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L&L LOOK BOOK: Beautiful Uses Of Outdoor String Lights [Lighting Ideas Photo Gallery]

String lights are inexpensive and and highly versatile light fixtures. With a little creativity outdoor string lights can turn a room or an object into a beautiful sight, as you will see below. From weddings, DIY projects to building facades, from sculptures to creating canopy ceilings – there are so many different outdoor string lighting ideas and ways they can be used.

 

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DIY Project: Wine Bottle Light by Wit & Whistle

A DIY lamp piece using a wine bottle and string lights

Normal string lights used with decorative flower strings lights to create a ceiling centerpiece

 DIY Project: Canvas string lights, instructions at Apartment Therapy

canvas light painting

A canvas light painting using string lights

An enchanting bedroom using soft glowing string lights

The string that connects the lights together come in other colors than green. Traditionally used on Christmas trees, the green wires blended into the tree. Here white is used and blends in with the decorations:

White decorative tree branches used with white colored string lights

DIY Project: Paper Cube String Lights by Wit & Whistle

Decorating ordinary outdoor string lights with origami shades

Buy these paper flower lights ready made from Diy or Dont at Etsy

paper flower string lights

Paper craft tissues can be used to create soft flowers and fixed onto string lights

DIY Project: Ruffled Chiffon by Heart Handmade UK

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DIY Ruffled Chiffon Fairy Light Box

You can find these paper cut string light lanterns here

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Paper cut lighting by Hannah Nunn

DIY Project: Dixie Cup Light Garland by DIY or Dont

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Simple DIY paper cup string lighting

Outdoor Lighting Ideas

DIY Project: Coffee Can Lantern by Maggie Makes. (The DIY project uses votive candles to light the lanterns, but these can be replaced with solar powered string lights stuffed into the can.)

DIY coffee can lantern

A DIY coffee can lantern

DIY Project: Outdoor Pendant Light by From The Blue Shed

fairy light outdoor pendant light

DIY fairy light outdoor pendant lighting

String lights can be hung outdoors to provide pathway lighting:

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String lights hanging from a tree lighting a path

Some other outdoor lighting ideas using string lights:

String lights hung side by side outside creating a curtain of lighting

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Solar powered string lights lighting up an umbrella on a deck

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Mini globe string lights lighting a deck railing

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Weddings

Because of their fanciful look, string lights or “fairy lights”, are popular wedding lights.

They can be placed behind fabric to create a more diffused and softer glow of light. LED string lights would work best as they give off less heat.

Here we can see fairy lights being used again for wedding tent lighting, lining the canopy along with with drapery:

An intimate wedding setting

A romantic wedding backdrop

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Building and Street Lighting

Hanging string lights side by side to create a curtain of lighting

Hung from the rooftops to mimic a starry night

Hanging across a street in Nice, France

Spread across a larger street

String lights lighting up tress on a river bank

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Restaurants

String lights can also be useful for restaurant lighting – creating soft glowing and intimate lighting for romantic indoor or outdoor restaurant areas.

String lights hung to a point in the ceiling can create a canopy of lights.

String lights decorating trees and banisters in a restaurant

Intertwined with strands of a tree

outdoor grape lighting

Grape string lights decorating a Greek restaurant

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Events and Christmas Lighting

Color coordinating: Traditional string lights are green and red, but as you can see from the photos above there are a whole range of other colors the lights come in. For any events, you can color coordinate the string lights to the theme – Christmas: Red and Green, Weddings: White, Saint Patrick’s Day: Green.

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Using string lights for party lighting ideas

A wicker reindeer sculpture lighted with string lights

Another christmas structure decorated with string lights

Traditional string lights decorating a Christmas tree

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L&L LOOK BOOK: Bathroom Lighting Gallery | Photos

In this L&L LOOK BOOK we have a range of bathroom lighting ideas. Here we highlight bathroom photos that show you the different ways of lighting a bathroom and the different bathroom light fixtures. Ranging from Moroccan to contemporary bathroom styles.

