Rope lights are some widely used, versatile, and recognized exterior decorative features during the festive seasons.
For anyone who doesn’t know what rope lights are, they’re very similar to more common ‘fairy lights’ or ‘Italian lights’ connected in series that you might put around a Christmas tree.
However, where rope lights differ from your standard fairy lights is that they’re also encased in a clear PVC or plastic covering, which serves to protect the lights from the effects of the weather, animals or whatever else nature might throw at them.
That’s what makes rope lights the ideal exterior decorative lighting because, not only can you get creative with them like you would with fairy lights (wrap them around posts, make nice shapes with them, spell out something nice like ‘Merry Christmas’) but if you get one of good quality, it will last a long time too and avoid the normal wear and tear that comes with fairy lights.
Now, whilst rope lights are great on their own, it can be a bit of a hassle getting a power source to them.
Some rope lights need to be plugged into a power source, whilst others require batteries that you will also need to change or recharge when the time comes.
But when push comes to shove, what we consider to be the best type of power source when it comes to rope lights is solar power and the reasons become very obvious when you think about it.
When it comes to a plugged-in power source, there are a lot of homes that do not have them in easily accessible places outdoors so you’re forced to do one of two things.
Either you have to be lucky enough to have a spot to put your lights that is close enough to this source, or you have to buy an extension cable and have to worry about long and winding power cables that supply your lights with the power they need – this can make setting up festive lights feel a lot more like a chore instead of the joyous moment that it’s supposed to be.
However, the upside is that once you set up rope lights with the power supply, then you don’t need to tend to them again until it comes time to take them down.
With battery-powered lights you have an almost unlimited versatility because you can put literally anywhere you want without having to compromise at all with the location of power points like you would have to do with your more typical alternating-current powered light set up.
However, the downside is that inevitably the batteries will run out of power, so the time will come that you have to leave the coziness of your home and change them once again (something that none of us want to do at the height of Christmas in deep winter).
These unavoidable compromises that arise with battery or mains powered rope lights is exactly the reason why we recommend the solar-powered versions instead.
With solar power rope lights, not only do you get to support renewable energy sources, which is an amazing and incredibly important thing to do in this day and age, but you also get the benefits from both battery and mains powered rope lights.
With the possibility of harnessing the sun’s energy, you have the flexibility to put your rope lights wherever you want, and you don’t have to worry about replacing any batteries any time soon since the solar panel directly charges the battery.
So without further adieu, here are the best 10 solar powered rope lights that you can get your hands on.
Why just buy one set of rope lights when you could buy two?
This product by Chinety comes as a double pack with two sets of rope lights for you to decorate your home with the sense of festivity that it deserves.
Not only does it come in three different light varieties (that being cool white, warm white and multi-color) from which you can choose before you buy.
Whether you’re looking for that fresh snow, Christmas feeling of cool white, the more cozy and welcoming hue of warm white, or the more vibrant and colorfulness of multi-color, there is an option here for almost any atmosphere.
Furthermore, each set is 100 lights, which is more than enough for festive decorating, and the high-quality copper wire measures at 33 feet long.
Whilst we obviously care about the lights the most, it’s also important to know that you’re absolutely covered for 12 months when you buy this product – Chinety offers a 12-month quality guarantee with free money back or replacements if you receive a defective product.
As we have discussed, the PVC covering will keep your lights 100% protected from the outside environment and you can be sure this product will meet those requirements as it comes with a IP65 Waterproof Benefit.
Finally, with these lights, there are 8 modes to choose from which make mixing up the day-to-day lighting situation easy for those that don’t want to see the same light sequence for weeks on end.
This product by IMAGE is a lot longer than the one by Chinety mentioned above so if you’re looking for a product that is a statement in and of itself, then this just might suit your style.
Just like the previous product, IMAGE also provides these lights in the three different colors, that being the typical cool white, warm white and multi-color options.
