The inviting glow of our Festoon Lights can make any outdoor gathering all the more magical. And when you leave them up year-round, you’re always ready for a get-together with friends.
Hanging your string lights can be a very simple project. However, there are a few considerations you’ll want to take into account beforehand.
First, if you’re stringing your lights across the garden, rather than around the perimeter of your roofline, for example, then it’s best to secure your string lights to a tension wire for additional support.
Secondly, make sure you have secure anchor points for your light strands. Your porch roof, pergola, fence line, a tree or even an umbrella stand can all work as anchors. Look to your garden and what you currently have before running out and purchasing anything.
Measure the distance to see how many strands you’ll need. A typical purchase is usually 3 to 4 sets.
Once you’ve got your game plan — and your lights, of course — you’re ready to install. Let’s get started.
Step 1: Install the tension wire.
Make a loop on one end of the wire using wire clamps and attached the loop to our anchor point, the pergola roof, using a screw hook. Then run the wire and secure it to the second anchor point, the pole.
Step 2: Secure first end of strand lights to first anchor point.
Run part of a strand inside the top of the pergola. Depending on the type of lights you have, you may need an eye bolt. For most though, a simple screw like below is fine.
Step 3: Hang string lights from wire
To secure your festoon lights to the wire, you can use cable ties like below.
Now it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the cozy ambiance of your new outdoor lights. You should probably invite a few friends over, too and hear them chant 'Love Your Lights'