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'Like little fireflies': These solar-powered string lights are down to $14

The durable, long-twinkling bulbs outlast both the competition and unpredictable weather, fans say.

Do you hear that? It's the sound of summer! Aside from the sweltering heat, what's not to love? And if you have an outdoor space for entertaining and relaxing, your summer's going to be that much better. When you're in the mood to take the party outdoors, proper lighting is key. Brightown Solar String Lights are the solution you didn't know you needed, and they're set to illuminate your backyard in the most magical of ways.

These lights turn on automatically as soon as the sun goes down, bathing your deck or patio in a soft, warm glow.

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Why is this a good deal? 💰

You're getting 36 feet of lights for just $14 (if you're counting, that's only about 39 cents a foot). Talk about an excellent deal — you'd typically pay a lot more than that for the competition. Just make sure you apply the on-page coupon to snag the savings.

Why do I need these? 🤔

There are a lot of solar patio lights on the market, and most of them look very similar. Brightown Solar String Lights stand out for one major reason: They hold a charge for longer than most of the competition, according to fans. Few things are as disheartening as putting up lights only for them to come on for just a couple of hours before shutting off.

An automatic sensor turns these lights on when the sun goes down, and they'll spend all day charging up, even in indirect sunlight. There are eight lighting modes to choose from, and the lights will even remember your last-used setting.

These mood-setters are weather-resistant too. A lot of solar lights stop working after just a few rainstorms, even if they're rated for outdoor use. Multiple reviewers mention that these have survived everything from southern heat waves to icy winters. A few even said the bulbs survived drops from significant heights. And if something does go wrong, the lights come with a 12-month guarantee.

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Here's how to make your guests feel cozy and welcome ... and your neighbors envious. (Amazon)

What reviewers say 💬

With more than 11,000 flawless ratings, these lights have earned a dedicated fan base.

Pros 👍

"The best ones to get. I have bought two sets of these to date," one impressed shopper wrote. "One just to spruce up the backyard. It worked so well that I bought another as Christmas lights. Battery life is great and they are bright!"

One reviewer said she's owned hers for several years. "I love these lights. I've had my first set for three years now," she explained. "I have them all over my yard. I bought them five times since they worked so well ... I have them on my porch, lining my pool fence, and pond area." The same reviewer pointed out that the solar-powered feature is a huge plus since there's no need to worry about charging them or plugging them in: "You don't have to think about them at all," she added.

And if you're looking for a touch of whimsy, these lights could be the answer, a shopper says: "Very happy with this purchase for an outdoor wedding with no electricity. The lights had energy stored and turned on at unboxing. The solar panels stored enough energy during the day to keep these magical all night! I love the bulbs. That's an odd thing to say, but they have a crackly appearance like little fireflies putting out a warm glow. Pure magic!"

Cons 👎

One customer said these lights could still be a little less fussy: "Overall, these are pretty string lights. ... My complaint is in setting the mode. I would have preferred [fewer] options with perhaps a slider switch in order to set them. You have to push the button X times to set different modes, and it does not give you any indication of what mode it currently is set to until they come on after dark, so it is a lot of trial and error."

Other shoppers mention that these lights may be too dim for some activities. "We installed them under our new grill gazebo. The light is not bright enough to actually cook by, but it gives a pleasant glow and looks nice," said one.

Feeling romantic? Festive? Eight lighting modes make it easy to achieve exactly the right ambience you're after.

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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