Refine By

Outdoor Lights Buying Guide

The twinkling of outdoor lights is as much a part of our holiday recollections as the tree inside the house. When used well, outdoor lights can turn a dark home into a cornucopia of holiday cheer. And the market for outdoor lights has exploded, with options galore for everyone from the most restrained exterior decorator to those who embrace a more exuberant approach. Here's your guide to buying outdoor lights.

Types of Outdoor Lights

Types of Outdoor Lights

Each type of outdoor lights exhibits a very different look and feel on your home's exterior. And because of the flexibility and availability of different types of outdoor lights, you can quickly transform your home into holiday central. Start by reviewing the types that are most suited to your home's style and your personal decorating expression. Those may include spheres, LED lights, silhouettes, trees, icicle-style lights, nets, stakes, different size bulbs, or ropes.

Spheres

These round orbs vary in size and style. Some resemble grapevine wreaths, while others appear spun out of delicate string. The lights inside can also be of differing colors such as white, green, red, or blue.

LED

Many outdoor lights are now powered by LED light sources. In addition to producing intense white light, LED outdoor lights last longer and use less electricity than many other lights.

shop LED
Coleman
$17.99
at Target

Nothing say "hey friends, this is our campsite!" like these playful Coleman LED String Lights. These LED string lights look like m...ini, black camping lanterns and are oh so cute. One string features 10 Coleman mini lanterns that light up with long-lasting LED's. Each adorable, tiny lantern is 2.75 inches. These battery-operated string lights are powered with 3 AA batteries, so they work anywhere. These lantern string lights expand out to 80 inches, weigh less than 1 pound and are weather resistant. Add a little fun to your trailer, RV, backyard or even a camping-fan's Christmas tree with these super-fun Coleman lantern string lights. This includes one decorative string of lights. Batteries sold separately. Number of Pieces: 1Bulb Type: LEDFeatures: OutdoorWarranty Description: 1 Year Limited WarrantyBattery: Required, not included: 3 zinc carbon AALighted Length: 80.0 "Cord Lead Length: 80.0 " read more

Vickerman
$43.98 $51.08
at Hayneedle

Purely perfect for any space, the pure white tone of the Vickerman 25 ct. Pure White C7 LED Lights with Green wire 8 in. Spacing -... Set of 2 will set an enchanting scene this Christmas. You?ll love how the classic shape and multi-faceted texture are oh so merry, and you?ll get two full sets with this order, each with a 16-foot green cord. On each cord, you?ll find 25 C7 lights spaced eight inches apart. The included end connectors allow you to link the two cords together, too.And these aren?t any old lights - the LED technology is cool burning, energy efficient, built to last, and suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Trees, hedges, doorways, mantels - you?re in a for a holly jolly holiday. About Vickerman This product is proudly made by Vickerman, a leader in high quality holiday decor. Founded in 1940, the Vickerman Company has established itself as an innovative company dedicated to exceeding the expectations of their customers. With a wide variety of remarkably realistic looking foliage, greenery and beautiful trees, Vickerman is a name you can trust for helping you create beloved holiday memories year after year. read more

Philips
$11.99
at Target

Create ambient outdoor lighting for a festive gathering with the Philips LED G40 globe lights. Each strand of 25 lights has end-to...-end connections, so you can attach several strands to cover large areas. These Philips warm white G40 globe lights emit light in all directions, making them ideal for general lighting applications. They're energy efficient to cut down on your electricity bills. Number of Pieces: 1Bulb Type: LEDLight Bulb Shape: G40Features: Connects End to End, Outdoor, IndoorIncludes: Mounting HardwareWarranty Description: 3 Year Limited WarrantyBattery: no battery usedLighted Length: 25.0 'Cord Lead Length: 6.0 ' read more

Philips
$11.99
at Target

Use these multicolored bulb lights to decorate your Christmas tree or put them outdoors as part of your exterior display. This str...and has 25 lights and can be strung end-to-end with other strands to create a massive holiday display. Number of Pieces: 1Bulb Type: LEDLight Bulb Shape: G40Features: Indoor, Connects End to End, OutdoorIncludes: Mounting HardwareWarranty Description: 3 Year Limited WarrantyBattery: no battery usedLighted Length: 25.0 'Cord Lead Length: 6.0 ' read more

Silhouettes

Silhouettes typically depict a holiday-related scene, such as Santa Claus or a snowman. The displays are usually vertical and may consist of various light colors and shapes.