Accent lighting is used to light a vase in this Moroccan styled bathroom

photo by: Villa Amor in Sayulita

A frame has been created around the mirror where lights have been fitted into

photo by: Chalet Les Cimes

Great use of natural lighting with windows and a skylight along with recessed and pendant lighting

 photo by: andrechinn

A flush mount light is used for bathroom shower lighting

photo by: Train Chartering & Private Rail Cars

A luxurious bathroom using wall chandeliers and a floor lamp

photo by: jingdianjiaju

The reflective ceiling and large mirror with the downlights, makes this bathroom feel larger than it is

photo by: lucasfoxbcn

Recessed wall lights used with bathroom wall lighting attached direct onto the floor to ceiling mirror

photo by: s.yume

A combination of natural lighting, wall washers and a pendant light create multiple lighting effects in this spacious bathroom.

photo by: lipjin

Recessed and cove lighting are used in this marble walled bathroom

 photo by: vincentq

Recessed lights are placed and localized over certain areas of this bathroom

photo by: leyla.a

Cove lighting is used to highlight this textured wall above the bath tub

photo by: reflexer

A warm glowing light shine from behind a piece of frosted glass

photo by: reflexer

A Buddha being illuminated with bathroom accent lighting

photo by: lucasfoxbcn

A well lit bathroom using recessed and LED wall lights

photo by: GranitArchitects

Another textured bathroom wall being highlighted with light

photo by: Train Chartering and Private Rail Cars

By bringing light closer to the ground, you can make a large space feel cozier

photo by: lucasfoxbcn

A recessed wall has light installed within the top frame to light the mirror

photo by: lucasfoxbcn

Recessed ceiling lights and a chandelier are used in this spacious bathroom

photo by: lucasfoxbcn

Take a look at our Design Guide: 9 Bathroom Lighting Ideas, where we show 9 different light fixtures that can be used to light a bathroom (from Hollywood lighting to bathroom sconces).

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L+L LOOK BOOK: Tiki Torches Photos

Find inspiration for your own lighting design in our tiki torch Look Book. Below are a number of images that show the different uses of tiki torches as well as the different styles, shapes, and heights – enjoy.

2 tiki torches lighting up the sky photo by: troymckaskle

A bamboo torch overlooking a lake photo by: Brandon Koger

sunset photo by: Andy Beal Photography

A group of bamboo torches photo by: wayneandwax

a capped tiki torch photo by: brianjmatis

tiki torches placed around a swimming pool photo by: shawnogram

tiki flame photo by: Katrina Bowman

wine bottle tiki torch photo by: rrriles

in a garden photo by: shawnogram

A tiki torch at night with a lantern photo by: nicholasjon

photo by: athrasher

A torch in a garden photo by: foodiesathome.com

flame photo by: J. McPherskesen

luau lighting photo by: JolieNY

torch photo by: Katherine Martinelli

L+L LOOK BOOK: Driveway Lighting Photos

Here in our LOOK BOOK, you can find inspiration for driveway lighting ideas.  Here you will find a number of images showing different ways to light a driveway and a range of different driveway lighting fixtures.

Images For Driveway Lighting Ideas

driveway tress lights This driveway is lit up by the spill over from the accent lighting of the trees and the house facade.  photo by: OLP of San Antonio & the Hill Country, LLC

driveway at night Post lights showing the changes in direction of the driveway. photo by: OLP of San Antonio & the Hill Country, LLC

house light piler Two stone pillars (left one is out of view) with lights attached to them, provide enough lighting for this short driveway. Lighting on the house provides additional ambient lighting. photo by: OLP of San Antonio & the Hill Country, LLC

path lighting Low and warm lighting,  for this longer driveway. photo by: trevhunter

house uplights Lighting the front of the house, done here with uplights, not only showcases and makes the house look elegant, but also provides driveway entrance lighting. photo by: OLP of San Antonio & the Hill Country, LLC

medium post lights Tall post lights being used. photo by: wheany

garage lights If you only have a short driveway, then you will only need light fixtures at the ‘destination’ (shown here as the garage entrance), just as long as there is enough street light to light the entrance of the driveway. photo by: ktgeek

gate entrance One way to light the entrance of your home’s (or mansion’s) driveway, if you have a gate, is to point uplights at the pillars. photo by: Tancread

Driveway Lighting Fixtures

gate lantern A lantern sits atop a gate pillar providing light at the entrance. photo by: Keith Williamson

pole light Tall pole lights work great for the entrance or the driveway itself. photo by: rosipaw

solar light Short solar post lights are an easy, inexpensive, and fast way of lighting the edge of a driveway. photo by: Kyle Rove
garage If you have a short driveway, light fixtures attached to the house or garage entrance can provide enough lighting. photo by: Jeenzy

pole light A medium size pole light, with it’s base lovely decorated with a small bed of flowers. photo by: Andrew|W

A more creative and whimsical way of lighting a path. photo by: -Prescott