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If you’re looking to add some extra charm and ambiance to your outdoor space, outdoor fairy lights are a great option to consider. With their connection to celebratory times such as Christmas and parties, they can transform any backyard, patio, or garden into a magical place that you’ll love spending time in. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, relaxing on a warm summer evening, or you want decorative lights that you can use all year round, outdoor fairy lights can provide the perfect backdrop for any occasion. In this post, we’ll explore the different types of outdoor fairy lights, how to install and control them, and some tips for creating a beautiful and inviting outdoor space.
What are outdoor fairy lights?
Outdoor fairy lights are decorative lights used to illuminate outdoor spaces such as gardens, patios, or balconies. These tiny lights are also available in various shapes such as bulbs, stars, and flowers, and are strung together on a wire. They emit a soft, warm glow that creates a magical and enchanting ambiance, which makes them a popular choice for outdoor events and gatherings, such as weddings, parties, or holiday celebrations. They can be powered by electricity or solar energy and are available in different lengths and different bulb colours, so you can create the perfect atmosphere.
What are the different types of outdoor fairy lights?
There are several different types of outdoor fairy lights available in the market. Some of the most popular types of outdoor fairy lights in our range include:
- String lights are the most common type of outdoor fairy lights. They consist of a string of small bulbs connected by a wire, which can be hung on trees, wrapped around pillars, or strung along fences to create a warm and cosy atmosphere.
- Net Lights: Net lights are a great option for covering large areas quickly and easily. They consist of a net of small bulbs that can be draped over bushes or used as a backdrop for outdoor events.
- Curtain Lights: Curtain lights are a unique type of fairy lights that are perfect for creating a backdrop for outdoor events. They consist of a curtain of LED bulbs that can be hung from a doorframe or a wall.
- Rope Lights: Rope lights are a versatile option that can be used to outline pathways, stairs, or other outdoor features. They consist of a long tube of LED lights encased in a plastic cover, which can be bent into different shapes.
- Icicle Lights: Icicle lights are a popular option for decorating outdoor spaces during the holiday season. They consist of a string of small bulbs that hang down like icicles from a wire, creating a winter wonderland effect.
- Globe Lights: Globe lights are a trendy option for outdoor fairy lights, as they provide a more modern look. They consist of round, globe-shaped bulbs that can be hung from a string or wire.
What colours are outdoor fairy lights available in?
Outdoor fairy lights are available in a variety of colours, including:
- RGB (Red, Blue, Green): These lights can be set to display any colour by combining the red, blue, and green lights in different ways.
- RGBW (Red, Blue, Green, White): These lights include an additional white LED that can be used to create more nuanced colours and brighter whites.
- Warm White: These lights have a warmer hue that creates a cosy and inviting ambiance.
- Cool White: These lights have a bluish tint that creates a brighter and more modern ambiance.
- Monotone: Monotone fairy lights have a single colour, such as red, blue, or green.
- Pastel Shades: These lights are available in softer, more muted colours, such as pink, lavender, or light blue.
When choosing the colour of your outdoor fairy lights, consider the overall style and theme of your outdoor space, as well as the mood and atmosphere you want to create. You may also want to consider the type of event or occasion that you will be using the lights for, as certain colours may be more appropriate for different types of events – RGB lights tend to be used at Christmas, while pastel shades are pretty for year-round use.
How do you install outdoor fairy lights?
Installing outdoor fairy lights is generally very easy, and most people will be able to do it without assistance. A few steps to follow:
- Choose the type of lights: There are different ways of powering outdoor fairy lights, including solar power lights, battery operated lights, and plug in lights. The best type for your space will depend on whether you have access to mains power, and whether you want to prevent adding to your electricity bill or not.
- Plan the layout: Determine where you want to hang the lights and how you want to string them. Measure the distance and the number of lights you’re likely to need.
- Prep the area: Make sure the area where you want to hang the lights is clean and dry.
- Hang the lights: There are different ways to hang outdoor fairy lights. You can use hooks, nails, or clips to secure them to the wall, fence, or other surfaces, depending on how permanent you want to make the installation. Make sure the lights are evenly spaced, and securely fastened so that they won’t become loose or get damaged in windy weather.
- Connect the lights: Depending on the type of lights you have, you may need to connect them to a power source, such as an outdoor plug socket. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure proper installation.
- Test the lights: Once you have installed the lights, test them to make sure they work properly. Make any necessary adjustments to the layout or wiring as needed.
- Enjoy: Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ambiance of your new outdoor fairy lights!
Remember to always exercise caution when working with electrical equipment and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific type of lights. Never connect them to an extension cord that is plugged in indoors.
Are outdoor fairy lights weather-resistant?
Many outdoor fairy lights are designed to withstand various weather conditions, including rain and wind. However, the level of weather resistance can vary depending on the specific product and its quality. Some outdoor fairy lights may be rated as waterproof, and can be submerged in water, while others may only be water-resistant, to withstand light rain or splashes.
Not all fairy lights are suitable for outdoor use, so always check the manufacturer’s specifications before purchasing, to ensure that they are suitable for the intended outdoor use and weather conditions.
Can’t I just use my indoor fairy lights outdoors?
