How to Plan & Hang Patio Lights
by Christmas Lights, Etc. | DIY Team
Hanging Patio Lights Guide
How to Hang Patio Lights
The installation process can vary depending on where and how you decide to hang your patio lights, however we have provided a list of the basic steps, supplies you might need and methods to use below. You may want to consider the use of a guy wire or galvanized steel cable to hang your patio light strings. Using a guy wire can prolong the life of your light strings by removing the tension that is created on the string as your patio lights hang over time.
Supplies You Might Need
Hanging Patio String Lights Basic Steps
Where To Hang Patio Lights
If your yard does not have many readily available options for hanging patio lights, you may need to create your own. Attach poles to deck railings or cement poles into painted buckets or decorative planters using the DIY method below.
DIY Patio Light Pole
What you will need
Attach a hook to one end of your pole, this will provide an anchor for the light strings to attach to. Mix the cement into your smaller clay pot and while it is still wet place your pole or wooden post in the cement. Hold the pole still or find something to keep it centered while it dries - which shouldn't take too long if you're using quick dry cement. Once dry, place the smaller pot inside the larger pot and fill to the top with soil. Plant flowers or place stones around the base of the pole on top of the soil. Now you have a functional pole for hanging your patio lights that also serves as a decorative planter!
Patio Lights Planning Tips
Pick Your Patio Bulbs
Patio bulbs are available in several shapes, sizes & colors to complement any size space or decorative style.
In addition to the traditional patio light styles above, C7 and C9 lights, previously only thought of during Christmas, are becoming a popular option in backyard and patio lighting.
Pick Your Patio Light Strings
Matching your bulbs to your patio light strings in both size and style is an important part of creating a cohesive outdoor lighting design. Patio light strings are available in several wire colors & socket styles. Although each of these options will work well in most spaces, there are certain environments and situations where one style may surpass another.
In Line- Socket sits even with wire, perfect for any bulb, works well in small spaces.
Suspended- Suspended sockets drop the bulbs 4" from the string, works well in taller spaces.
Light String Color Options
Black- Works well in industrial spaces and blends against dark surfaces such as a wrought iron fence or dark wood.
Green- Perfect in areas with lush natural greenery and set among trees or across grassy fields.
White- Popularly used for wedding lights, illuminating garden parties and in outdoor living spaces featuring pastel colored fabrics and decor.
Do you have a helpful patio lights installation tip or idea that you'd like to share, or questions about hanging patio lights? Let us know in the comments below!