Updated September 26, 2019 by Karen Bennett

The 10 Best Solar String Lights

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This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in February of 2018. If you want to add some ambiance to a nighttime backyard party with a festive string of lights, these solar-powered options are a safe, low-maintenance alternative to standard plug-in ones. They’re inexpensive to buy and cost nothing to run, since they soak up the Sun’s energy all day in order to shine brightly after dark. You’re sure to find a set here that goes well with your outdoor decor. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best solar string light on Amazon.

10. DecorNova Multi Color

9. Lalapao Outdoor

8. Lalapao Waterproof

7. Dephen Moroccan

6. Semintech Honey Bees

5. Minger Blossom

4. Ankway Fairy

3. Tofu Waterproof

2. Lemontec Fairy

1. Brightech Ambience Pro

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West Elm Metallic Silver String Inspired by the iconic fixtures in bazaars of Morocco, these 10 punched-metal lanterns give off soft white light and feature intricate details. They're sure to add a warm glow to your deck, balcony, patio, or garden. The solar panel comes with a planting stake for easy installation. westelm.com

Pier 1 Imports 10-foot Glimmer String This strand is made up of tiny LEDS that are each about the size of a grain of rice, placed along bendable, threadlike silver filament. The result is a whimsical firefly-like effect. They can be shaped with ease through wreaths, as well as around baskets, railings, and trees. With the compatible remote control (sold separately), you can turn them on or off with a simple touch. They’re also equipped with a built-in timer that provides automatic shutoff. pier1.com

Editor's Notes

September 23, 2019:

Solar string lights are a simple way to add some festive ambience to your backyard after dark. They come in an array of fun designs, shapes, and colors, and high-quality sets are resistant to water and corrosion, making them about as low-maintenance as it gets. Like solar tiki torches and solar spotlights, they’ll add significantly to your outdoor decor without costing a penny to run.

The Tofu Waterproof join our selection as a whimsical, yet practical, choice that are made of durable plastic tubes, each housing a string of warm white LEDs. They’re easy to control using a dedicated on-off button and another button to change the mode between flashing and constant illumination. Also coming on board -- to replace the now-unavailable Qedertek Blossom -- is the Minger Blossom, which is a string of 30 delicate, colorful flowers that can be run in eight modes, including waveform, sequence, slow speed, and more. Also making an exit today, due to unavailability, are the Oak Leaf glass jar lights.


Karen Bennett
Last updated on September 26, 2019 by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s.degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.


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