Trees

Outdoor lights are now available in tree shapes; these typically have a top or star with a cascade of lights that flows down and out to the ground.

shop Trees
National Tree Company
$557.99
at Amazon

This nine foot tall fir tree makes a big statement. The hinged branch construction and pre-lit design allow for trouble-free assem...bly. Just add your holiday ornaments and trimmings and enjoy. 66" Diameter at base, includes metal tree stand. read more

National Tree Company
$350.99
at Amazon

This Dunhill Fir tree, pre-strung with a generous number of clear light bulbs and featuring hinged branch construction, assembles ...quickly for holiday display. With over 2500 branch tips, there is lots of room for ornament hanging. 59" Diameter at base, includes metal tree stand. read more

National Tree Company
$159.99
at Amazon

The pencil thin shape of the Kingswood Fir makes it a great tree for display in tight corners and small spaces. Pre-strung with cl...ear lights and featuring hinged branch construction, this tree assembles quickly and is ready for decoration. 28" diameter at base, includes metal tree stand. read more

National Tree Company
$99.99
at Amazon

National Tree Company is a leading manufacturer and wholesale supplier of artificial Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands as well... as holiday decorations and fiber optics. Our trees come in a wide range of shapes, styles and size. read more

Icicles

Icicle-style lights are almost as common as traditional mini lights. These are created with a long strand of lights hung with shorter strands that hang down.

shop Icicles
Cosmo Lighting
$11.99
at Target

Accent your holiday decorations with these 70-count LED dome string lights. In cool white, they will provide contrast to more colo...rful décor. For added convenience, these lights can connect end to end with others just like them. These weather and water resistant stay lit LED lights can be used indoor or outdoor and are cool to the touch. The dome setting shines light brighter in all directions. You can even connect up to 43 sets with the connectable feature of the lights! Bulb Type: LEDFeatures: Connects End to End, Indoor, OutdoorWarranty Description: 30 Day Limited Manufacturer Warranty read more

Britestar
$21.99
at Target

Hang lights wherever you want them with this battery-operated light set from Brite Star. This set includes 35 white LED lights wit...h three-inch long icicles. It is perfect for trimming your windows or roof without having to worry about extension cords. Number of Pieces: 1Bulb Type: LEDFeatures: Outdoor, IndoorIncludes: Light BulbsWarranty Description: 1 Year Limited WarrantyBattery: Required, included: 2 alkaline D read more

Britestar
$19.99
at Target

Celebrate the holiday season by decorating your home with this set of snowflake LED icicle lights. These electric lights can be us...ed indoors or outdoors. Plus, you can connect multiple sets end-to-end to create an even more impressive seasonal display. Number of Pieces: 1Bulb Type: LEDFeatures: Connects End to End, Indoor, OutdoorIncludes: Light BulbsWarranty Description: 1 Year Limited WarrantyBattery: no battery used read more

Good Tidings
$33.99
at Amazon

50 blue and white bulbs. UL approved for indoor or outdoor use. LED lights stay lit even if one or more LED bulbs fail on the ...string. Because of the efficiency of LED lights, you receive up to 90% energy savings and a longer average rated lifetime. The lights are cool to the touch and the low working voltage and current lessen the chances of fire or electrical shock. read more

Nets

Net-style outdoor lights are an inventive solution to covering bushes and shrubs. Available in different widths and lengths, these lights string together bulbs in a weblike arrangement.

shop Nets
Wintergreen Lighting

Features: Net light Number of lights: 100 Bulb color: Warm white Wire color: Green 22 Gauge wire Twinkle light Connect up to 21 se...t Fused/stackable male plug Use indoor/outdoor on bushes Watts per net: 9.6 Average hours: 60,000 Eco friendly Bulb type: LED bulb Dimensions: Bulb size: 5 mm Lead length: 24? Tail length: 4? Net size: 48? x 72? read more

