Get illuminated with the best fairy lights for your home

We love fairy lights; they are a cheap and cheerful way to add some twinkly flair to your home decor or your garden set-up. From simple strings that can be placed pretty much anywhere, to more complex designs that are uniquely tailored for windows or walls, you have plenty of options available to illuminate your home with pretty lights.

Twinkle twinkle

Staff Pick

Koopower 10-Metre Battery-Operated Waterproof Lights

Waterproof to IP65 level, this child-friendly string of 100 “warm white” LEDs is battery-operated by three AA cells and can shine steadily or flash.

£10 at Amazon

Flash dance

Corst 2-Metre Music-Activated Waterproof Window Curtain Lights

You can put these waterproof, battery-powered LED lights into “Music Mode” in which they react to sounds, flashing in time with the beat.

£13 at Amazon

Flower power

Floristlighting 2-Metre Battery-Operated LED Garland Lights

Pretty in pink, this floral-themed, two-metre string of lights is bendable so you can twist it around mirrors, frames, railings and the like.

£11 at Amazon

World class

Fansir 5-Metre Battery-Operated Globe Fairy Lights

This string brings 50 mini LED globe-shaped bulbs in a delicate frosted white finish. It measures five metres long and is battery powered.

£7 at Amazon

Inside job

Lights4Fun 8-Metre Indoor Fairy Lights

These indoor lights are mains-powered, so an option for anyone who wants to create a permanent fairy light display. There are 100 LEDs on an eight-metre string.

£10 at Amazon

Curtain call

Lighting Ever 3×3-Metre USB- or Battery-Powered Curtain Lights

You get to choose from seven different flashing modes with a six- or eight-hour timer setting with these lights, all controlled via the bundled remote.

£17 at Amazon

Rainbow bright

TechRise 10-Metre Multi-Colour LED String Lights

Very bright, pretty colours and an affordable price make these perfect for a child’s bedroom. The bendable copper wire is easy to twist into position.

£6 at Amazon

Cherry pick

Lighting Ever 10-Metre Mains-Powered LED Festoon Lights

With cute cherry-size bulbs which emit a gentle glow, this mains-powered 10-metre string is a subtle way to add some fairy light magic to your home.

£15 at Amazon

Garden glow

Lighting Ever 10-Metre Multi-Coloured Mains-Powered Outdoor Fairy Lights

Water-resistant with an IP44 rating, this mains-powered set is ideal for anyone looking to add some multi-coloured magic to an outside space.

£15 at Amazon

Stellar

Sunnest 5-Metre Star-Shaped String Lights

These battery-powered star-shaped lights are perfect for decorative uses, such as in vases, twisted around plants, or used in festive garlands.

£9 at Amazon

Ivy league

Omika 2-Metre Battery-Powered Green Leaf Garland String Lights

Another foliage-themed option, these leaf lights are perfect for adding a green glow to areas in your home that could do with some extra sparkle.

£8 at Amazon

String bling

Fansir 22-Metre USB-Powered LED String Lights

Finally, we’ve gone large with our last pick. This string measures no less than 22 metres long and gives you a whopping 200 LEDs to play around with.

£11 at Amazon

Light up your senses

Your primary considerations when choosing which fairy lights are right is where you’re going to be hanging the lights — indoor or out — and how you want to power them, with mains, battery and even USB powered, like the Lighting Ever Curtain Lights option, available.

Another factor to think about is whether you want to be able to have the lights flash in different patterns and cycles, or even in the case of the Corst Curtain Lights, change to the beat of your music.

If you’re just looking for some standard white LEDs, you can’t go wrong with Koopower’s 10-metre string, our overall pick offers warm white illumination at a reasonable price.

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