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How To: Outdoor Holiday Lights

Outdoor Holiday Lights

Getting Started

Hanging outdoor lights for the holidays may seem like a big task, but it doesn’t have to be. Make the project easier by using Arrow’s T59 Insulated Cable Staple Gun to light up your home for the holidays. Don’t forget to grab a pair of safety goggles and gloves (optional) before getting started!

You Will Need

Materials Needed

OTHER TOOLS

  • Ladder
  • Tape measure

Other Materials

  • Outdoor holiday lights
  • Holiday garland - We used more than 200 feet of artificial holiday garland and lights.
  • Outdoor extension cord(s) - These should be heavy-duty weatherproof and sized to run from your outlets to the lights.
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Start Repairing

Step 1

Locate your outdoor receptacle(s) to decide where to start hanging the lights. Remember to use a heavy-duty outdoor extension cord so your lights can handle any weather conditions.

Locate your outdoor receptacle(s) to decide where to start hanging the lights. Remember to use a heavy-duty outdoor extension cord so your lights can handle any weather conditions.

Step 2

Next, figure out how many feet of lights and garland you’ll need by measuring the area you’re planning to decorate. If you’re working with a large space, enlist a helping hand for this step. We chose to decorate the front porch of our home, so we needed more than 200 feet of garland and outdoor lights. To create a continuous strand, we used lights with male and female connectors.

Next, figure out how many feet of lights and garland you’ll need by measuring the area you’re planning to decorate. If you’re working with a large space, enlist a helping hand for this step. We chose to decorate the front porch of our home, so we needed more than 200 feet of garland and outdoor lights. To create a continuous strand, we used lights with male and female connectors.

Step 3

After you have determined the length and amount of light strands needed, plug them in to make sure all lights are working. You can find bulb replacements at most local hardware stores, and replacing them takes only a few minutes.

After you have determined the length and amount of light strands needed, plug them in to make sure all lights are working. You can find bulb replacements at most local hardware stores, and replacing them takes only a few minutes.

Step 4

Now wrap the lights around the garland. After the holidays are over, keep the strands wrapped together and store until next season.

Now wrap the lights around the garland. After the holidays are over, keep the strands wrapped together and store until next season.

Step 5

Time to hang the decorations! Make certain that no lights are plugged into the outlets while securing to your porch. Use Arrow’s T59 insulated cable staple gun to secure the strands, fastening every 6 to 8 inches for a secure hold. We chose this tool because it has a wire guide and shoots insulated staples, which attach the lights without crimping the wiring. The 5/16” x 5/16” staples should be large enough for most light strands and garland.

Time to hang the decorations! Make certain that no lights are plugged into the outlets while securing to your porch. Use Arrow’s T59 insulated cable staple gun to secure the strands, fastening every 6 to 8 inches for a secure hold. We chose this tool because it has a wire guide and shoots insulated staples, which attach the lights without crimping the wiring. The 5/16” x 5/16” staples should be large enough for most light strands and garland.

Step 6

Step back and enjoy your handiwork! When the season winds down, use Arrow’s SL24D staple lifter to remove the staples with ease.

Step back and enjoy your handiwork! When the season winds down, use Arrow’s SL24D staple lifter to remove the staples with ease.

Finished Product

We’d love to see how your outdoor holiday lights look on your home! Share your results on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter by using #MadeWithArrow or tagging Arrow Fastener.

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