4th of July is the perfect time of year to update your patio, deck or porch. One of the easiest, most festive upgrades out there is string lights! These twinkling, cheery lights have been popping up everywhere we look, from restaurants and bars to everyone’s own backyard. With the vintage lighting trend continuing to rise, there are tons of interesting shapes and sizes of light bulbs that you can use. Assembling string lights can be done in just a few steps.
First, you’ll want to purchase string light sockets. You can find these at most home supply stores or on websites like Amazon. Be sure to measure the space where you plan to hang these before buying.
Next, buy the right amount of bulbs. It’s always a good idea to get a few extra, so that you can easily replace one if needed. Westinghouse offers a ton of great options in different shapes and sizes. Just remember to check that the bulbs you are choosing can be used outside. As a general rule, it’s best to hang your string lights under a covered patio or bring them inside if it’s going to be rainy. Depending on the look you’re going for, below are a few options:
Globe shape bulbs have a very charming, rustic vibe
These small, rounded bulbs are a good option for when you are hanging a lot of strings. You’ll be able to layer them to create a twinkling, warm canopy. Plus, they’re LED, so they’ll last for years!
For a classic, traditional look, use a B11 torpedo bulb. These bulbs are Filament LED, meaning you get all the energy and time saving benefits of LED technology with the vintage feel of an incandescent bulb.
We recommend hanging the strings before installing the bulbs. This will ensure you don’t break any bulbs. To hang, you can use wire to attach them to eye hooks that you’ve put in the areas of your space where you want to anchor the strings.
Think about your layout. Do you want a linear design or do you want more of a relaxed, laid-back crisscross of strings?
Once you’ve hung the strings, it’s time for the fun part. Screw in all of your bulbs and watch your patio, porch or deck glow!
Enjoy your Independence Day!