Hanging string lights doesn’t have to be a complicated task. With the help of National Hardware’s Made by Me™ Hanging Light Hardware kit, you can string up lights in an array of creative designs to suit your style and needs. Here are some tips for getting started with your project.

Clearance under hanging lights
Tip 1

Consider Clearance

Install points should be 8’-10’ off the ground to leave enough walking clearance under the lights. For a fully customizable design, install 4 x 4 beams.
hanging light wattage
Tip 2

Pay Attention to Wattage

Consider maximum wattage to prevent a power disruption. Light strings vary in wattage, so make sure you’re paying attention to this number.
check the bulbs
Tip 3

Check the Bulbs

Make sure all the bulbs are functioning properly. Check each bulb before hanging the entire string of lights. Make replacements as necessary before installing.
light hanging support wire
Tip 4

Get Support

Use the support wire included in your kit to prevent sagging. The support wire also helps for easier installation and removal. While it’s not required that the support wire be used, including it can ensure the longevity of your lights.
power source for hanging lights
Tip 5

Find a Power Source

Check for a power source before you begin planning your design. Depending on how and where you want to hang your lights, an extension cord may be required if an outlet isn’t available.

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Once you’ve taken these tips into consideration you can begin your install. Watch your hanging light design come to life and share your finished look with us. Upload a picture of your hanging light creation to social media and tag #MadexMe and  #NationalHrdware so we can see what you’ve come up with!


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