Best festoon lights: 5 picks to make your garden sparkle

Festoon lights are such a quick and easy way to bring a laid back vibe to your garden, so here are our best picks for all budgets

Lights4fun festoon lights
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We all love the look of festoon lights as they instantly create a chilled atmosphere in your garden. String them up in trees, over patios or around doorways to add a subtle glow to your outdoor space. They're also great for creating that boho feel that’s been so popular for the last few summers – combine with an outdoor sofa and a rug and you have a whole new look!

We have rounded up five of the best festoon lights out there, with options to suit all all budgets and gardens big or small. Then check out our other garden lighting buys for even more brilliant ways to illuminate your space. 

Lights4fun festoon lights

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1. Lights4fun 5m 20 Warm White LED Connectable Festoon Lights

The best overall festoon lights for any sized garden and for any style

Specifications
Energy source: Plug
Length: 5m - 40m
Number of lights: 20 - 160 LEDs
Reasons to buy
+Eight lighting effects to choose from +Personalise the colours of the wire and bulbs+Great for large gardens or events 
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive but they are very long lasting 

Our top pick of the best festoon lights come from Lights4fun. We love these lights because they give you so many options. You can pick the length you want, ranging from 5m to a massive 40m, choose the colour of the bulb and the colour of the wire. If you have a large garden or are buying for an event such as a garden party, these are by far the best choice. They also have eight light effects that you can match to the vibe of your garden. 

Buy the Lights4fun 5m 20 Warm White LED Connectable Festoon Lights

Garden Trading Festoon Lights

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2. Garden Trading Festoon Lights

Gorgeous traditional festoon lights that are great quality and long lasting

Specifications
Energy source: Plug
Length: 12.5 metres
Number of lights: 10/20 LEDs
Reasons to buy
+Clusters of lights in each bulb give a nice glow+Classic design +Well made and long lasting 
Reasons to avoid
-Not the cheapest of our picks 

These Garden Trading offerings make it into our list of the best festoon lights because they are classic as festoon lights come. A thick black wire and big round bulbs are iconic, and we love the almost clunky (in a good way) look of them. Each of the 20 bulbs is actually filled with clusters of five tiny LED lights on a copper wire so you don’t get that direct bright light you can find with some festoon lights, this design creates more of an overall glow. 

Buy the Garden Trading Festoon Lights

Dunelm festoon lights

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3. Dunelm Festoon Lights

The best festoon lights if you're buying on a budget

Specifications
Energy source: Plug
Length: 9.5m
Number of lights: 20 LEDs
Reasons to buy
+Great price+Produce a lovely warm glow+Quick delivery 
Reasons to avoid
-The plastic opaque bulbs do look quite inexpensive (but lovely when turned on)

If you're after some bargain festoon lights, this set from Dunelm is one of the cheapest we could find. The overall look once strung up is still lovely, you just don’t get the classic look of the clear bulbs – but for 20 quid we think they are great! You can also click and collect on the very same day so these lovely lights could be up in your garden by this evening. 

Buy the Dunelm Festoon Lights 

Argos festoon lights

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4. Argos Home Solar 20 Festoon Warm White Lights

The best festoon lights that are solar powered

Specifications
Energy source: Solar powered
Length: 6m
Number of lights: 20
Reasons to buy
+Solar powered so no need to be near a socket +Fab price 
Reasons to avoid
-On cloudy days they won’t be the brightest

If you are after solar powered festoon lights so you aren’t relying on a plug, this set from Argos would be perfect. If you need more than 20 bulbs, you could buy multiple sets and simply string them together.  They are a great price and available for click and collect on the same day. They give off a lovely warm light and look just as stylish in the daylight too – they definitely look like they cost more than just £20!

Buy the Argos Home Solar 20 Festoon Warm White Lights

Amazon festoon lights

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5. Festive Lights ConnectPro Outdoor Festoons

The best festoon lights for a beach vibe

Specifications
Energy source: Plug
Length: 5 - 50m
Number of lights: 10 - 100
Reasons to buy
+Stylish white cable+Two year warranty +Plenty of lengths to choose from 
Reasons to avoid
-Bulbs are not replaceable 

If you prefer more of a beach vibe in your garden, a white cable could be a better option. This set from Amazon is really hard wearing thanks to the rubber cable, which is more malleable than the PVC cables you get and therefore less likely to snap when you wrap it around trees or furniture. The lights come with a two-year warranty, so you can replace them if anything goes wrong. Plus, if you have a larger garden you can combine these sets to create up to 800m of fairy lights!

Buy the Festive Lights ConnectPro Outdoor Festoons

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