How to Hang Festoon Lights

Hanging festoon lights can be a great way to add ambiance and a festive touch to your commercial or residential space. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to hang festoon lights:

1. Plan your layout

Start by deciding where you want to hang the festoon lights and how you want them to be arranged. Consider the length of the lights, the available power source, and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. To get more information on this take a look at our guide to how much length you might need and best patterns to hang festoon lights in.


2. Gather your materials

You’ll need the festoon lights, extension cords (if needed), a support wire (stainless steel), hooks, clips, or other hanging hardware, and possibly a ladder or step stool.

3. Locate a power source

Find a suitable power source near the area where you want to hang the festoon lights. Ensure the power source is easily accessible and has enough capacity to handle the often-higher wattages of the festoon lights.


3. Install a support wire or hooks / clips

Depending on the type of surface you’re working with, install hooks or clips to hang the lights. For outdoor use, you may need to use weather-resistant hooks or clips. Place them at regular intervals to support the length of the lights.

If using a support wire, it is best to fix this to a solid structure and using turnbuckles you can tension this wire up to the desired level and then fix the festoon to this using simple cable ties.

5. Hang the Festoon Lights

Begin at one end and secure the festoon lights to the wire, hooks or clips. Work your way along the designated path, making sure the lights are evenly spaced. Use the built-in hooks or attachment points on the lights if they have them or zip tie neatly on either side of the festoon sockets.


6. Secure any loose sections

If there are areas where the lights sag or hang too loosely, use additional hooks or clips to secure them in place. This will help maintain a consistent appearance and prevent the lights from swaying too much.

7. Test the lights

Once everything is hung, plug in the festoon lights to ensure they are working properly. Check for any loose connections or bulbs that need to be replaced.


8. Make adjustments

Step back and assess the overall appearance of the lights. If necessary, make any adjustments to the spacing or positioning to achieve the desired effect.

9. Ensure safety

Finally, make sure all electrical connections are secure, and any extension cords or wiring are safely tucked away to avoid tripping hazards or exposure to the elements.


Remember to always prioritize safety when working with electrical equipment and ensure that you follow any specific instructions provided with the festoon lights purchased.