Twinkling lights to brighten up every space

New Year’s resolution no. 5: Glow up .

Few things can brighten the mood of a home, yard, or office like a string of old-fashioned twinkle lights. There’s a reason they’re popular for the holidays, but there are no rules against keeping these warm and cozy accent bulbs up all year round. If you’ve got a dark corner in your living room, or your windows are looking bland, or maybe you want to light up your counter tops, these flexible strings of lights have the functionality and ambiance you need.

Here are a handful of options that are sure to perk up any space.

Smartest: Twinkly Smart Decorations Custom LED String Lights Gold Edition

Make Your Own Designs

You can even link multiple together and they will perform together in sweet harmony. Amazon

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Twinkly Gold Edition LED string lights are a one-stop solution that can be commanded through your phone or an Alexa or Google Assistant. The string comes with 250 LED lights whose color and pattern you can change with the smartphone app. What makes this option worthwhile is the creative control you have over each light. Within the smartphone app, you can choose the color of the lights between white and gold, program patterns, and make the lights dance along with music. You can also change each light individually to get fairly intricate patterns and designs. Pick between programmed effects or create your own design. You can even link multiple light strips—and their color LEDs—to perform together in sweet harmony.

Basic basic: TaoTronics 100 LED String Lights

Joyful Illumination

The set includes a 5-foot adaptor cord so you can reach further. Amazon

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Wrap these LED lights around a tree or use them to line the walls of your bedroom. The remote control lets you choose your preferred brightness out of 10 warmth settings (anywhere from 2700K to 2900K). Switch on the optional strobe effects with the press of a button for some extra pizazz. The lights are mounted on flexible, insulated copper wire, so they’ll be safe to touch even after hours of use.

Most versatile: Twinkle Star 300 LED Window Curtain String Light

Hanging Option

They’re waterproof, too, so you can use them inside or outside. Amazon

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Turn up the ambiance by draping this lovely curtain of LED lights over a window, off a fence, or along your existing fabric curtains. You can set them to any of eight modes that include twinkling, flashing, slow fading, and undulating in waves. Each chain includes 300 warm white LED lights and covers a width of 6.6 feet. They’re waterproof, too, so you can use them inside or outside.

Budget pick: GoodLights Indoor String Lights

Buy A Bunch

Perfect for exterior lighting. Amazon

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Pick out twinkle lights in your favorite color: These LEDs come in warm white, rainbow, cool white, blue, or white/blue. One pack includes 200 bulbs that run 98 feet. You can set them to one of eight light modes; plus, they’re safe for indoor and outdoor use, and are designed to be low-voltage and energy-efficient.

Hanging marvels: BlueFire Upgraded Meteor Shower Rain Lights

Like A Fantasy World

Most unique effects. Amazon

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Opt for a totally different aesthetic with these icicle-like cascading lights that blink by sequence, like a meteor shower for your front door. They come in blue, warm white, clear white, or multi-color, and look wonderful on houses or trees (they’re constructed with a unique helical interior, which keeps them durable and also light on the eyes). They’re powered by bright LED chips and a waterproof low-voltage transformer.