Fun DIY Outdoor Lighting
Cooler weather makes it more appealing to be outside after the sun goes down, and do-it-yourself lighting projects can add a distinctive flair to outdoor gatherings. Mainstream Electric has ways to power your tomorrow and help make your backyard the place to be on autumn evenings with these great DIY backyard lighting ideas.
One of the keys to enjoying your yard or porch during fall is to have appropriate lighting to suit the mood or activity. Here are some tips on how to design the perfect lighting setup for your outdoor space.
Café String Lights
Cafe string lights are an easy way to add some serious ambiance to an outdoor space. These lights come at a variety of price points: you can find affordable strings at big-box stores or get heavy-duty (but more expensive) strings from specialty lighting companies or local shops.
String lights are an easy, affordable way to turn your porch into an enchanting oasis. Let them drape from the ceiling or a railing, or hang them from a wall.
Light up the Background
String lights don’t always have to steal the show. Draping them across some plants or a wall adds a lovely but subtle background touch to your outdoor gathering. Piling them into see-through bucket also makes for a pretty lantern.
Make Your Garden Glow
Pachysandra, English ivy, and other dense, sturdy plants work best for adding lights to your garden landscape. Use incandescent string lights to give your garden a lovely glow.
Magical Dinner Party
Set up a dinner table under a tall tree and let lights fall from above. They can be string lights or traditional Christmas lights. Simply tie them around the trunk of the tree and around a thick branch that can hang above your outdoor dinner table. Let the remaining lengths of the lights fall towards the table. You can make the length as long or as short as you want!
On a Garden Pergola
Use three vintage ladders to construct this sweet, mini pergola, a perfect place to hang lights or use as a backdrop for photos.
Light Up Your Trees
Create a romantic spot by twisting a string of white lights around a cluster of trees in your backyard. Not only will this create an enchanting place to sit in the evenings, but it will be charming to look at from inside your home.
Make Your Own Chandelier
Grapevine balls, white lights, twine, and a branch turn into an easy-to-make, rustic chandelier you can hang from a porch or patio.
If you’re planning to go all out for a special fall party, opt for a more extravagant look by hanging dozens of lights on a patio or porch’s ceiling. The more, the merrier for this idea! Intertwine string lines wherever you can and hang dazzling twinkle lights to create the right ambiance for your porch party!
When selecting outdoor lighting, think of how each piece of the lighting puzzle works together for your comprehensive design. That means, outdoor lighting can be limited to details, such as the step lights and wall sconces in the outdoor kitchen. Be sure to call Mainstream for any help with outlets and surge protection! Don’t overstress your electrical system with too many lights.
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