How can anyone not love the unique dash of ambiance that string lights put into a space? And even if it is, the cases are pretty rare. Because this little inexpensive lighting thing can be a great way to utilize your creative sides and make a number of spots better than it originally was. And one great example is outdoor space.
You see, we are usually more into getting the indoor décor right on track. And so, quite a few of us are guilty of not giving our outdoor deck, patio as well as stucco a chance to become beautiful.
Today let’s talk about how to hang outdoor string lights on stucco and turn it into a piece of beauty with some really cool ideas. The hanging process is surely important, you’ll know why just keep on reading.
Let’s Find Out How to Hang Outdoor String Lights on Stucco
As I was saying, the hanging thing is a pretty significant job to mull over. Because hanging lights outside is not something you can do every day. If it is not done properly, you need to keep on adjusting and the whole mood of beautification soon becomes a reason for annoyance. You know how to hang outdoor string lights on deck and so, this must be easier to grasp. But hey, both are quite different in a few areas.
When it comes to a deck, you can readjust it again and again. But with stucco, that’s annoying. And so, getting things better at one go should be the best thing to do. That’s why, even if it’s a mere process of literally hanging something, let’s talk in detail. I’ll try to add some useful tips to make it less boring.
Using Glue to Attach the Light
First, you need to make sure there’s no Styrofoam backing with your stucco. This thing can melt easily due to hot glue. And you don’t want that to happen by any means. To check the existence of the Styrofoam backing, simply tap on your stucco. If there’s a pretty loud sound, then the process is pretty safe to proceed with. However, if it does not, then try using glue that can melt at low temperatures. Also, make sure you use a glue gun with low-temperature settings. Glues that come with pretty strong adhesive properties are also best to avoid.
If the stucco has paint on, attaching lights can make it peel. You can still try sticking the lights on areas that doesn’t have paint for safe results. in case there’s no such area unpainted, then simply use some plastic roof clips.
Start by detaching the light bulbs from string before any installation. So that you can easily attach the string to stucco. This also helps to avoid getting glue on bulbs. Once you are done with gluing and it stays pretty firm in place, screw the bulb back.
Now bring the first empty bulb socket and apply a very tiny bead of glue to side. This side we’ll work on, needs to be on the very opposite of the socket’s clip. If you mistakenly apply glue onto the socket’s base then there’s a good chance of facing difficulty while removal. And this can eventually result in making the socket detach its cord.
Before actually applying the glue make sure to wait for two minutes so that gun can have enough time to heat up. Then also need to lightly apply pressure on the trigger button of glue gun. Another thing to take care of is holding the light socket to wall for at least five seconds. Make sure to firmly press with the wall. As soon as the glue dries off, you can remove it.
You want to press very gently on the socket to make sure it’s stuck to wall properly. In a clockwise or counterclockwise manner, keep on working around the home. You should not skip any light while doing so. Also, make sure to maintain a similar distance between each light socket.
If you make a mistake with a light socket, simply remove it from the wall. And then heat that glue to make it soft enough for easily scraping off. This will however leave a little bit of residue behind. So, your best bet is to try placing it accurately in the first go.
Going with Double-Sided Tape
The surface that will hold light first needs to be cleaned properly. Go with TSP or tri-sodium phosphate for cleaning. You can also get some rubbing alcohol in its place. You’ll find both in big box stores or quite a few online suppliers. Your local pharmacy can also have these.
Apply a very slight amount on a dry cloth. It would be better to have a microfiber fabric to do so. Then gently wipe the stucco’s surface.
Now you want to get the back of double-sided tape off. Carefully attach the tape to first light’s backside. Press the tape firmly against light. Do so for at least thirty seconds. So that the tape can get a proper seal.
You want to ensure the tape is capable of holding weight. The best adhesion should be capable of holding lights without making a fall. Also, for areas that are prone to be windy, the double-sided tape works better, compared to plastic roof clips.
The remaining side of tape needs to be removed as well. Now you want to press the light on your stucco’s wall. Once again give it a firm press for at least thirty seconds. So that the tape can be stuck well with wall.
You can continue with the same process for attaching all lights to stucco. Going either clockwise or counterclockwise will keep the process less complicated.
And we are done with knowing how to hang outdoor string lights on stucco. You can now go ahead to decorate your stucco walls with some beautiful bright lights. Adding a glowing strong light into the backyard will make whole place more like a statement.
This easy addition to the spot will be enough of an effort to impress your guests. The layout and the color of lights are something you need to decide on your own depending on what preference you’ve got. Good Luck with That!