Outdoor string lights can make your outdoor landscape lighting come alive at night! It is not uncommon for string lights to be placed on deck railings and such; when they are placed in the landscaping itself as well as overhead in a gazebo or under patio covers or a covered deck, a surreal, almost magical transformation happens to your patio or garden area.
Outdoor String Lights and Your Imagination
String lights, sometimes also referred to as rope lights, have been around for a long time and most people in the past have reserved them for use at Christmas. Who doesn’t love a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, after all? But recently many people have realized that the patios, decks and gardens they love to decorate with patio furniture covers, plants and fountains can look spectacular at night, as well. All it takes is some outdoor string lighting, some imagination, and someplace to plug in the lights.
Many patios and decks have landscape plantings around them, and outdoor lighting placed strategically on the ground in the form of spot lighting. This can create a nice look at night, but it doesn’t make the area really “sparkle”. Just the simple step of placing outdoor string lights in the landscape plantings will turn the area into a sparkling, magical area at night. Most people opt for white string lighting, which stands out in the dark very well.
Overhead String Lights Make it Special
If you are lucky enough to have a gazebo in your patio design, rope lights look wonderful when they are strung up inside the roof of the gazebo, and along the railings, as well. This will highlight the gazebo, making it a focal point at night. If you have a swimming pool, outdoor string lights placed on the fencing surrounding the pool is very stunning and beautiful. Make sure you have the lights securely fastened to the fencing so it can’t hang down onto the pool deck or end up where it might get wet. Rope lights that are covered with a layer of plastic tubing might be a better choice for this type of application because the tubing around the lights will protect them from accidental splashing from the pool.
Outdoor string lights should only be plugged into a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) electrical outlet in the U.S. or a RCBO (residential current breaker with overload) outlet in Europe. Use common sense when it comes to outdoor string lighting – make sure they are labeled for use outdoors, and do not place them near a source of water. If you have a covered patio or deck, unplug the string lights when it rains even if the lights are not exposed to the rain; always err on the side of safety when it comes to electricity!
Many great new types of outdoor string lights are now on the market. You don’t have to restrict yourself to just mini led lights, although a patio, deck, wrought iron railings, or garden decorated with just those will be gorgeous. If you use your imagination and place lighting overhead, and in landscape plantings, you will create a stunning, magical place for yourself, your family and friends to retreat to in the evening.
Enjoy your new outdoor string lights!