, you can easily turn on/off the lights; adjust the brightness; switch from flash to twinkle to slow fade to steady on etc. Control your lights at the distance of 12ft. To avoid forgetting to turn off the lights, you can set timer, the twinkle lights will be 6 hours on and 18 hours off per day. All is in your control!
  • 8 Modes Lightings--- Combination, In waves, Sequential, Slo glo, Chasing/Flash, Slow fade, Twinkle/Flash, and Steady on.
  • Sealed Wire --- The wire parts of the string lights are fully sealed, thus making it submersible, but the battery case is only IP 44 waterproof, so it can meet normal use outside but not enough to put underwater directly, so please keep it away from water, steam rain and other humid conditions.
  • Safe to Use --- This LED string starry Light will not overheat after many hours of usage, safe for your family and friends.

(Try out these lights from Amazon).

6. Coloured Lights

Colored lights are what everyone generally uses. On Christmas trees, we see these almost everywhere, during Diwali, in gardens, in rooms. Colored lights can be used differently and combined with different colours or just with the same color.

These lights give an intimate view of the environment. If used accordingly, these can also provide a fun environment for the event.

Globe Led String Lights, Mibote 55ft 112 LEDs Colored Fairy Lights Waterproof Plug in String Lights for Outdoor Indoor Bedroom Patio Garden Party Wedding Patio Christmas Xmas Tree Decoration
  • Decorative String Light - Our sting lights is 55ft/16.7m, 112 Leds, RGBY (red, green, blue, yellow), non-friable, not overheat. One broken will not affect others.
  • Remote & Adapted Comtrol - 2 Switch modes are available for the led globe string lights, you could select what you want. UL Listed power supply, safe use in your home.
  • 8 Lighting Modes - Combination, in wave, sequential, slo-glo, chasing/flash, slow fade, twinkle/flash, steady on, change different modes according to different occasions.
  • Water Resstant - IP65 Waterproof level, ideal for garden, patio, bar, bedroom, living room, kitchen weddings birthday Christmas parties etc. Outdoor and indoor decoration.
  • Great Gift Idea for Birthday, Christmas and Thanksgiving Day. All of string lights are well tested before shipped to ensure qualified standard. And we are committed to provide a good shopping experience to customers, please let us know if there is any quality problem occurs. we will assist you within 24 hrs.

Out of different types of string lights, colored lights are the ones that could give a different view of the event accordingly.  One must try colored lights without having any thought of doubt.

7. Wire Rope Lights

Wire- rope light is a rope of lights consisting of multiple lights. These lights find a way both indoors as well as outdoors. People who have a creative mind always demand rope lights to meld the lights in the way they desire.

Wire rope lights look beautiful in every manner they are used. Whether you hang them on the wall or make symbols out of these roles, these creations always look amazing.

LMNOP 20 Meter LED Rope Light Pipe Light(Multicolor) + 2 Adapter, Decorative Light, LowPrice Festival, Ceiling Light, Home,Office, Diwali, Eid & Christmas Decoration, Birthday, Stage Decoration
  • Package Include 20 meter Rope 1pcs and 2pcs Adapter. High Quality Waterproof LED Rope: Made up of High quality plastic and has high strength.
  • Ruf and Tuff use: Product can be rigorously used in any type of climate, Rain/Shower Proof, Smooth finish.
  • Long Life: This product can be used multiple times throughout the year
  • Flexibility in use: Item may be cut into smaller pieces and can be installed at multiple places. (Note: Item works with Provided AC adapters, DO NOT connect directly to AC supply)
  • Wide Application: LED string light can be used in bars, shopping malls, hotels, weddings, exhibition shows and any Outdoor Applications. For personal use, it is suitable for decorate bedroom, kitchen, garages, patios to create romantic surprise or make a proposal. Also an ideal decoration for holiday celebration such as Diwali, Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year, Thanksgiving Day, Easter.

8. Globe Lights

As the name suggests, globe lights are lights that look like small circular figures like a globe. These could be used in gardens or even indoors because they give an aesthetic look to your home and are different from other types of string lights.

These are available in the simple white shade or could even be found in other colorful shades.

DarkVision Globe Shape Antique Look Decorative Wooden Surface Mounted Classic Wall Light E-27 for Bedroom, Living Room, Home Decor VD-Globe (Bulb Not Included) (Brown - Pack of 2)
  • MATERIAL : Wood Base & Glob Glass, SIZE in CMs :- L14 X H20 X W14
  • Holder Type: E27 , BULB TYPE:- This Wall fixture comes fitted with an imported E-27 bulb holder (Bulb Not Included)
  • QUALITY :- High Quality Wood base used with frosted glass which gives a premium look
  • DESIGN :- Modern classic design, exquisite workmanship, perfect lighting, worth your purchase
  • DECORATION:- Best suited for Dining Room, Bedroom, Living Room, Bar, Restaurants, Study Room, Aisle, Corridor, Coffee Shop.

Have a look and see how globe lights could give a classy look to your home.

Final Words

Before buying string lights, make sure that you know the different types of string lights available in the market. Once you know the types of string lights, it would be easy for you to judge and decide which string lights would suit your area and your pocket well.

If you plan to have sting lights outdoor, make sure that the lights are weather-resistant and try to make solar powered string lights.

Another consideration that you must look upon before purchasing the lights is how the lights are powered. Batteries power the majority of the lights, so if these are cost-worthy, go for it. Otherwise, explore some other options.

Another consideration to be looked upon is the flexibility of wires if you have a creative mind and want to play with string lights.

After having a proper reserve, it would be easy to buy proper and suitable string lights without wasting money and time on other options.

Sandy Jensen
Sandy Jensen is the founder of OrganizeWithSandy and Works with Champalimaud Design where she curates and creates fresh ideas for designing and styling your life.

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