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What are the best pumpkin lights? We tried out a dozen options to find the best bets. What's best for inside a pumpkin? Or to decorate inside as a string of lights? Here are the ones we'd recommend.

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Best Tea Light For Pumpkins

100+ hours of light
We loved these realistic-looking tea candles with a nice flickering glow. LED lights stay cool and on/off switch is helpful for use inside a pumpkin. Caveat: light is more blue-ish than yellow.
$10.99 ($10.99 / Count)

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Best Tea Light For Pumpkins: Homemory Realistic and Bright Flickering Bulb Battery Operated Flameless LED Tea Light

Let’s talk pumpkin lights!

When it comes to these lights, we realize there are several uses. Some folks are looking for lights for actual pumpkins—for that spooky, flickering effect. Other folks want a string of pumpkin lights for an indoor display . . . or pumpkin lights on stakes to light a sidewalk.

For the best lights to go in a pumpkin, we would recommend tea lights that are battery-operated. Of course, one key advantage here: they can be reused for other times of the year. 

We tried out a few different tea lights with a flickering effect before deciding Homemory’s tea lights are the best of the bunch. Here’s why:

What We Liked

• LED lights are cool to the touch.

• Realistic flicker.

• Use CR2032 button-type batteries. 

• Detailing mimics a real candle: note the wave shape at top edge that looks like melting wax.

• 100+ hours of light.

• 12 pack.

• Batteries are replaceable. 

What Needs Work

• Cool, blueish-like. Some folks like a warmer yellow glow—these probably aren’t the best choice in that case! We liked the cool glow, but we can see how it wouldn’t please others.

• No remote or timer.

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Best Lights With Timer/Remote

Adjustable brigthness
An excellent solution to light large pumpkins outdoors—timer lets you choose 2, 4, 6 or 8 hours of warm yellow glow. Two modes (flicker or steady) are nice. Caveat: batteries not included.

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Best Lights With Timer/Remote: HOME MOST 2-Pack Halloween Pumpkin Lights with Remote/Timer

Tea lights are great to use for pumpkins . . . but what if you only want to light the pumpkin for a few hours at night? Wouldn’t it nice to have a timer function? Or a remote to turn the light on and off?

Home Most’s 2-pack of pumpkin lights is our pick for this scenario—especially if you have large pumpkins that are difficult to move around. Or are outside and you’d prefer to turn on and off the lights from the comfort of your house. 

We found these lights easy to use and versatile . . . you can chose a flicker effect or steady glow.

What We Liked

• Adjustable brightness.

• Timer works for 2, 4, 6, or 8 hours.

• Infrared control works from 20 feet away.

• Warm, yellow glow.

• Lightweight.

What Needs Work

• Batteries not included. These lights work on 3 AAA batteries.

• Not waterproof. So you may want to use these for pumpkins that are protected from rain, such as on a deck.

• Could be a bit brighter, in our opinion.

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Best Pumpkin String Lights

Super cute
Flashing or steady, this string of small pumpkins with eyes, nose and mouth is a winner. LED bulbs stay cool. 20 pumpkins in all, this string can add a nice touch to any festive display.

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Best Pumpkin String Lights: Kailedi’s Halloween Lights

We tried out various string lights of pumpkins before picking Kailedi’s string of 20 pumpkin lights as the best bet—affordable yet so cute. Here’s more:

What We Liked

• LED bulbs stay cool.

• Flashing or steady mode.

• Pumpkins are waterproof (but battery compartment isn’t).

What Needs Work

• Small in size.

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Best Pumpkin Stake Lights

Incandescent bulbs give nice glow
Loved these stake lights, whose pumpkin heads can swivel to face any direction. This four piece set can be connected end to end with more sets to light an entire walk.

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Best Pumpkin Stake Lights: Noma Pumpkin Stakes

Draping a sidewalk with this string of pumpkin lights is a nice way to illuminate a walk with a festive touch. And yes, you can string together up to seven of these sets end to end (for a total of 28 lights) for a larger effect.

What We Liked

• Sturdy.

• Easy to install.

• Classic look.

• Steady light.

What Needs Work

• Pricey.

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