September 19, 2017

Hanging string lights: An illuminating guide

Let there be light!
Attempting to get things done outside in the dark is both counterproductive and stressful. Unfortunately, installing lights can get a bit pricey, especially if you hire an electrician. One way to brighten up dark areas at a cheap price, particularly a porch or patio, is to invest in some string lights. Easy to assemble, string lights are the best option to fill any lighting void. Use this step-by-step guide to have your outdoor setting kindled with light in no time.

Step by step, day by day

1) Gather up a ladder (if needed), string lights, nail-in wire clips, an extension card and clips.

2) Calculate the perimeter of your porch to determine how long your string lights need to be. String lights come in an assortment of lengths, so make sure to check the information on the packaging beforehand.

3) Connect the extension cord to your exterior outlet. If you don’t have an exterior outlet, find the nearest indoor outlet, but secure the cord to the wall to avoid having it out in the open.

4) Place the lights on the brim of the porch, leaving enough leeway to reach the end of the extension cord. Attach the string lights using the nail-in wire clips you should have obtained.

5) Connect the ends of the string lights until they embrace the entire porch.

Things to keep in mind

If you follow these simple steps, you will no longer be forced inside come nightfall. There are a few things to keep in mind, however, in order to ensure you get the most out of your patio lights.

If you’re not tight on money, consider investing in some “big-brand name” string lights. Though they might posses a heftier price tag, they are more durable and will last you longer. In the process of hanging your string lights, you might get frustrated with how often they tangle. To avoid this problem, leave the string lights in their original packaging until you have to use them.

Try to avoid going over 15 amps per circuit – doing so might result in some unfortunate circumstances. Use the outlet you plug the string lights into STRICTLY for the lights to decrease the chances of a problem occurring. To determine the amount of amps in a circuit, divide the total number of watts by 120 volts, the typical number in American households.

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