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All your questions about patio lights answered, from how to install them to where to put them. Get all our patio lighting ideas and best tips here.
Installing Patio Lights
Installing patio lights can be a difficult task for first timers, but proper planning can save you time and help you get it done more efficiently.
Use our tips below to install different types of patio lights with ease.
How to Install Hanging Patio Lights
The first thing you need to know about installing hanging lights (or string lights) is that technically you can put them anywhere you want, you just have to have the proper support.
That support can be in the form of hooks, trees, poles, etc.
If your lights don’t come with wiring, you will have to purchase or supplement that as well.
Be sure your lights are commercial grade outdoor lights.
One final tip is to be aware of your electrical outlets. If you don’t have one outside of your house you may have to resort to using one in the garage.
In either scenario, you will most likely need to make use of extension cords.
How to Install Patio Lamp Posts
Installing patio lamp posts can be quite a challenging feat. If you aren’t confident in your abilities, it’s best to hire a professional to install one for you.
The process of installing a patio lamp post yourself includes digging, pouring concrete, and underground wiring with conduit.
This process can be made easier by installing a solar powered patio lamp post instead. You eliminate the underground wiring, and potentially don’t have to pour concrete if you are able to use a ground anchor mount.
It is important to do all necessary research if you are attempting to install these yourself.
How to Install or Replace Patio Light Fixtures
Apartment Patio Lights
The best lights for apartment patios are string lights. This is because you likely can’t install lights that would require structural changes.
For string lights, you may not even need equipment to hang them.
You can string them around the balcony and hang them over top other structures if you want them to be above your head.
Be sure to double check your complex’s policies to see if they allow such decorations before proceeding.
How to Install Patio Motion Sensor Lights
Motion sensor patio lights can replace your old outdoor lighting fixtures. It just requires you to know how to wire them.
It should be a fairly simple process if you’ve done anything like it before. (Simply matching up the new wires to where the old wires were).
But a very important tip is that you must make sure your power is off before installing the new lights. You may also want to double-check with a voltage meter to make sure there are no live wires (wires with power) even after disconnecting power to your old light.
If messing with wiring and electrical work is too advanced for you, you may try looking at motion sensor light bulbs, an all-in-one solution.
DIY Patio Lighting Guide
The most popular styles of patio lights are hanging or string lights, lamp posts, and motion sensor ones.
The good news is that they can all be installed on your own with little materials required (and sometimes little effort).
However, for some more complicated installations you may consider hiring a professional. As the saying goes, better safe than sorry, so don’t feel pressured to do something yourself if you’re not confident in your abilities.
Be sure to do plenty of research as well as gather plenty of measurements before you begin any project to prevent mistakes further down the line.