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These $14 solar lights are 'like little fireflies putting out a warm glow' — and they're over 30% off

They say spring is a new dawn, but sometimes, we like to play outside at night — especially when the weather is clear and the stars are twinkling. When you're in the mood to take the party out-of-doors, you need the proper lighting. The Brightown Solar String Lights are the solution you didn't know you were looking for, 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, giving you a soft, warm glow to continue your evening outside without being left in the dark. 

$18 at Amazon

Not only are you getting 36 feet of lights for just $14 (that's roughly $0.38 per foot), but you're also snagging these at the lowest price they've ever been. Talk about excellent timing! You'd pay a lot more than that for the competition.

There are a lot of solar light options on the market, and most of them look to be relatively the same as all the rest. The Brightown Solar String Lights stand out for one major reason: they hold a charge for longer than most of their competition, according to fans. This is a major plus in the "why you should buy it" category. Few things in life are as disheartening as going to a lot of work to put up solar lights, only for them to come on for a couple of hours before shutting off. An automatic on/off sensor turns these lights on when the light grows too dim, and they'll spend all day charging up, even in indirect sunlight.

The lights are weather-resistant, too. A lot of solar lights will stop working after just a few rainstorms, even if they are rated for it. Multiple reviewers mention that these have survived everything from southern heatwaves all the way to a Maryland winter. A few even said the bulbs survived a drop from a not-insignificant height.

There are eight different lighting modes to choose from, and it will even remember your last-used mode. No need to reset it every day; a built-in memory chip will store your settings and automatically turn back on to that same mode. And if something does go wrong, the lights come with a 12-month guarantee.

solar lights on a fence
The way to make your guests feel cozy and welcome ... and your neighbors envious. (Amazon)

With more than 12,000 flawless ratings, these lights have earned themselves a dedicated fanbase.

One fan couldn't say enough about the battery life. "What sets these solar string lights apart is their impressive longevity. Harnessing the power of the sun during the day, the solar panels efficiently charge the batteries, ensuring that the lights illuminate my balcony well into the night. Even after extended use, the battery life remains remarkably durable, providing a reliable and continuous source of illumination."

Another shopper raved about their visual dazzle. "I love these lights! Super bright! Beautiful colors! This is my second set."

And if you're looking for a touchy of whimsy, these lights are the answer: "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!"

Despite the beauty of the lights, one customer found themself in complaining "mode": "Overall, these are pretty string lights. ... My complaint is in setting the mode. I would have preferred less 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."

Another gripe we came across? "My only complaint is that they were a little difficult to untangle."

Romantic? Festive? Steady-on or sparkling? Eight different lighting modes make it easy to achieve exactly the right ambience. 

$18 at Amazon

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

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