No, definitely not. It is not recommended to use indoor fairy lights outdoors because they are not designed to withstand the weather conditions outside. Outdoor fairy lights are specifically made with weather-resistant materials, such as durable plastic or rubber, and are rated for outdoor use, meaning they are waterproof, UV-resistant, and able to withstand extreme temperatures. Using indoor fairy lights outdoors can result in a safety hazard, as they are not waterproof and can cause electrical problems if exposed to moisture. Additionally, indoor fairy lights may not have a long enough cord or may not be bright enough to be seen outside, so it’s best to have dedicated outdoor fairy lights.
Can outdoor fairy lights be used indoors?
Some outdoor fairy lights can be used indoors. Fairy lights are really popular for use in many indoor spaces, such as bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms, especially when a magical atmosphere is desired. If you’re considering outdoor fairy lights for indoor use, make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that they are safe for indoor use. Some outdoor fairy lights may not be designed for indoor use, and using them indoors simply doesn’t work – such as in the case of solar powered fairy lights.
How long do outdoor fairy lights last?
The lifespan of outdoor fairy lights can vary depending on several factors such as the quality of the product, frequency of use, and the environmental conditions. However, most fairy lights suitable for use outdoors now have LED bulbs, which have a longer lifespan compared to traditional incandescent fairy lights.
On average, LED fairy lights can last between 25,000 and 50,000 hours, which translates to approximately 3-6 years of continuous use – and potentially much longer than that if you switch them off between uses. This means that with proper care and maintenance, LED fairy lights can last a really long time before they need replacing. To ensure that your LED fairy lights last longer, it is recommended to use them according to the manufacturer’s instructions, store them properly when not in use, and protect them from harsh weather conditions.
Can you connect multiple sets of outdoor fairy lights together?
You may be able to connect multiple sets of outdoor fairy lights together. However, it’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions before doing so, as some types of lights may have restrictions on how many sets can be connected. In general, low voltage and Easyfit fairy lights are more suitable for connecting multiple sets together as they have lower power requirements and are easier to install with multiple lights on the same circuit.
If you need a lot of fairy lights, then using multiple strings of solar powered fairy lights may be a good option as they eliminate the need for connection altogether. Always be sure to follow proper safety precautions when working with electrical equipment.
What kind of power source do outdoor fairy lights require?
Outdoor fairy lights can be powered by different sources, including low voltage mains power, battery power, and solar power. A quick overview of each of these options:
- Low Voltage Mains Powered (Easyfit): These outdoor fairy lights are designed to be connected to a low voltage power supply, usually 12 or 24 volts. They are easy to install and come with a transformer that plugs into a standard outdoor power outlet. The low voltage ensures safety, and they are suitable for permanent installations. Easyfit styles are designed to make installation as easy as possible with simple plug-and-play connectors.
- Battery Operated: Battery-powered fairy lights are ideal for temporary outdoor installations where access to mains power is limited. They typically run on standard AA or AAA batteries and can last for plenty of hours before needing the batteries recharged or replaced. They are a great option for events, parties, or camping trips, where you want to add a little brightness and atmosphere, without the need for power outlets.
- Solar Powered: Solar-powered outdoor fairy lights have become increasingly popular over the years, as they are an eco-friendly and cost-effective option. These lights feature a small solar panel that collects energy from the sun during the day and stores it in a rechargeable battery. At dusk, the lights turn on automatically, using the stored energy. Solar-powered lights can last for up to 8-10 hours on a single charge, making them ideal for outdoor lighting.
What safety precautions are necessary for using outdoor fairy lights?
When using outdoor fairy lights, there are several safety precautions that you should take to prevent accidents and ensure that your lights operate properly. Here are some essential safety tips to follow:
- Choose lights rated for outdoor use: When purchasing fairy lights, make sure to check that they are rated for outdoor use. Indoor lights are not designed to withstand the elements, and could pose a risk of electric shock or fire if used outside.
- Keep lights away from water: Unless it is specifically noted as safe to do so, do not use outdoor fairy lights in water or in areas where they may be exposed to water.
- Use outdoor-rated extension cords: Make sure that any extension cords used to power your outdoor lights are rated for outdoor use. The cords should be rated for the same voltage as the lights, and be of adequate length to reach your power source.
- Don’t overload sockets: Be mindful of the number of lights you plug into a single outlet. Even though LED bulbs don’t need a lot of power, overloading outlets can lead to overheating and increase the risk of fire.
- Check for damage before use: Before plugging in your outdoor fairy lights, inspect them for any signs of damage, such as frayed wires, broken bulbs, or damaged sockets. If you find any damage, replace the lights.
- Use appropriate clips or hooks: When hanging outdoor fairy lights, use clips or hooks designed for outdoor use. These should be suitable for the weight of the lights and be able to withstand the elements.
- Turn off lights when not in use: To conserve energy and extend the life of the bulbs, turn off your outdoor fairy lights when you are not using them.
By following these safety precautions, you can enjoy your outdoor fairy lights while keeping your family and home safe.
Our final thoughts
Outdoor fairy lights are a fantastic way to add some magic and charm to your outdoor space. With a variety of styles, colours, and control options to choose from, you can create a unique and customized lighting display that enhances the overall ambiance of your outdoor space. When purchasing outdoor fairy lights, be sure to consider factors such as power source, control options, and safety precautions. And with Lighting Direct’s Change Your Mind Guarantee, you can shop with confidence knowing that you can request a return or exchange within 30 days of delivery of the item. So why wait? Browse our range of outdoor fairy lights today and create a beautiful and inviting outdoor space that you’ll love to spend time in.