The IMAGE Rope lights are 78.7 feet long and hold a whopping 200 LEDs so you will be sure to make a statement in your festive decorating with these lights.
Like everything else in this list, these lights are solar-powered, however, what makes the solar-powered system on this product unique is that the battery can be detached along with the solar panel for charging away from the position of the rope lights (if the position of the solar panel isn’t getting good sunlight in the first place for example).
The battery is also a whopping 2400mAh, which means that your lights can stay brighter for longer with IMAGE itself quoting the battery life to last as long as 10 hours of continuous use – that’s some serious festive lighting.
Just like a lot of the rope lights listed here, IMAGE quotes this product as being waterproof in design so you should never have to fear the rain or snow when using this product.
Finally, these lights have 8 different lighting sequences so you can switch from steady lighting to a flashy lighting sequence as easily as pressing a button.
So regardless of your lighting preferences, there should be an option for you.
Pros & Benefits:
Battery powers 10 hours of continuous use
Detachable battery and solar panel for separate charging (optional)
Aluvee have quite the wide range of rope lights available to us on their Amazon website, so whether you want shorter or longer lengths of rope lights (but maybe not quite matching the colossal length of the IMAGE rope lights) they probably have something that will suit your needs.
Not only do Aluvee’s rope lights come in the standard variety of colors (warm white, cool white, and multi-color) they also have some quirky purple lights available to those who want their purchases to be a bit more off the wall than the standard selections.
What I always find most important when making online purchases is the return policy or guarantee that might be available to me should my purchase have any defects, and that is why I’m recommending Aluvee to you because they have an unconditional return and exchange policy which keeps you protected from any of the problems that might arise when making online purchases.
Furthermore, Aluvee are so confident in the quality of their waterproofing that they claim their lights to be completely safe to use underwater which is absolutely incredible if you’re interested in creating some cool lighting arrangements in your pool, hot tub, fountain – or in literally any other water feature you might be able to imagine.
However, I must warn users that the solar panel and battery of this product are NOT INCLUDED in the underwater waterproofing guarantee so please do not throw the entirety of this product in the pool.
You have to leave the solar panel and battery outside of the water feature (and ideally in an area open to a lot of sunlight) and the PVC covered lights can then be fed into the water feature.
Finally, in case you need some specific measurements, the 100 LED version is 33 feet long whilst the 150 LED version is 50 feet long.
Pros & Benefits:
Lights work underwater (not battery or solar panel)
Whilst the other selections we have had on this article have been at least twice the size of this product (Ruichen’s Rope Lights only measure at 16.5 feet long), Ruichen makes up for it with their large variety of colors available to order.
Not only does it have the traditional warm white, cool white, and multi-color options, but it also comes in blue, green, red, pink, and purple as well.
So if you’re looking for a color to match with your patio, garden (or something more specific) then maybe Ruichen has exactly what you’re looking for.
Even though these lights are shorter than the ones mentioned previously, they might be more appropriate for your needs because whilst the larger 33 feet or 78.7 feet rope lights are great for lighting large areas or creating large lighting displays, the more modest size of the Ruichen Rope lights can be ideal for the finer touches when it comes to decorating for the festive seasons.
For example, if you want to put some lights around your front door frame, then something like this 16-foot rope light will be the perfect size for that extra little feature.
Also, these lights come with a light sensor so they will automatically turn on when it gets dark enough which is handy because then you don’t have to worry about going outside into the cold this winter just to turn on your festive lighting.
Finally, for the wary online buyers amongst us, Ruichen offers a 12-month warranty AND a 30 days moneyback guarantee so if this product didn’t quite meet your expectations, or if there is something defective about the product, then you can get your money back no problem.
Pros & Benefits:
8 different colors to choose from
Light sensor (turns on automatically at night)
IP65 waterproof for rope light, IP44 waterproof for solar panel
Whilst this product by FUNAIO might not be the longest set of rope lights on the list, it most certainly would be the brightest with an incredible 240 LEDs connected to this 33 ft. long set of rope lights.
