Our summers are all about the parties, it seems that I am the odd man out because my birthday is in the winter but the rest of my family are all summer birthdays. June and July are huge party months and we take the parties and celebrating outdoors.
We have tried so many lighting themes to make it festive but I have now uncovered the best lighting for outdoor parties. From timers to remote control color changing I nail the ambiance with a touch of a button! Perhaps what I have discovered is something that everyone will clamor over after they see them and everyone will crave.
Get ready to change-up the typical ‘spotlight’ outdoor parties to ambiance lighting that is easy to install and rocks the color! Lavishly live outdoor parties all lit and colorful with my discovery of the best lighting.
Simple Is Best
You all know my husband works atrocious hours so if I can not do a project that is fast and easy to install, it’s not happening. I feel that most of us struggle with decor. We head out to the party stores, gather our supplies, and hang up balloons and then sometimes we get crazy and hang up holiday lights from Christmas.
The project we just completed literally took us minutes, not hours and the results is amazing. This is about ambiance lighting that takes minutes not hours to install.
Parties are about ambiance and those most memorable parties and celebrations stick in our minds because of how it looked! Lighting can take so much time and there can be so many bad issues, why struggle.
I mean, The downfall of holiday lights are the burned out strands that we did not anticipate before we started working with them and pulling out and untangling them by the dozen. Strand by strand we soon learn this was the worst possible idea and the light that is about to come from them, minuscule at best.
I want a fast ROI on my work and I want a light that will make my party totally ‘lit’! (I bet my kids are cringing seeing me use the word LIT, but it is the best way to describe what I am about to share)
My Best Lighting For Outdoor Parties Revealed
You are going to laugh but inside this box is the solution to all outdoor lighting. The lights in this box are not your failed lights from the holidays and these shine bright enough to kill the lighting scheme, yet not so bright as to burn your eyeballs.
The ambiance will look incredible, and the area you decorate will look like you spent hours, not the few minutes that it truly took to get it right. As I worked with my husband to set the lights up it literally took us 10 minutes from start to finish. Let me share the brand and the reasons I chose these and then I will share a few more details.
Outdoor time is a precious time in Pennsylvania. In the winter, we are pretty much inside because of cooler weather, but in the Spring, Fall and Summer we spend intense amounts of time outdoors.
We have tried to use candles, but often the wind blows them out. Torches are messy and burn out with too much wind as well (trust me, our summer nights often are breezy). After trying holiday lights and just not getting enough light and floodlights which shine in one place only, and I don’t like that.
Therefore, I started the discovery process for a light that would be able to be used year round.
Light It Up
My find: Color Changing Café Lights. You might ask me if I am planning on using these all year. I will tell you yes, one hundred times because they are impact resistant and even if I light up my yard every night of the year, I am not burning through enormous amounts of money to light it up.
#1 The Cafe Lights are spread 24″ each, making the lighting distance absolutely perfect. The cabling between the lights is durable and trust me our trees are still swaying and they strands are fine. The downside of the lighting is attaching to certain trees, and we came about that as follows. Truly the brand should provide these just in case or even the zip ties, it just makes it so much easier.
These are our hemlocks, I used a combination of things to hang the strings, including a ‘s’ hook, a shepherd’s hook, and a few zip ties. We hung these at no particular ‘even’ level to keep it looking fun and fanciful, rather than straight on decorated. Summer is light and the ambiance should look natural.
Please note that the light strands themselves have a built-in timer that is set for 2 hours and 4-hour intervals, the item I am going to now share with you is an additional ‘add-on’ item but by no means a requirement to work the product.
These are amazing and easy to work with, as they are dimmable and you can change one light at a time or 2 colors simultaneously. Imagine having one light one color and the other a different one! It’s crazy beautiful fun!
An ‘add-on’ I recommend
#2 We connected 2 sets of 24′ strings together to cover an area of about 48′ and then we used a Timer to let the brighten our life each night. I do want to make sure you know that you can link these are able to be linked up to 750′, and no you did not read that wrong.
Basically, we install the Cafe Lights and put the timer on and the rest is all about the ambiance.
#3 Setting the timer is simple and no more than plugging the lights into the timer, setting the current time and then choosing the times I want the lights on and off.
#4 The remote-controlled color-changing bulbs on the Cafe Lights offer an array of assorted colors that can easily be switched via the remote control. From preset colors to effects the remote control does it all and you have to do nothing more than touch the buttons!
A little more about the remote. You can choose a single color selection, a dual color selection, a strobe feature, or a fading feature. There are also mode selections: Twinkle, Multi-fade, Christmas, Fall, Spring, Multi, St. Patrick’s Day and Red, White & Blue. These are weatherproof and you will never replace a bulb, so once you put these up, they are ready for your year of celebrations!
TIPS & TRICKS
I do recommend laying out your strands before you put them up. Making sure of your distance so you are not pulling limbs off trees. I also would suggest letting the lights start just as dusk is setting for a more stunning appearance.
Remember, you can easily change the timer at any point because it is so darn easy to program. It’s time to make parties easier and with the remote control and an easy to set timer, you have the whole party world in your hands.
Lavishly live parties out loud, outdoors and celebrate with fun, festive, weatherproof lighting that is so easy to install you will be kicking yourself for not having it sooner!
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