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Globe String Lights - on the Deck

Monday, July 16, 2012


We have wanted to add string lights to our deck for some time now. A few weekends ago, my husband and I finally tackled this project.  Or should I say, he tackled it - I supervised ;).  We originally planned to get our lights from Lowes, but they were out.  Next stop was Target.  Sometimes things are just meant to be because Target's price was much better than Lowes and I believe they are on sale now - so run! 


We played around with several different ways to hang the lights.  I really like to see them strung loosely, but with our ceiling fan on the deck, this wouldn't work. 

Once we had a plan, the lights were quickly hung with a staple gun. 

Because these lights are paper thin glass, we removed them before hanging.  Once the strings were in place we added the lights.  I'm pretty sure this averted what could have turned out to be a disaster.  Once cold weather arrives, we might just take the lights down for the season.


Now we can enjoy evenings on the deck with the perfect amount of indirect lighting.  By the way, I am not a fan of ceiling fans - or should I say, I'm not a ceiling fan fan, ha - but we would not be able to enjoy our deck nearly as much without it.  Not only does the cool breeze combat hot & humid Southern summers, but it also keeps mosquitoes and other pests away.  Is it pretty?  No, but it works.


21 comments:

  1. Your porch is so pretty Rene. I love the addition of the lights, and you answered my question whether you'd leave them up year round or take them down. I always wondered about that. I'd be out there all the time. And I think your ceiling fan blends in really nicely. Enjoy the new lights!

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  2. Looks so pretty! I probably wouldn't have thought to remove the bulbs first... :) I'll have to remember that.

    ps. fans are a necessary evil here in the south, huh? :)

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  3. i got the globe lights at target, too and hung them on my porch and LOVE them! of course, i was not smart and didn't unscrew the bulbs as i hung.... yeah, you know how that ended. back to target for another strand. ;)
    LOVE the set up with the chairs- too cute!

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  4. Gorgeous! I would love to see a night shot. Your table and chairs are lovely!

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  5. OMG! I tried this (with lights) and they are soo paper thin. Broke 3, made a mess, got glass in my hand. Ugh! Gave up.

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  6. Such a pretty addition to your charming porch! I bet the ambiance even makes the humidity bearable in the evenings! :)

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  7. They look great! Be careful with the lights though, we bought them and the slightest bump {or gust of wind} would make some bulbs go out.. within a week of putting them out on our deck the whole thing just stopped working - not fun! Hopefully for you, they are a little more durable and last longer!

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  8. Great addition to your deck, Rene! You must take a photo at dusk or dark so we can see what nice ambiance the lights provide. By the way, I am totally a fan of ceiling fans. I don't think they are unattractive really, and they are a must in the South, indoors and out.
    Claudia

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  9. Thanks everybody! I tried taking a picture at dusk and it turned out very blurry. My camera isn't very fancy, but maybe I should keep trying. Any advice?

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  10. Love your deck! You have great style! I have the same chairs in my dining room and just hung those exact string lights in my porch! :)

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  11. Purdy....and yes I don't like them either...but for outside or a porch...a must have to keep bugs and other small annoying varmints away....nicely styled of course :)

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  12. I got my globe lights at Target too! So smart to remove the bulbs while hanging them - we had a few mishaps. I wish we had a ceiling fan outside - I'm not a fan either but I'll take a fan over dealing with mosquitos any day!

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  13. For dusk/dark sky photos are you using a tripod? If not, that should help some. There should be a setting on your digital camera for nighttime photos too. Good luck. Would love to see it!
    Claudia

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  14. Wonderful addition! What a lovely sitting area you have. I like the look of small lights or lanterns outdoors. It really changes the ambiance.

    leslie

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  15. Looks so pretty out on the deck.ENJOY!!

    Pattie

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  16. It looks amazing. Love the whole porch and the lights just added the final touch...wonderful!!

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  17. Love the little globe lights! Whenever we are able to actually build ourselves a deck and pergola, I would love to have some of these to light it.

    I also detest the look of ceiling fans! Why can't they be attractive? We have them in every room upstairs though because no one has AC in the Bay Area...

    Your outdoor table looks so pretty and inviting!

    -Lane

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  18. I love the lights, Rene! And the fan is pretty much invisible, as far as I'm concerned. Comfort is certainly paramount in the deep South! :)

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  19. I'm not a fan of ceiling fans either, but I know what you mean about them adding necessary air to make the outdoors more bearable. I am, however, a fan of globe lights. They remind me of outdoor Italian dining.

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  20. Love the lights! It looks like you have such a nice private paradise!

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  21. One of those little changes that makes such a difference. Enjoy your sparkly summer nights!

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