These rope lights have 50 more LEDs than the 78.7 ft. long rope lights by IMAGE and at half the length as well – so you will be sure that these rope lights will shine the brightest and if you’re at all competitive with your neighbors over the festive decorations like Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito in the 2006 classic film Deck the Halls, then these lights will surely give your Christmas decorations a much needed lumen boost.
Like many of the other rope lights on this list, the FUNAIO rope lights come in the traditional three colors, that being warm white, cool white and multi-color – but these colors will most likely be a lot more vibrant than the others just due to the number of LEDs present on the 33 ft. long wiring-
The standard IP65 waterproofing that is typical with the PVC/plastic covering on rope lights is also present on the FUNAIO version too, so you don’t have to worry about extreme weather conditions (whether it’s rain, snow or shine) getting in the way between you and your ideal festive decoration and lighting setup.
Finally, FUNAIO boasts an incredible 24 hours of lighting when their product has been charged with the solar panel for 6-8 hours and they maintain that this should work both in the typical lighting conditions present in winter as well as summer (but you do need to be diligent with the placement of your solar panel to maximize its exposure to sunlight of course).
That is an absolutely incredible amount of endurance on such a large quantity of LEDs powered by just the one solar panel so that is where FUNAIO really outshines the rest of the competition.
So if you’re looking for some rope lights that aren’t too long (less hassle and less chance of getting tangled) but still shine incredibly bright, then this is probably the product for you.
Ecohut’s product is quite standard when it comes to specifications but you can be assured that it lives up to what it claims to do with only perfect reviews on Amazon so far!
But the reason we have included Ecohut’s option on our list is because they offer an absolutely outstanding value for those who need to buy some multi-colored rope lights in bulk – which is incredibly useful if you have a lot of space to fill in your patio or yard.
While 1 pack of these rope lights is available for a price of $17.90, if you buy a 4 pack it costs $52.90 which is nearly a 30% discount on the retail price – in other words when buying in bulk, each set of rope lights now cost $13.23.
You don’t necessarily need to buy all the lights for yourself, maybe you have some friends who also could do with a bit of a boost to their festive lighting decorations, so whether you need some rope lights for yourself, or you want to share this purchase with some friends, the fact of the matter is that these are a combination of the best value and incredible quality rope lights so it’s a purchase that can’t really go wrong.
For those who need to know a bit more, these Ecohut lights are 40 ft. long with 100 LEDs and come with the standard IP65 waterproofing – Ecohut even say these lights are frost resistant too so if you live in especially cold parts of the globe, then this might be more reliable in your environment.
Finally, with 8 modes of lighting available on these lights, there will be at least one that will satisfy the sort of ambiance that you’re going for.
For those of you who are looking for the biggest and most weatherproof lights that you can possibly get your hands on, then these solar rope lights provided by Homestarry might be exactly what you’re looking on.
These rope lights measure at 100 ft. long and feature 300 LEDs, so if you have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of lighting to hang up, then this product will fit those needs perfectly.
Furthermore, these rope lights are IP67 waterproof as opposed to the standard IP65 waterproofing.
What this means is that whilst IP65s provide protection to directed low-pressure jet sprays, IP67 provides protection against complete immersion in water for up to 30 minutes between depths of 15cm to 100cm.
Therefore, with this Homestarry product, you can be assured that there is absolutely nothing the weather can throw at them that will affect this product – even if there’s torrential rainfall for days on end.
What is also nice about this product is its synergy with both solar power and battery power because if there is an incredibly cloudy and dark day and your solar panel doesn’t get enough charge for the night, then emergency batteries can kick in and provide some extra energy.
This feature is perfect in case you really need your lights (maybe you’re hosting a party) and the day didn’t provide the light to properly power the solar-powered battery.
Finally, the most unique feature of this product is its inclusion of an RF wireless remote that works through walls and up to 130 ft. so you can be sure you can either turn your lights on/off or change the light mode simply from the comfort of your home – you’ll never have to go out into the cold to turn your lights on again!