Wintergreen Lighting
$36.64 $49.00
at Wayfair

Features: Net light Number of lights: 100 Bulb color: Cool white Wire color: Green 22 Gauge wire Twinkle light Connect up to 21 se...t Fused/stackable male plug Use indoor/outdoor on bushes Watts per net: 9.6 Average hours: 60,000 Eco friendly Bulb type: LED bulb Dimensions: Bulb size: 5 mm Lead length: 24? Tail length: 4? read more

Inliten
$9.99-$79.92
at Amazon

Holiday Wonderland, 150 Count, Clear Bulbs Net-Style Light Set with End Connector, Size 4' x 6', 24" Lead Wire, Green Wire, For Re...placement Bulb Use #1115-2-88, TV #513-687. read more

Britestar
$25.99
at Target

Bulb Type: Mini, LEDFeatures: Outdoor, Blinking LightsIncludes: Light BulbsWarranty Description: 1 Year Limited Manufacturer Warra...nty read more

Stakes

Outdoor light stakes may sometimes be battery-powered for easy installation. A short stake topped with lights is inserted into the ground; it's useful to line a walkway.

Bulb Types

Outdoor lights differ by bulb size. Standard mini lights are most commonly found on strings and in different colors. Other, larger bulb sizes include C7 and C9.

Rope

Encased in a clear or semitransparent plastic tube, rope lights present an almost-uninterrupted stream of light that can be used on railings and other suitable spots outside the home.

shop Rope
Inliten
$15.04-$77.94
at Amazon

Holiday Wonderland, 18', Blue Rope Light Set, 216 Lights 13 MM Diameter, Blue Color PVC, Connect Up To 200', Includes 18 Mounting ...Clips With Screws & 18 Cable Ties, Color Box With Window. read more

CBconcept
$96.98
at Amazon

Concept is proudly introduce you this beautiful LED rope light, where it offers unparalleled advantage over traditional incandesce...nt rope light. Its brightness, almost twice as brighter. Its low energy consumption, use as little as 10-Percent to 15-Percent compare to incandescent, and its long useful life, as much as 30 times more. Most of all, its beautiful color is unfound in incandescent lighting. with its flexibility, safety, and long lasting features, it's an ideal lighting for your home decorative project. Very popular with Walkways, Tree trunks, Hallways, Garage Door Frames, Stairs, Palm Trees, Dancing Rooms, Street Lamps, Arbors & trellises, Playhouses, Backyard Cottages, Sandboxes, Garden Houses, Gazebos, and Pergolas. ADDITIONAL ACCESSORY and Other LENGTH package, please see our store for more options or contact our friendly sales representative. read more

Vickerman
$99.99
at Target

This LED snowflake is designed for use both indoors and out. Its white color makes it easy to fit in with your home and seasonal d...ecor. With 240 bulbs, this piece is sure to add a bit of light to your season. Number of Pieces: 1 Bulb Type: LEDFeatures: Outdoor, Indoor, Stay-Lit BulbsIncludes: Light BulbsWarranty Description: 1 Year Limited Manufacturer WarrantyBattery: no battery used read more

American Lighting
$87.64 $96.60
at Wayfair

The LED Mini 2-Wire is a miniature rectangular Flexbrite product that measures only 5/16" by ¼" in cross-section. LEDs are housed ...in a clear PVC rope at 1" spacing. This kit comes in white and has convenient cut increments and a wide selection of connectors (including L's, T's and X's) ensure that this low-voltage product will be suitable for an array of projects, both indoors and out. FEATURES:Highly durable, low profile linear lighting system Clear PVC, colored LEDs One inch LED spacing clearly marks aisles, steps, outlines, architectural details, low level lighting (toe kicks), decks and much more Long life ? up to 60,000 hours (average life) for White and 100,000 hours (average life) for other colors Cuttable 12V system with six extrusion types for a variety of flooring applications SPECIFICATIONS: For use with appropriately sized 12V power supplies Maximum run is 21 feet Available in custom cuts Dimensions: 1/4" x 5/16" KIT OPTIONS: 4' mounting track End cap L connector Power cord connector Splice kit T connector "U" shaped mounting clip X connector read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Many holiday outdoor lights can represent a significant investment of both time and budget toward your exterior holiday decorating, so it's important to thoughtfully consider the factors that can influence your purchase. Price is, of course, a factor, as is storage of outdoor lights. The length or size of lights should be carefully considered, as should ease of replacement, operation, and installation. Think through these options before investing in your outdoor lights.

