These are the best patio lights ever made. When it comes to lighting up your patio for ambience, parties, security or just for relaxing outside there are several different types of patio lights to choose from.
String lights set a fun and festive mood, while outdoor light fixtures add to the character of your home. Scroll down for reviews on the best patio lights for the money whether you are looking for contemporary, rustic, industrial or elegant designs.
Outdoor Commercial String Lighting
This Table in a Bag SL5015 Outdoor Commercial String Lighting, 48-Feet, 15 Lights is absolutely gorgeous. With a full 48 feet of string lights these outdoor patio lights provide the perfect golden glow for your patio and yard.
They are well built, durable and completely weather proof so you can leave them up year round, even in harsh winter conditions. They are surprisingly bright and perfect for outdoor entertaining.
Downward-Facing Aluminum Outdoor Light Fixture
This Hardware House 544114 Downward-Facing 14-by-6-Inch Aluminum Outdoor Light Fixture is my favorite patio light. It is a rustic bronze color, which adds charm and character. It has seedy glass, which makes it look weathered and aged, like an antique.
It looks like it costs a lot of money, which is great because it is actually quite inexpensive. It is all metal, which is much better than the cheap plastic patio lights most stores try to sell you for the same price. Overall, this outdoor patio light is well worth the money.
Starry Lights LED String Light
This Starry Lights – Warm White Color on Copper Wire – 20ft LED String Light – Includes Power Adapter – 2nd Generatin with 120 Individual LED’s is similar to Christmas lights, but so much better. Since they only use 3.6 Watts of power, you can keep them lit up every night without using much of any electricity.
If you want to replicate the look of a magical starry night, these are the best string lights ever. The LED bulbs last a good 20 years so you only need to buy them once and you’ll have a nice warm glow on your porch for a very long time.
Heath Zenith Charleston Coach Decorative Lantern
This Heath Zenith SL-4150-AB 150-Degree Motion-Activated Charleston Coach Decorative Lantern is the best patio security light you can buy. As soon as it senses someone approaching it will automatically turn on. It isn’t complicated, in fact you can install it all by yourself in 10-15 minutes.
You can customize the sensitivity and set the timer right on the light fixture itself. It comes in a variety of different colors and finishes including antique brass, white and silver. This patio light not only looks great, it helps keep your home safer as well.
Outdoor Weatherproof Industrial Light Fixture
This Designers Edge L1707 Outdoor Weatherproof Industrial Wall Mount Light Fixture with Metal Cage Bulb Protector, 150-Watt is durable, heavy-duty and extra tough. Your light bulb is completely protected behind the metal cage and tempered glass. If you are looking for a minimalistic, retro, affordable patio light… this is an awesome buy.
European Café Commercial String Lighting
This Table In A Bag SL3507BLK European Café Commercial String Lighting with Galvanized Shades, 35-Feet, 7 Lights is perfect for your outdoor backyard bistro. Put these string lights up, sit on your porch, enjoy some coffee and imagine you are in Paris.
These patio lights are weatherproof so you don’t have to worry about them during rain storms or bad weather. You can even spray paint them to match your decor. If you like European charm, you’ll love these.
Motion-Sensing 4-Sided New-England-Style Lantern
This Heath/Zenith SL-4144-NB Motion-Sensing 4-Sided New-England-Style Lantern, Brushed Nickel is a different style security light for your patio. This one is more traditional and actually looks like a hanging lantern similar to the ones used in the 1800s and earlier.
The finish looks weathered and antique, yet is weather-resistant to keep it in excellent condition no matter the climate. In fact, it even comes with a 5 year warranty. It operates from dusk to dawn and you can set it to stay on for 1 up to 10 minutes when activated by motion. Now your patio will lit up as soon as you walk onto it.
Originally posted 2013-08-01 07:48:08. Updated and Republished.