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How To Hang Festoon Lights

If you're going to leave your festoon lights outside permanently, and some of the festoon light spans you want to run are over 5 meters, then it's a great idea to use a wire hanging kit.


Because when you hang festoon lights outdoors they cop a beating from the weather, wind, or pesky children kicking balls. And the last thing you want is for your festoon lights to come crashing down, smash, explode, and shatter. What's more, you don't want the festoon light cable to break.

Even if you've got a covered patio area or garden space, it's a great idea to have multiple points of attachment for your festoon lights, so your light bulbs stay safe.

So how do you hang festoon lights without buying a heap of specialist tools, wire cutters, lock clamps, and whatever else?

Pull up a seat and let me show you in this fast-to-read article, how to quickly and easily hang your festoon lights.

  1. Access The Area You Want To Hang Your Festoon Lights

The first thing you’ll want to do with beer in hand is, go take a look at the area you want to hang your Festoon Lights.

Are you attaching to an existing structure like timber, brick, concrete, poles, or tress?

Here's why this is important:

If you're attaching to concrete or brink you'll need a wall plug to hold an eye-screw in place. Or maybe you'll use some type of Dyna-bolt.

The string light suspension kit we have has wall plugs for when you want to attach the 40mm eye-screws to brick or concrete. If you're attaching to timber, you simply drill a small pilot hole, then screw the eye-screw in.

Don't hang festoon lights off anything that may fall over.

What pattern do you want to hang lights?

When it comes to hanging festoon lights there's a few different patterns you can hang your lights in.

You could get creative with any of the following patterns:

  • Zig-zagging
  • Straight up and down
  • Cross-over
  • Fan pattern
  • Around the border
  • Hanging from a tree
  • Coming out from one corner of the building
  • V-Shape
  • W-Shape

Or maybe you'd like the festoon lighting to spell out the initials of your name. (Call me and we'll bespoke your name in lights.)

The best way to work out your festoon lighting pattern is to roughly draw your area onto a piece of paper, then start adding lines to the page. Play with the patterns until you get something you love.

  1. Attach Your Anchor Points Your Eye-Screws

Once you’ve worked out where you want to start and finish your Festoon lighting, and what pattern you're using, you can install mounting hardware, by attaching eye screws.

Once your anchor point is attached, like in the picture below. You then pull the stainless-steel cable through these eye screws. We use a 1.6mm cable wire.

Anchor point to hang festoon lights
  1. Attach Your Stainless-Steel Wire Cable And Tighten

At one end of the stainless-steel wire we supply, there’s a loop already made for you. You’ll attach that loop to the turnbuckle we supply. Then, you've got an easy way to tighten up the line.

Thread your cable through your eye-screws.

To secure it at the other end we supply a Quicklink. The Quicklink locks the stainless-steel cable in place for you so you don’t have to swage it.

The Quicklink has a rachet system inside of it. You feed the cable in one side, then back through the other side, and the rachet system stops the wire cable from coming back out. Yes, it's handy because no tools are required.

You then pull the wire cable as tight as you want it. You can always use your turnbuckle to tighten up the stainless-steel wire cable a little more.

You can see the Quicklink in the photo right below.

tightening the wire cable
  1. Attach Your Festoon Cable

Using cable ties, you attach the Festoon Lighting cable to the steel wire, then you cut off the excess cable tie so it's nice and neat.

Some people like to tie the festoon cable between light bulb sockets to the cable wire keeping the lines super-neat and tidy.

You can use snap hooks instead of cable ties, snap hooks stand out, cable ties vanish into the black festoon cable. At the end of the day, use what makes you happy with your string lights.

hanged festoon lights
  1. Put Your Bulbs In

You're getting close now to enjoy the soft glow beautiful festoon lighting in your outdoor area.

When it comes to screwing in the light bulbs...

Make sure the bulbs screw in all the way, so it’s nice and tight. When the bulbs are in tight they form a water-proof seal with the festoon lights socket.

If the bulbs aren't in tight enough, you'll know about it after it's rained and you've got water in your light bulbs.

Once all your light bulbs are in you can turn on your festoon lights and enjoy your beautiful entertaining area.

If you’re going to leave your Festoon lights up permanently, the way I've just shown you how to hang your festoon lights is an easy way to hang them.

And if you've got our kit with all the parts, it's even easier for you.

What Happens If You Don't Use A Kit To Hang Festoon Lights

Our Festoon lights hanging kits come with everything you need to attach your string lights.

The eye-screws go into timber, concrete, and brick surfaces. The turnbuckle and Quicklink make it easy to attach and tighten your cable wire.

If you want to use trees or poles or anything else as anchor points get in contact with us and we can make it up for you or show you how to do it.

The thing is...

The last thing you want is to find your bulbs hanging down in your garden or patio because you hung your festoon lights without any support cable.

Festoon lights create a beautiful focal point in your outdoor entertaining area, so you want to make sure you've set them up well and they stay in place.

You can buy your Festoon Hanging Kit right here.

What About Solar Festoon Lights?

There are no reported cases that I'm aware of with solar festoon lights outlasting 24V low voltage or 240V festoon lights.

If you're throwing solar festoon lights out every few years because they failed, is that environmentally friendly?

What If My Outdoor Area Has Nowhere To Attach Festoon Lights Too?

You can create tall supports for the festoon lights by cementing a 4-inch post into a bucket or big pot. Yes, it's a little extra work, however, you've now got somewhere to hang your festoon lights off.

Here is a quick video from me on how you can hang festoon lights. If you need more information, I am always there to help you out.

We Supply Festoon Hanging Kits With All The Parts You Need

Our Festoon hanging kits have everything you need to attach to timber, concrete and brick surfaces.

For trees or poles or anything else contact us and we can make it up for you.

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