Price

Outdoor lights vary widely in price. Options that affect cost include type of bulb, length of strand, and complexity of design.

Storage

How you store your holiday outdoor lights should affect your purchase. Are strands able to be rolled and contained easily? Do large silhouettes need a special spot on shelves? Make sure you have room before finalizing a purchase.

Replacement Bulbs

Ease of replacing burned-out bulbs -- and whether strands or displays stay lit if a bulb burns out -- should be a purchase consideration for any outdoor lights.

shop Replacement Bulbs
Inliten
$1.70-$32.92
at Amazon

Holiday Wonderland, 4 Pack, C7, Multi, 120V, Ceramic Candelabra Base Replacement Bulbs.

Inliten
$6.53-$42.24
at Amazon

Holiday Wonderland, 4 Pack, C9 120V, Multi Transparent, Intermediate Base Replacement Bulb.

Inliten
$1.99-$40.26
at Amazon

Holiday Wonderland, 5 Pack, Multi 3.5-4V X/B Replacement Bulbs, 35, 70 & 140 Light Sets.

Moonrays

The Moonrays Blue Glass 4-Watt Wedge Base Replacement Light Bulb is compatible with 12-volt low voltage landscape lighting. These ...4-watt, 12-volt bulbs have an average lifespan of 500-hours, measure 1.5 in. overall length (38-millimeters), rated for 40-lumens and come in a 4-pack. These bulbs are blue and compatible with a 12-volt low voltage lights. For best results, make sure to replace your bulbs with the same size and style of bulb that came with your original light. Let Moonrays help make your outdoor settings as beautiful, livable and enjoyable as any room in your home. The Moonrays Blue Glass 4-Watt Wedge Base Replacement Light Bulb comes with a 1-year limited warranty provided to the original purchaser, which protects this product from manufacturing defects in material, assembly and workmanship. Average lifespan of 500-hours and measure 1.5 in. overall length (38-mm) Great replacement bulbs for low voltage landscape lighting and sold in a 4-pack 4-watt blue bulbs have a 40-Lumen rating For best results, make sure to replace your bulbs with the same size and style of bulb that came with your original low voltage lights Comes with a limited 1-year warranty MSDSYou will need Adobe® Acrobat® Reader to view PDF documents. Download a free copy from the Adobe Web site. SPECIFICATIONS Assembled Depth (in.) .75 in Assembled Height (in.) 5.88 in Assembled Width (in.) 4 in Exterior Lighting Accessory Type Replacement Bulbs Manufacturer 1-year limited warranty Outdoor Lighting Features No additional features Product Height (in.) 5.88 Product Length (in.) .75 Product Type Light Product Weight (lb.) 0.05 lb Product Width (in.) 4 Returnable 90-Day Weather Resistant No CUSTOMERS WHO VIEWED THIS ITEM PURCHASED... $3.97Moonrays Red Glass 4-Watt Wedge Base Replacement... (3) Add to cart$3.97Moonrays Green Glass 4-Watt Wedge Base... (1) Add to cart$3.97Moonrays Amber Glass 4-Watt Wedge Base... (3) Add to cart$3.97Moonrays Clear Glass 4-Watt Wedge Base... (1) Add to cart$3.97Moonrays Clear Glass 11-Watt Wedge Base... (1) Add to cart CUSTOMER REVIEWS Do you own this product? Be the first to rate it. Your feedback will help users like you to make informed decisions and will help us to improve our product offerings! Write a Review Write a Review Click on filters to refine your results. Ratings summary Overall rating 5.0 out of 5.0 1 review 5(1)4(0)3(0)2(0)1(0)Appearance 5.0 out of 5.0 Quality 5.0 out of 5.0 Value 5.0 out of 5.0 Ease of installation 5.0 out of 5.0 100% of customersrecommend this product1 of 1reviewsRead All Reviews (1)100%of customersrecommend this product1 of 1reviewsRating Breakdown 1 review5.0 out of 5.0 5(1)4(0)3(0)2(0)1(0)Appearance 5.0 out of 5.0 Quality 5.0 out of 5.0 Value 5.0 out of 5.0 Ease of installation 5.0 out of 5.0 Write a Review Filter Reviews by: Rating, Profile, Gender, Age(1) Filter Reviews by: Rating, Profile, Gender, Age(1) and Star Rating 5 Stars(1)or 4 Stars(0)or 3 Stars(0)or 2 Stars(0)or 1 Star(0)orMoreFewer and Home Improvement Profile DIYer(1)or Professional(0)or Other(0)orMoreFewer and Gender Male(0)or Female(1)orMoreFewer and Age Range 17 or under(0)or 18 to 24(0)or 25 to 34(0)or 35 to 44(0)or 45 to 54(1)or 55 to 64(0)or 65 or over(0)orMoreFewer Click on filters to refine your results. Product ReviewsWrite a Reviewezmereldaamy from Toledo, OH, USA Age Range:45 to 54, Gender:FemaleHome Improvement Profile:DIYer DIY exactly what I wanted!PostedDecember 18, 2012Overall rating 5.0 out of 5.0 Appearance 5.0 out of 5.0 Quality 5.0 out of 5.0 Value 5.0 out of 5.0 Ease of installation 5.0 out of 5.0 Verified Purchase Recommended Product Perfect! Our landscaping lights are gorgeous for Christmas in blue! Pros: Easy to Assemble, Looks Great0points 0out of 0found this review helpful. Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0http://homedepot.ugc.bazaarvoice.com/1999m/203404323/review/42461858/undohelpfulness.djs?format=embeddedhtmlandsessionparams=__BVSESSIONPARAMS__andreturn=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fp%2FMoo read more

