The 8 Best String Lights to Buy for Bedrooms in 2018

Add sparkle and a magical glow to your favorite hangout space

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So you’ve had the same old bedroom decor for as long as you can remember, but according to your parents or dorm rules, you’re not allowed to paint? All is not lost. Hanging some fun indoor string lights is the easiest — and most fun — way to dress up your space.

Gone are the days when you’d be...MORE relegated to a plain white or colored strand. Now, the options are vast. Try fun shapes (flamingos, anyone?), a trendy copper wire, sleek brass bulbs or pretty paper lanterns.

These days you don’t even need to dig out a big extension cord if your strand won’t stretch from the outlet to that perfect spot above your bed. There are plenty of battery-powered options, and some even come with a remote for the ultimate in convenience.

Here are the coolest and most highly rated options for your space.

  • Best Overall: KooPower 69-Foot Indoor String Light with Remote and Timer

    Nearly 400 reviewers agree: These pretty white lights are worthy of five stars. And it’s easy to see why. The clear strand matches any color of room, and its 200 warm-white LED lights cast the prettiest glow.

    At 69 feet long, there’s plenty of cable to make it around all four walls in the average-sized bedroom. And a low-voltage plug means these lights are safe enough to use inside.

    Use the timer function to automatically turn lights on and off according to your schedule. Or, use the remote to...MORE toggle between eight different modes and brightness settings, such as "slow fade," "in wave," "slow glow" and "twinkle/flash."

  • Best Budget: Ehome 100 LED 33-Foot Starry Fairy String Light

    Transform a drab white dorm room into a cozy hideaway with this ultra-affordable pick. Thin, flexible, silver, lacquer-coated copper wires make it easy to shape these lights around windows or furniture, creating a pristine look.

    The small bulbs are durable and cast a delicate glow in your choice of four colors: warm white, white, blue or multi-colored.

    The strand has a USB connection — not a regular wall plug — and is energy-efficient, using just 6 watts for all the lights combined. Simply plug...MORE the strand into a computer, power bank or any USB port (such as a USB adapter that plugs into a standard electrical outlet). 

    This budget-friendly pick even comes with a two-year warranty.

  • Best Curtain: Twinkle Star Window Curtain String Light

    If your goal is to create a special focal point in your room, these lights are your best bet. Individual strands hang from one wire to create a 6.6-by-9.8-foot curtain. Go the obvious route and hang these in your window or doorway, or get creative by lining your ceiling with a few light sets. You can even drape two curtains of lights above your bed to create a canopy.

    Each curtain has 300 warm-white LED lights that can be programmed eight different ways, ranging from a steady-on to a twinkle. The...MORE strands are low-voltage and, because they won’t ever got hot, they’re safe to use near fabric.

    If you get these lights and you’re not satisfied for any reason, take advantage of the 100-percent money-back guarantee.

  • Best Fairy Lights: GDEALER Fairy String Lights

    More than 90 percent of reviewers give these string lights four or five stars. Why? For starters, you get two 20-foot strands with each purchase. The battery-powered lights also come with a timing function and remotes for the ultimate in convenience.

    Install the lights around a door frame or a window (the copper wire bends for precise installation), or drape them over the surface of your dresser or vanity. Wherever you place them, your choice of eight modes and five brightness settings mean you...MORE can adjust the ambiance to fit your mood. The lights are also suitable for outdoor use.

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  • Best Decorative: AOStar LED Photos Clips String Lights

    The best thing about these string lights is that they aren’t just string lights! Each bulb is strategically placed inside of a clear clothespin so you can hang your favorite pictures, posters or other mementos.

    The battery-operated white lights have two functions — steady or flashing — and are great for everyday decor or to add a unique touch to birthday parties and special events. Reviewers also note that these indoor lights make an especially nice gift.

    You can be sure they’ll work, too: Each...MORE 10-foot strand comes with a 100-percent money-back guarantee, a 6-month replacement warranty and lifetime technical support.

  • Best Paper Lanterns: LampLust Multicolor Mini Lantern String Light

    This version of classic paper lantern lights features has a modern upgrade: durability. Instead of paper, each lantern is made with a strong nylon material that won’t crinkle, rip or disintegrate. (You can even use these lights outdoors.)

    Installation is a breeze, too. Reviewers love that the lanterns come pre-assembled, so all you have to do is hang the strand and plug it in.

    At 17 feet long, you’ll have enough lights to line a large wall. Should you need more coverage, connect up to 22 strands...MORE together, and you'll still be using less energy than two 100-watt light bulbs. 

    And while the colors provide an especially festive touch to undecorated dorm or apartment walls, a plain white version is also available.

  • Best Battery-Powered: Impress Life Seasonal String Light

    Almost nothing can give your space more personality than these battery-powered string lights. The bright-pink flamingos are a great choice, but the strand is available in a variety of summer-inspired shapes: conch, cactus, dolphin, palm tree, sea glass, sea turtle, shell and starfish.

    No matter which shape you choose, you’ll get a bright and colorful glow. If there’s any downside at all, it’s that some reviewers thought the lights were too bright! But there’s an easy fix: the string includes...MORE a dimmer to tone down the brightness. You can also set the built-in timer to shut off the lights after two, four, six or eight hours.

  • Best With Remote: TaoTronics TT-SL036

    It’s easy to get lost in a sea of options, but this might help end your search: More than 3,000 reviewers gave these LED string lights a five-star rating. Perhaps this is because they have every feature you could ever want: they’re malleable, safe, weatherproof and adjustable.

    Simply mold the lights to whatever shape you want, plug them in using the extra-long cable, then set the brightness level (there are 10 degrees of intensity) or switch modes (flash, smooth or strobe), using the included...MORE remote.