How to Install Outdoor String Lighting

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Outdoor string lights are a great way to add a little ambiance to your outdoor space. They’re easy to install, use low energy, and make your outdoor area look extra special.

From weddings and parties to holidays and BBQs, these lights are going to make your outdoor space seem magical.

Read on to learn how to install string lights in your outdoor space. 

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Outdoor string lights

Places you can hang outdoor string lights

There are several places you can hang your outdoor string lights.

  • Trees
  • Porch or deck posts
  • Side of a home
  • Fences
  • Gazebos or pergolas
  • Pavilions

Types of outdoor string lights

The majority of outdoor string lights feature LED, incandescent, solar, or battery-powered bulbs. Each variety differs in terms of durability, energy efficiency, and lifespan. When buying outdoor string lights, you should think about what kind of lighting will work best for your space.

LED light bulbs consume much less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs and don’t get as hot when they are turned on. There are LED patio lights available with plastic bulbs, which are cooler to the touch and less likely to break if dropped. Many LED bulbs have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours, or up to 10 years of regular operation.

Incandescent light bulbs are affordable and easily available. These bulbs typically last 1,000 hours, or up to a year of regular usage, which is significantly less time than LED bulbs and less energy efficient. Glass bulbs are typically used for this type since they can get hot during use. They are a well-liked option for outdoor lighting because of their warm color and reasonable upfront cost.

Solar-powered lights are useful for apartment patios or houses without ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets because they don’t increase your energy bill or require an outlet. Simply set the included solar panel in a location that receives a lot of sunlight during the day, and the lights will turn on at night. Most solar-powered string lights can stay on for 6 to 8 hours, which is usually enough time to have a dinner party or barbecue in the garden.

Battery-operated lights are another alternative that does not require an outdoor outlet. These light strings typically use two to six batteries. They are a great choice for creative outdoor lighting because they don’t need an outlet.

Another way to enhance your outdoor space is to invest in stone and landscaping installation. JC’s Landscaping is a one-stop landscaping company. We can handle any project from planting flowers to designing and installing borders, walkways, and hardscaping and more.

Decide how your lights will be powered

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Outdoor string lights on awning of gazebo

String lights are a fun and inexpensive way to decorate your garden or backyard. However, if you plan on installing outdoor string lights, you first need to decide how the lights will be powered.

There are two ways to power string lights: plug them in and use an extension cord, or use a battery. If you are looking to use an extension cord, you will need to take the time to find the right length of cord and the right type of cord. If you are looking to use a battery, you will need to purchase a battery and a charger.

Ways to mount outdoor string lights 

 Trees make excellent supports for decorative outdoor string lights. Simply drill guide holes into the trees and install hooks. Then thread the string lights onto the hooks. Make sure they’re securely in place.

If you don’t have trees in your backyard to mount string lights, then install them on your deck railings. Measure first, then, starting with the string lights closest to your power supply, use a staple gun to fasten them under your railing.

Another way to hang string lights is to attach them to parts of your home made from materials like stucco and wood. To attach string lights to the stucco or wood of your home, drill a hole and then hammer in a wall anchor before screwing in a hook to hang the lights. 

Materials needed

Here’s the list of what you will need to hang string lights in your outdoor space:

  • String lights
  • Measuring tape
  • Cup hooks
  • Extension cords
  • Concrete anchors
  • Power drill
  • Step ladder
  • Staple gun 

Steps involved in hanging outdoor string lighting

  1. Choose the appropriate string lights for your place.
  2. Decide where to hang the lights.
  3. Measure and mark the hook locations.
  4. Screw in the cup hooks.
  5. Hang the string lights.
  6. Plug in the outdoor string lights and enjoy your illuminated space.
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Outdoor string lights mounted in tree

Wrapping up

Outdoor string lighting is a great way to accent your outdoor space and make it look more inviting. There are a variety of different styles, colors, and shapes available to suit your tastes.

JC’s Landscaping also offers a Christmas light installation and removal service. Call us today to pricing information. Plus, when you schedule a Christmas light installation, you automatically get a coupon for $25 dollars off a leaf removal service.

 View PDF: How to Install Outdoor String Lighting

 

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