Whilst the last couple of entries in this list have featured quite a limited color selection, with LiyuanQ we’re back to the standard options as you would expect when buying any ‘string’, ‘fairy’ or rope lights – that being the traditional warm white, cool white and multi-color options.
To add to the environment, the LiyuanQ rope lights also have our favorite 8 mode lighting selection which gives an option for almost any situation.
As with all rope lights, naturally, the LiyuanQ solar rope lights also come with standard waterproofing features which is a necessity for any outdoor lighting situation.
However, what I would consider most interesting when it comes to these LED solar rope lights is how they have specified the composition of their solar panel – it’s made of a Monocrystalline Silicon as opposed to the more standard Polycrystalline Silicon.
What this means when it comes to product performance is that this solar panel is 6% more efficient in its solar energy conversion which is a lot when you consider that the standard solar energy conversion rate is around 13/14% which means that the LiyuanQ solar panel is actually almost 1.5x more efficient in converting solar energy than your standard solar powered rope lights.
So even on the grimmer and darker looking days, you might find that your LiyuanQ rope lights are still powering on through the night.
What we always like to point out here, where possible, is the customer support options that are available to your standard buyer – and with this product, you will not be disappointed.
LiyuanQ boasts a 12-month quality guarantee which means that if something is amiss when it comes to your newly purchased solar rope lights, they will be happy to provide a free money back or free new replacement if you contact them directly.
These rope lights provided by Oak Leaf are high quality and, having nearly 700 ratings and having responded to over 100 questions, you can be sure that you won’t be disappointed with this product and if you have any questions, they will be sure to provide the answers.
These lights come with all the standard features that we have come to expect when talking about rope lights.
The cable measures 41 ft. long is IP65 waterproof and the solar panel is IP44 waterproof and the smart light sensor will make sure that the lights turn on when it starts to get dark at night, that being said, the lights can also be turned on during the day, but you just have to make sure that the solar panel is in relative darkness (as is the case with all the light sensors mentioned on this list).
This length of rope lights is the perfect in-between size, not too short and not too long so it should be quite versatile for whatever your requirements are.
Furthermore, Oak Leaf boasts quite the impressive battery life, with a whopping 17 hours of expected illumination assuming the battery is fully charged (which takes 6-8 hours depending on the intensity of the sunlight).
If you want some standard rope lights that are sure to meet your expectations, then you do not need to go further than this because it’s a tried and tested product, and you can be sure that they will do the job.
Finally we present a little trinket, that might not be the biggest or brightest rope light that you will find in this list, but it was such a small and cute size that we couldn’t help but include it on our list.
To be honest, the small 16 ft. rope light might actually the perfect little trinket to put in a small section of your patio that might normally be excluded from all the festive decorations that go up in the height of winter.
For example I can imagine wrapping something like this around the small bench I have on my porch to add a little extra sparkle and character – sometimes it’s the small touches that matter the most.
Maybe you have a short set of steps before your front door? Then this would fit perfectly around the small railing.
This product is all about the small touches and sometimes that’s exactly what you need.
As with all our other rope light products on this list, it comes with the standard waterproofing and lighting mode selections that we would expect, but it’s size is definitely what makes it unique and worth putting on our list (honestly who isn’t a sucker for small and cute things?).
Pros & Benefits:
Small size makes it versatile for many situations
As with almost everything in life a lot of these choices are up to personal preference and what you’re really looking for when making a purchase.
There is a type of rope light for almost any situation we have tried our best to include a large variety of lights to show our readers what is available on the market (and also what to be looking out for if we didn’t quite hit the mark).
But for those of you who are getting ready and stocked up for the festive season, be sure to go solar for your exterior lighting because firstly, it will ease the stress on your electricity bill (we’ve all had that shock after Christmas), and secondly, it will help the environment just that little bit more in a much needed time of conservation.
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