Best outdoor fairy lights: 5 sparkly buys for your garden

Christmas or not, you need the best outdoor fairy lights to brighten up the outside of your home and your garden – and our top pick is sure to please

Light4fun outdoor fairy lights
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Looking for the best outdoor fairy lights to brighten up your garden, porch or around the front door during the festive season – or perhaps even all year around? We've been on a mission to find the very best buys, and these are our favourite picks. They include rainfall lights, string lights and even curtain fairy lights so that you can really go to town on lighting up your home at night. 

Before you buy, have a think about how the outdoor fairy lights you like are powered. If there's no mains or USB source nearby, look for battery- or solar-powered lights – but consider whether the sunlight will reach the solar-panel easily or whether the battery pack will be protected from the elements and easy to reach when you want to change batteries?

Where outdoor fairy lights will be strung up will affact cable length if you are going for mains-powered lights – will yours be long enough to reach a socket without an extension lead?  Finally, think bulb colour: do you want a cool, white glow, a warmer, yellower light or multi-coloured?

Keep scrolling for the best outdoor fairy lights; for fairy light design ideas (for inside and out), don't miss our festive guide. For garden lighting ideas, our design gallery is the place to start.

Garden Trading festoon lights

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1. Garden Trading Festoon Lights

The best outdoor festoon fairy lights for an industrial vibe

Specifications
Energy source: Plug
Remote control: no
Length: 12.5 metres
Number of lights: 20 LEDs
Reasons to buy
+Festoon lights are super stylish+Lovely warm glow+Plenty of length between plug and bulbs 
Reasons to avoid
-You'll have to have an outdoor plug socket

Festoon lights look gorgeous no matter what the time of year – we love them to add a festive glow to a doorway at Christmas but they are also perfect to string up above an outdoor dining table to enjoy in the summer. 

These Garden Trading ones are also classic as festoon lights come – the thick black wire and iconic shaped bulbs will give a relaxed, festival vibe to any garden. They come in two lengths – 10 bulbs and 20 bulbs, so you can pick between depending on where you want to use them. We love how simple they are to sting up too, because above each bulb is a hole so they can easily be hung off poles or branches. 

The light they give is so warm and glowing because each bulb contains a cluster of five tiny LED lights on a copper wire so you don't get that harsh light of a single bulb.

Lights4fun fairy lights

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2. Lights4fun Warm White LED Connectable Fairy Lights

The best warm white fairy lights for a soft glow

Specifications
Energy source: Plug
Remote control: yes
Length: 10 - 100 metres available
Number of lights: 100 LEDs
Reasons to buy
+Plenty of individual lights+Amazing quality +Loads of length options 
Reasons to avoid
-Need an outdoor plug

If you, like us, are constantly on the hunt for the perfect warm white fairy lights, you can stop looking, we've done it, we've found them. These Light4fun fairy lights give off the most gorgeous warm glow and the cram on so many bulbs that over all look is just stunning.

We have long sung the praises of Lights4fun, their products are great quality and they have so many different price points too. These lights start at just £25 for 10m and go up to 100m(!). You can also pick different colours if you are after something other than warm white and choose between a clear cable or a green one. 

Curtain fairy lights for outdoor use

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3. Fenvella Fairy Curtain Lights

The best outdoor fairy curtain lights for a dramatic look

Specifications
Energy source: USB port
Remote control: Yes
Length: 3 metres
Number of lights: 30 LEDs
Reasons to buy
+Works in environments -30ºC to 40ºC+Wireless remote control with Radio Frequency technology+50,000 hours life span+Eight different modes+Timer
Reasons to avoid
-Shorter than other models we like

Want your home to look like Harrods at Christmas time? These Fenvella fairy curtain lights tick every box.  

Waterproof and able to withstand extreme temperatures ranging 70ºC, they are perfect for outdoor use. Powered by a USB plug, they're compatible with USB ports, power banks, even your laptop. The lights can be controlled by remote control from up to 10m away. 

These are super pretty and extravagant whilst also giving off a soft, warm light. They have eight different modes and a timer, so you can change how they look from evening to evening (or hour to hour if that takes your fancy). The timer function means the lights will stay on for six hours and go off for 18 hours, and then restart automatically. The bulbs have a 50,000 hour lifespan.

They offer you a warm and inviting shine, help to create a nice ambiance atmosphere. The vertical end of the curtain can even be cut to length. Clever!

string fairy lights warm

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4. Koopower Battery Operated Waterproof Fairy Lights

The best outdoor string lights

Specifications
Energy source: Battery operated
Remote control: No
Length: 10 metres
Number of lights: 100
Reasons to buy
+Waterproof +Flexible+Eco-friendly LEDs+Clear string means they're easily blendable
Reasons to avoid
-They don't come with batteries-The battery pack needs to be placed in a plastic bag when used outdoors

When you think of fairy lights, you think of petite, twinkling bulbs glittering like little stars – and this is what you get from the Koopower Waterproof Fairy Lights

The clear, plastic string is flexible which means that this design is super easy to bend and blend into a scene and has a subtle charm. The adjustable brightness feature adds to this effect and ensures a cosy ambiance with the warm lighting tone. 

Also, of course they're waterproof so these are well worth consideration for outdoors. Drape, hang or wrap them wherever you fancy, inside or out. 

There are 100 warm LEDs. The battery box (note: although the lights are waterproof, you will have to put the battery pack in a plastic bag if this is to sit outside to protect it from water) has three modes: steady, flash and off. 

snowflake fairy lights

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5. Dee Banna Christmas Snowflake String Lights

The best outdoor Christmas fairy lights

Specifications
Energy source: 3 AA Batteries
Remote control: No
Length: 5 metres
Number of lights: 80
Reasons to buy
+cute, Christmassy design+clear string for blendable, versatile style
Reasons to avoid
-Battery box not waterproof - put in a plastic bag when outside -Batteries not included 

These Dee Banna Christmas Snowflake String Lights are not only great looking with their decorative snowflake design, they're also energy efficient: they have low power consumption and low heat paired with a bright light (although, we would note that they won't light up your entire garden on their own). 

There are 80 snowflake lights on each 5m string. The lights are operated by three AA batteries so can go anywhere. Again, the lights are waterproof, but the battery pack isn't, so will need protecting.