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Installing Patio Lights

Patio lights serve a good purpose for your patios and even for your gardens as they add elegance and a warm glow either for daily use or for special occasions. This traditional type of lighting is available in a wide array of colors and styles. With these lights, you can enjoy staying in your patio after the sunset.

These lightings illuminate your patio at night thus providing sophistication and promoting safety at the same time. They are available in the market nowadays. All that you have to do is to choose the style and have it installed in your patio. You can do this by simply following these steps:

  1. Measure the area where you’ll be installing the patio lights. Decide on how much illumination you want. Choose whether you are after the ambiance or if you are using the light to have your entire patio illuminated. If you just wish to set up a mood, there’s no need to purchase a lot of lights. You can position them in areas that allow them to create unique shadows.
  2. Choose the type of lighting that you want. These lights can be bought from any home development center. They come in different styles and colors – enabling you to choose what you really want.
  3. Lay out the lights along the floor of the patio to assess the spacing you want. After establishing how you’re going to place them, you can now proceed with the installation.
  4. Screw in attractive hooks alongside the patio railing or use electric staples to grip the wirings in place. Insert the staples or screws following a 12-inch interval.
  5. Use extension cords to plug the lights into the closest outdoor receptacle. You can hide the cord by arranging it through the flower beds, shrubs or about 2 inches beneath the dirt.

Installing patio lights is actually not a hard thing to do if you have some knowledge on lighting installations. If you know how to install them, doing this yourself is cheaper than hiring labor. The solar light is also a good option for your patio.

Designing Your Backyard Landscape

Patio lights can help you finish the look and style of your backyard. They are just the finishing touches however in the entire design of the landscape and ”lightscape” of your backyard.  When designing your backyard landscape, you will want to focus first on the natural parts of your backyard. Is there a rock outcropping? A close grove of trees might also have to be planned around as well. Perhaps there might be an area where the grass is not growing so well? Each of these things needs to be planned for when designing a backyard landscape.

Planning Around The Natural Variations of Backyard Landscape

So what can you do if you have trees growing fairly close to each other? One thing to do is to make a nice garden out of the ground. With the trees growing there, they will soak up a lot of water. This may or may not allow you to grow a thick, lush lawn under the trees. So your better option is to remove any sod under the trees and plant some bushes and some flowers. Cover the rest of the area with mulch and you’ve now turned an area of patchy grass and bare soil into something beautiful. The same type of thinking can go into other areas of your landscape. Just be open to new ideas on how to improve the looks of your backyard and you will have an easier time in the design phase.

Don’t Forget To Light Up Your Backyard Landscape

After installation of all the trees, rocks, bushes and the pouring of concrete and building of decks, you will want to show your masterpiece off during the day and at night. So installing the proper lighting around your property is a great way to do this. Part of this lighting design, is the ubiquitous patio lights. Make sure you include them in any “lightscape” design that you concoct.

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.