DIY Guide: Patio Lighting - The Christmas Light Emporium

DIY Guide: Patio Lighting

DIY Guide: Patio Lighting

How to Elevate Your Outdoor Space With Outdoor and Patio Lighting Using LED Christmas Light Strings and Bulbs

Elevate your outdoor space with patio lighting

Are you tired of your outdoor space feeling dull and uninviting? Do you want to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere for your guests? Look no further than outdoor and patio lighting! And what better way to achieve that than with LED Christmas light strings and bulbs? Here are some tips on how to elevate your outdoor space with outdoor and patio lighting using LED Christmas light strings and LED Christmas light bulbs.


1. Determine Your Lighting Needs

Before you start buying Christmas light strings and bulbs for your patio lighting, it's important to determine your lighting needs. Do you want to create a warm and cozy atmosphere or a bright and vibrant one? Do you need lighting for safety reasons or just for aesthetics? Once you have a clear idea of what you want or need, you can start planning your outdoor lighting design.

2. Choose the Right Type of Christmas Light Strings and Bulbs

There are many types of Christmas light strings and bulbs available. You can choose from traditional incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs, or even LED Christmas light strings. LED bulbs and strings are energy-efficient, long-lasting, and eco-friendly. Choose the type of lights that best suits your needs and budget.

3. Create a Lighting Plan

Once you have chosen the type of patio lights you want, it's time to create a lighting plan. Consider the areas of your outdoor space that need lighting, such as pathways, seating areas, or trees. Decide on the placement of the lights and the distance between them. A well-planned outdoor and patio lighting design can transform your space into a magical wonderland. 

Most Designers Prefer String Lights in Their Designs 

(images courtesy of neighbor. Check out their survey of how more than 100 patio designers determine the perfect patio design.)

4. Use Different Colors and Sizes of Bulbs
Whimsical Wireframe Displays for Patio Lighting

Don't be afraid to mix and match different colors and sizes of bulbs and strings to create a unique and eye-catching display. Use warm white bulbs for a cozy and inviting atmosphere, or multicolored bulbs for a festive and fun vibe. You can also use different sizes of bulbs to add depth and dimension to your patio lighting design. For a one-of-a-kind look, try out some of our unique light string colors or even a few whimsical wireframe designs.

5. Incorporate LED String Lights

Unique Colors of LED Christmas lights at The Christmas Light Emporium

LED string lights are a great way to add a touch of whimsy to your outdoor space. You can hang them from trees, wrap them around pillars or fences, or drape them over a pergola. LED string lights come in different shapes and sizes, from classic g12 globe lights (sometimes call raspberry lights) or C6 LED strings (sometimes called strawberry lights) or traditional 5mm LED wide angle (sometimes called polka dot lights) and M5 LED light strings that look a bit like a traditional Christmas mini light string. LED string lights can add a touch of elegance to your patio lighting design. 

6. Use Dimmer Switches

Dimmer switches are a great way to control the brightness of your patio lights and create different moods. You can dim the lights for a romantic dinner or brighten them up for a lively party. Dimmer switches also help save energy and extend the life of your bulbs. Note that not all LED light strings or bulbs are dimmable, but all of the standard (ie non twinkle, fade, strobe, etc) LED strings and bulbs that we carry at The Christmas Light Emporium are dimmable.

7. Consider Safety

When installing outdoor and patio lighting, safety should always be a top priority. Make sure to use outdoor-rated lights and extension cords that are designed for outdoor use. Keep the cords away from water sources and secure them to prevent tripping hazards. If you're not comfortable with electrical work, consider hiring a professional installer or electrician.
Add some twinkle to your outdoor and patio lighting

8. Add Some Twinkle

Twinkle lights are a fun and playful addition to any outdoor space. You can use them to highlight a specific area or create a starry night effect. Twinkle lights come in different colors and shapes, from classic warm white to colorful multicolor designs.

9. Use Timers

Timers are a convenient way to automate your outdoor and patio lighting. You can set them to turn on at dusk and turn off at dawn, or program them to turn on and off at specific times. Timers help save energy and ensure that your lights are always on when you need them.

10. Have Fun!

Most importantly, have fun with your outdoor and patio lighting! Experiment with different designs and colors, and don't be afraid to get creative. Outdoor and patio lighting can transform your outdoor space into a treasured and comfortable evening space, so enjoy the process and let your imagination run wild.


Outdoor and patio lighting is a great way to elevate your outdoor space and create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. By choosing the right type of Christmas light strings and bulbs, creating a lighting plan, and incorporating different colors and sizes of bulbs, you can transform your outdoor space into something special. Remember to prioritize safety, be creative, and most importantly, have fun!

Check out our complete line of LED Christmas lights and incandescent Christmas lights at The Christmas Light Emporium and explore the possibilities for adding some sparkle to your outdoor and patio lighting!

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