How to Set Up Hanging Patio Lights

hanging patio lightsOnce you’ve purchased your hanging patio lights, you can have them professionally installed for a fee — or you can install certain types yourself.  It’s a simple process, but one that requires some careful thought, so don’t rush into setting up your patio lights before you’ve done some considering about where and how to hang them.

You do not want direct glare from the lights, so unless they are completely muted, you’ll want to place or angle the lights so they will never shine right in your eyes.  Determine where you’ll be sitting on your patio and hang the lights accordingly.  You also don’t want the light to go into your neighbors’ yards, so find a place in between your yard and theirs for the lights to shine.  Consider tucking them slightly into some overhead foliage, or wrap them around low-hanging branches so the leaves will redirect the light.

Try not to secure hanging patio lights with sharp things like tacks or nails, as you run the risk of pushing through the wires or causing damage to the lights or the objects on which they are hanging.  The best thing to do is drape the lights over branches or loop them around a beam; if that is not possible, see if you can tie them up with twine or fasten them with wire.

Remember to set up the strings of hanging patio lights before you install the bulbs (unless the bulbs are pre-installed and it cannot be helped).  This prevents breakage and allows you to experiment more freely with hanging positions and designs.  If the bulbs are pre-installed, you should always test the string of lights to make sure none of the bulbs need to be replaced.  And finally, take your hanging patio lights down during extremely cold temperatures to avoid damage.

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