Operation

Different outdoor lights operate with different power sources and various kinds of switches. Know how yours operate -- with a plug-in, an extension cord, a switch, or batteries.

Length or Size

Measure the area you want to cover -- either the length around a doorway or the spot in the yard for a silhouette -- before making any outdoor light purchase.

Holiday on sale
Vickerman

The LED lights use 85% less energy than a regular light providing brighter illumination for a greater impact. No glass cover or fi...lament to break means it is more durable and longer lasting. read more

25 LED C6 50 Light Strand, Single Mold, Multi, Green Wire
Vickerman

The DuraLit light strands are an advanced light strand with a microchip in each socket. This prevents the strand from going out ev...en if a bulb is broken, loose or missing. This is a present to yourself each Christmas. read more

46 Dura-Lit 100 Light Strand, Clear, White Wire
Vickerman

The LED is the latest in the Christmas light strands. It uses 85% less energy than a regular mini light providing brighter illumin...ation for a greater impact. No glass cover or filament to break means it is more durable and longer lasting. read more

34 LED Wide Angle 100 Light Strand, Red, White Wire
MrLight
$75.79 $95.99
at Casa

Mr. Light Solar 42 ft. Long, 100 LED Blue Multi-Function Stringlight W/ Green Wire No electricity needed to decorate with this set... of lights, just a sunny day to charge the solar panel and the 100 bright blue LEDs will glow all night. The multi function switch allows you to choose between eight different modes, including steady, flashing, chasing and more. Measuring 38 feet from first LED to last, the set is perfect for decorating porches, trees or bushes. A 6-foot lead wire is connected to a solar panel that swivels at the top to angle towards the sun. 1.3 -Watt solar panel and three AA rechargeable Ni-Mh batteries are included. A built in automatic photocell control turns lights on at dusk and off at dawn. Light string and solar panel meet IP 44 waterproof standards. Solar panel measures 6- x 4-1/2- x 1-1/4 es. read more

Mr. Light Solar 42 ft. Long, 100 LED Blue Multi-Function Stringlight W/ Green Wire
MrLight
$67.49 $95.99
at Casa

