String lights have become very popular in the last few years due to the fact that they are easy to use, inexpensive to purchase, and are available in many different sizes and designs. Many homeowners have taken advantage of their popularity by adding lights to the front of their home to compliment its decor at night. But since there are so many different styles to choose from you might be confused as to what kinds are best for your home.

Here’s a short list of the most common types of patio string lights that you can easily find in your local stores:

  • Lantern/Globe string lights – These are string lights that have lanterns or globes that cover each bulb. They come in different sizes and colors and the best way to use them is to hang them from your porches eaves or your fence posts.
  • Novelty string lights – Novelty lights have various shapes and designs that cover each bulb. If you can think of it, you’re more than likely going to find it. They even have Coca cola can shaped and KISS novelty lights. A common way to use them is to lay them on your patios rails to add accent lighting.
  • Garden stake string lights – These are stakes that you place in your garden that have small lights attached to the top of them. Usually sold in sets of 10 to 60 stakes per string, they are great to use to line pathways to your home or marking the edges of your garden.
  • Net lights – Just like regular string lights, these have small bulbs attached to them. But instead of the lights being on one continuous string, they are on a net that you can place over objects such as bushes in your yard.

There are also many other types for you to choose from. A helpful idea is to take a picture of the front of your home and take it with you when your shopping for your lights. This will not only give you a better idea of what type of outdoor patio string lighting will best match the space in front of your home but it will also help you decide what kind will match your homes decor.