How to Hang Outdoor String Lights - Backyard Boss
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How to Hang Outdoor String Lights

Outdoor string lights can be a great addition to almost any type of backyard or interior decor. They have a way of bringing an air of merriment and wonder to a space and are relatively inexpensive. It makes them a great option if you are trying to bring a little bit of fresh design to an outdoor living space without spending a lot of money.

In this article, we have laid out a step-by-step guide to hanging string lights. By knowing some of the best ways to get your lights put up, you can make sure they look clean and professional instead of haphazard.

Choosing a Type of String Lights

Multiple String Lights
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One of the most important things you can do when you decide to hang outdoor string lights is choosing the type. There are many different options available to you, and pick one that will work for your outdoor living space is essential.

You can get string lights that have larger bulbs or small bulbs, and there is also a wide variety of bulb shapes that you can choose from. We recommend that no matter what type of string lights you choose, you get a set that uses LED outdoor lights instead of incandescent. LED outdoor lights will not burn out after an extended period. They also will not heat up, which is crucial if hanging them indoors.

What You Need

You will need a few items before you begin hanging your light string. For this project, you will need:

  • Lights of your choosing
  • Anchors
  • Thin extension cord
  • Hammer

Step 1: Decide Where to Hang Them

Threading Eye Hook
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Before you begin this project, the first thing you should do is think long and hard about where you will put your light string up. The location of your lighting will have a lot to do with how they transform the outdoor space. For example, if you hang your lights outside, make sure you put them somewhere that they will not get rained on or blown around by the wind.

You should also make sure that your light string doesn’t hang down to the point where it would be low enough for someone to hit their head on it. Having a nice combination of prominence and keeping them out of the way is key. Hang them as high up as you can so they can light the area fully.

Step 2: Install Anchors

String Lights Sitting on Ground
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The types of anchors you use are very important. You can use eye hooks that screw into the wall, thumbtacks, or even nails if you like. However, one of the best anchors for this kind of project is a wall-hanging eye hook anchor that has an adhesive backing. These are meant to hold large picture frames and are transparent because they can hold the lights without being too conspicuous.

Mount your eye hook anchors 5-7 inches apart along the surface you will hang your light string. It will give you enough space in between to let the lights hang down and give you a consistent pattern.

Step 3: Hang the Lights

Extension Cord on Ground
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Once your anchors are hung, you can begin to hang your patio string lights. String them between the anchors with about 2 inches of slack. Make sure you leave enough room to allow the power cord to be hidden.

The plug for the lights should reach the ground, so you don’t have to mount the extension cord. Careful planning of how your strings of lights will be hung will give you enough space to make them look tidy.

Step 4: Wire up the Power

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After you have hung your twinkle lights, you can then plug the strands of lights in. Use your small extension cord and run it along the wall to where the plug for the lights is located.

If you are able, use a power outlet that is connected to a light switch. It will allow you to turn your string lights on and off without having to constantly be plugging and unplugging your extension cord.

Hang String Lights for an Enchanting Look

String lights are a simple way to bring a little extra magic to a space. Plus, they are easy enough to install that you won’t have to spend a lot of time putting them up. It makes them a great option for all kinds of people and all different types of spaces.

Do you have tips for hanging string lights that you have used and love? Let us know about it in the comment section below!