How To Hang Lights On Patio Ceiling Installations (DIY Step-By-Step w/ Videos)

Do you have a covered patio that’s in need of a little sprucing up?

Are you looking for an easy DIY lighting solution for your patio needs?

Have you always wished you could have soft lighting outside so you can enjoy fresh air after the sun goes down?

If so, you’re in the right place!

In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to hang lights on patio ceiling installations. You’ll find out the easiest ways to put up patio lighting without having to worry about cutting up your ceiling or learning anything about complicated electrician wiring, either.

Installing patio lighting is a great idea for many reasons, including:

  • Patio lighting makes it easier to enjoy your patio at all times of the day and night.
  • This type of lighting makes entertaining guests outdoors even easier.
  • Your patio will look great and be much more comfortable to use with simple patio lighting in place.

With so many excellent reasons to try hanging your own patio lighting, you’re sure to love the end results! This is a simple and fun DIY project you’ll enjoy from start to finish, so be sure you give it a try if you’re looking to improve the appeal of your patio, porch, or other similar outdoor space.

Materials Needed

This is an easy task that doesn’t require a lot of materials or prep work to get the job done. Make sure you have someone else on hand to help out as needed and hold your ladder steady!

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  • Choose between LED and traditional lighting
  • Pick between colored, soft white, or bright white
  • Select the type of cord or strip lighting style you want
  • Staple gun and plastic staples
  • Never use metal staples for hanging lighting
  • Optional: Cord covers
  • Grounded outdoor plug with a reset button


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    First, you need to determine the type of light you want to hang. You may want to go with LED lights that are less likely to burn out quickly, or you might want to go with more traditional “Christmas” style lights, depending on your style preferences. Either way, be sure to choose lights that are powered by electricity and not by batteries, for best results.
  • 2
    Depending on the type of light you choose to hang, your installation process may be a little bit different. Either way, however, you’re first going to need to measure the length of lighting you need to cover the space you’re looking to cover.
  • 3
    For example, if you want to hang lights only on the perimeter of your covered patio ceiling, you’ll need to measure the perimeter. On the other hand, if you also want to add stripes of lighting down the center of the patio ceiling, you need to add this length to your measurement for accuracy.
  • 4
    Now that you know how much lighting length you need, you can purchase your lights. Pick up the color and style you’re looking for and ensure all your lights match before bringing them home.
  • 5
    Plug in all your lights to be sure they’re working before you hang them.
  • 6
    If you’re hanging strips of LED lighting, they should have come with their own adhesive for hanging purposes. If not, read the enclosed directions, as they should tell you how to safely nail or staple them to the ceiling or walls. Some types of LED lights can be put up differently than others, so make sure you read the directions that come with yours for safety purposes.
  • 7
    If you’re using more traditional string-style lights, whether LED or not, use your staple gun and grounded plastic staples to hang the lights. Place staples so that they do not puncture the lighting strands whatsoever. Since they are plastic staples, this is much safer than using metal staples for this purpose.
  • 8
    Plug the strands of lights into each other as needed to get the length you’re looking for. Plan your hanging technique so that the plugs are hidden in corners and other out-of-the-way locations around the perimeter of the patio ceiling.
  • 9
    If you really want to hide the cords, you can purchase plastic covers to hide cords and match the color of your ceiling. These, too, should come with directions to tell you how to properly install them. However, for a more rustic outdoor look, you can leave your lighting cords exposed. If they are outdoor-safe lights, this is fine.
  • 10
    Once your lights are all in place, plug them into an outdoor, grounded switch with a reset button. This is the safest type of plug to use for any outdoor lighting or other outside items.
  • 11
    Congratulations! Your patio or porch is lit and ready to go!


Are you ready to hang your beautiful new patio lighting? As you can see, it’s very easy to take care of this job in just a short amount of time, and you can even do it without assistance, as long as you’re careful going up and down your ladder. This is a simple DIY task that almost anyone can complete without worry, and it is sure to beautify your outdoor space even if you’re working on a budget, too.

As long as you follow the guidelines listed above, you should be able to very safely hang this type of lighting outside without consulting an electrician first. You should only need to worry about speaking to an electrician if you’re planning to wire the lighting into your existing electrical current rather than plugging it into a socket. If you don’t have a grounded, outdoor-safe plug available, then you will also need to talk to an electrician about having one put in before you can safely hang your lights outside. Putting in a safe plug for outdoor use is not a task that should be undertaken by anyone without experience in electrical wiring, so keep this in mind when determining whether or not your patio is well-suited to this type of outdoor lighting.

Don’t forget that, if you don’t have this type of plug available and don’t want to pay to have one put in, you can always use lights that are powered by battery packs instead. Just remember that you’re going to need to replace the battery packs if you choose to go this route, and that you may end up spending a lot of money on batteries as well.

No matter which option you go with, you can easily hang beautiful patio lights without having to worry about complicated electrical wiring issues and cutting holes in your ceiling.


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