IMPORTANT NOTE: We've selected only those sets where the suppliers list an IP rating for outdoor use. Check out this link for more information about Ingress Protection standards.
Please be aware that suppliers may apply the ratings separately or in combination to the wire, the light or the battery box.
There is no injury risk to you from low-power batteries, but if you want to avoid weather damage, you need to decide on the level of protection you think best.
Arthur Conan Doyle did (I wonder what Sherlock would have made of it all?) - he really believed there were fairies at the bottom of the garden. Not his garden, but that of two clever little girls back in 1917.
Given the emerging horrors of the Great War maybe it's understandable that folks at that time wanted to believe in other-worldly things.
And sometimes it's so easy for some to deceive honest people who need to believe.
Perhaps that mischievous sprite, Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream, was right to say "Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
Maybe he's right but I'm not so sure - it's human to be foolish at times and that might not be a bad thing.
As the old song goes:
There are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
You cannot think how beautiful they are;
They all stand up and sing
When the fairy queen and king
Come gently floating down upon their car.
The king is very proud and handsome;
The queen, now can you guess who that would be?
She's a little girl all day
But at night she steals away.
Well, it's me!
Even in these modern, hard-bitten times, some people would like to believe, I'm sure. Whether they see the enchantment in either pixies or colored fairy lamps doesn't seem to matter too much I guess.
Imagine for a second that it were possible for you to travel back in time with a string of battery operated outdoor fairy lights. Would the folks back then see them for what they are or see them as something magical, thinking those twinkling colors were dancing nymphs?
A bewitching thought but we can never know.
To keep the enchantment going today, the following selection has been chosen for their real charm and modest cost.
They're cheerful, very portable and weather resistant to a degree - wouldn't use them in heavy rain or snow. They're safe to use - voltage is around 30v normally.
They can brighten any homely social gathering whether it's a BBQ, garden party, wedding or other family event - they're not just for Christmas you know! One happy camper uses them to decorate her tent on camping vacations!
Or just throw a few strings around your porch or garden on a quiet summer's evening and sit back and enjoy the ambiance they create. Crack open a bottle to improve the mood!
What does a few bucks matter when you can invent your own magic!
We opted for this striking item because it is not your usual straight run of LEDs. You can make your own unique light design. Shape the malleable silver-plated copper wires into any form that pleases you.
The Starburst has 120 lamps giving a brilliant display of concentrated color. A rainbow in the dark!
You set the mood for festivities or romance. There 10 levels of brightness and 8 operating modes to choose from and you can set your on/off times with the infra-red remote timer. The remote control box needs 4 x AA batteries and has a working range of around 10 meters.
For your safety, lights come with FCC and CE certification.The lamps, light string rate and battery holder are rated IP65. The manufacturers confidently offer a 1 year guarantee for this product.
Hang it anywhere - it has a built-in hook! And it not only looks like a firefly, it doesn't weigh much more!
Bright and cheerful, each set has 30 ball-lights that runs for over 17 feet. We feature the multi-colored set in this post. There are white and warm white options as well.
There are 8 modes including sequential, chasing, fade and others. So you can fix any light display you want - change it every day if you like!
You will need 3 x AA batteries to power the remote which has a 3-setting smart timer. The first is for a 6 hour cycle then off for the remaining 18 hours: the second is for 24 hour cycles: the third is for off mode.
Light, wires and battery box - all rated IP65. The makers recommend that the case isn't soaked.
How can you not choose something as joyful as these bright lights? There is a saying "Cheap and cheerful" - for sure, this set is that in the best sense of the phrase!
Or create a Halloween backdrop in your yard - remember, you can use more than one set.
There's a choice of 3 patterns - one operated by 3 x D batteries, another by 3 x AA and the last operated by 4 X AA batteries.
We feature the latter set which rates IP65. The makers do say give the battery case some extra protection in heavy rain.
It comes with 12 small & large stars and 138 lights. There are 8 controllable modes and the lights can be dimmed. The light color is warm white/white.
The wireless remote has an operating range of about 16 feet which is more than usual.
These starry lights have proved popular with users - so, Heavens to Murgatroyd, what are you waiting for - grab some for yourself!
Then this product is a must, I'd say. Our selection had to include the basic LED set and this choice is something special as most folks will agree.
For a very modest price you get 4 sets of 50 micro LEDs - that's 200 lamps in total in a mix of 4 colors - blue, green, red and yellow. Each group has a separate wireless control although you can manage all four sets with one remote if you wish. The control has a range of around 12 feet.
The sets operate with the usual 8 mode light patterns that you can dim and switch on/off with the hand control. Each set needs 3 x AA batteries but the remote is supplied complete with a 2032 flat battery.
The lights and wires are fully waterproofed to the appropriate IP rating. They can be used underwater if you want. However, the battery box is listed at IP44 and should not be immersed or exposed to heavy rain.
This product has received exceptionally high ratings from many satisfied users and there's little to wonder at that. Each set only costs about the price of a coffee.
It's not a lot to pay, is it, for such a wee but brilliant bit of holiday joy!
It's a great offer - you get a run of 100 globes fitted to a 34 feet long transparent cable.
The lamps are plastic and glow at a low temperate making them safe to touch. Good for the kids and pets. We've featured the white globes in this post but you can buy them in multi-color or warm white.
There are 8 light change sequences such as slo go, fade and flash - all controlled by a remote. The lights are dimmable and powered by 3 x AA batteries that you supply.
Rated to IP65 this set is waterproof but with the usual caution about immersing the battery box in water.
Come the holidays, you'll be glad you paid out a few dollars for such a handy set of festive lights.