As we near the end of 2020, hanging outdoor string lights continues to trend. We first noticed this up and coming outdoor living trend in 2015 and 2016. Five years running strong, and this trend has turned in to a backyard staple. If you’ve held off on adding these magical round string lights over your patio, deck, or landscape, consider them now, especially with the pandemic and cancellations of a variety of events.
But where do you start? What lights do you buy? How do you hang outdoor string lights?
If these decisions are overwhelming, choose our expert LED outdoor lighting team. When you choose Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we’ll answer all your questions. But you’ll need to answer just one, where do you want them?
Never Ask How to Hang String Lights Again
There are many steps to hanging string lights. If you’re determined to do-it-yourself, follow these steps carefully. OR just call our team to schedule a design consultation.
Step One: Choose where you want your bistro lights.
Step Two: Choose the pattern you want for installation. Fan, crisscross, straight rows, or otherwise.
Step Three: Figure out where the lights will connect and plugin. Your house? A post? A tree? A deck railing?
Step Four: Install new posts if needed.
Step Five: Measure.
Step Six: Measure a second time. (Measure twice, so you don’t have to run out and buy one more strand or more guidewire.)
Step Seven: Figure out how you will attach the lights so you can buy the proper tools and connectors.
Step Eight: Buy lights, guidewire, tools, and connectors.
Step Nine: Find the stud for any connection points on your home’s exterior to be sure your lights are secure.
Step Ten: Begin with wire to lead from a power source to the first strand of lights. Bury wire that runs across the ground and disguise it along your home’s siding or fascia.
Step Eleven: String guide wire in your chosen lighting design pattern.
Step Twelve: Attach lights to guide wires.
Step Thirteen: Turn lights on.
Step Fourteen: Troubleshoot drooping lights, lights not working, mismatched bulbs, poles falling, lines falling, and electrical glitches.
Step Fifteen: Replace bulbs as they burn out or fail. Replace light strands every year or so as big box store’s string lights can’t withstand year-round weather and use.
Alternatively – save yourself a lot of hassle…
How NOT to Hang String Lights Yourself
Step One: Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington. With a little input about design from you, our team will handle the rest. Yes, All of it! Including bulb replacements. And best of all our commercial-quality outdoor LED string lights come with a five-year warranty! That is five-years that you can count on them to last. Call today we look forward to working with you.