Mr. Light Solar 42 ft. Long, 100 LED Warm White Multi-Function Stringlight W/ Green Wire No electricity needed to decorate with th...is set of lights, just a sunny day to charge the solar panel and the 100 warm white LEDs will glow all night. The multi function switch allows you to choose between eight different modes, including steady, flashing, chasing and more. Measuring 38 feet from first LED to last, the set is perfect for decorating porches, trees or bushes. A 6-foot lead wire is connected to a solar panel that swivels at the top to angle towards the sun. 1.3 -Watt solar panel and three AA rechargeable Ni-Mh batteries are included. A built in automatic photocell control turns lights on at dusk and off at dawn. Light string and solar panel meet IP 44 waterproof standards. Solar panel measures 6- x 4-1/2- x 1-1/4 es. read more

Mr. Light Solar 42 ft. Long, 100 LED Warm White Multi-Function Stringlight W/ Green Wire
MrLight
$77.79 $101.00
at Casa

Mr. Light Solar 42 ft. Long, 100 LED Multicolor Multi-Function Stringlight W/ Green Wire The 42-foot solar LED multicolor multi-fu...nction string lights are uniquely powered x an integrated solar panel connected to the light string. Plant the stake in the ground where it will get full sun and the photo switch in the solar panel automatically turns itself on at night. Features 100 yellow, red, green and blue LED lights. Multi-function settings allow you to choose between 8 different modes, including flashing, chasing lights, and more. Uses 3 AA rechargeable NiMH batteries. read more

Mr. Light Solar 42 ft. Long, 100 LED Multicolor Multi-Function Stringlight W/ Green Wire
Zest Avenue
$29.99 $91.55
at Overstock.com

Decorate your home with this Lighted Witch to greet trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. Dressed in a purple cloak and holding a ...black cauldron, she watches guests as they arrive with her bat and black cat. 35 orange mini-lights Display stand is included for easy installation Type: Indoor Collapsible construction for easy storage Cord length: 40 inches No tools required Dimensions: 34 inches high x 25 inches wide x 6.5 inches deep Plugs into any standard outlet Imported read more

34-inch Lighted Wire Black Witch
Zest Avenue
$29.99 $68.45
at Overstock.com

This Lighted Wire Black-winged Monster will scare your guests as it looks on. The monster sits and awaits his next victim, seated ...but ready to fly off with any random guest. Includes: One 1 lighted monster Materials: Plastic Color: Black Lighted black wire monster with 70 mini-lights, enabling it to see victims at night Resembles a seated gargoyle with wings and claws Use indoor and outdoor for versatility Collapsible construction for easy storage Cord length is 40 inches to reach tough places Plugs into any standard outlet for convenience No tools required for easy assembly Dimensions: 24 inches high x 18 inches wide x 24 inches deep read more

Black-winged 24-inch Lighted Wire Monster
Zest Avenue
$39.99 $57.26
at Overstock.com

These Lighted Arched Wire Black Cats are the cats meow, though neither looks happy this Halloween. Both 2-foot cats in the set hav...e arched backs and are ready to pounce on any guest who crosses their path. Includes: Two 2 lighted cats Materials: Plastic Color: Black Use indoor and outdoor for versatility Collapsible construction for easy storage Cord length is 40 inches to reach tough places No tools required for easy assembly Display stand is included for easy installation Plugs into any standard outlet for convenience Dimensions: 24 inches high x 13.5 inches wide x 7.5 inches deep read more

Lighted 24-inch Arched Wire Black Cats (Set of 2)
Zest Avenue
$29.99 $53.71
at Overstock.com

Lend a haunting flare to your spooky theme with these pre-lit wire ravens. Each eerie raven is lit with orange lights and glowing ...eyes. Perched with beaks open, these frightful birds will add a spooky touch to your festive decor. Two 2 black wire ravens, each with orange 35 mini-lights, watch over your house Orange glowing eyes that look on as guests stop by Use indoor and outdoor for versatility Collapsible construction for easy storage Cord length is 40 inches to reach tough places No tools required for easy assembly Display stand is included for easy installation Plugs into any standard outlet for convenience Setting: Indoor/ outdoor Fixture finish: Plastic Number of lights: 35 Dimensions: 34 inches high x 25 inches wide x 6.5 inches deep read more

13-inch Lighted Wire Black Ravens (Set of 2)
View wishlist Set Sale Alert Continue shopping
View Sale Alerts Continue shopping