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How to Set Up Festoon Lights

With the big celebration holidays coming up, Christmas and New Years Eve, make an unforgettable event to end the year with our Festoon light hire at Party Hire Group. Whether you're planning a backyard party or at an outdoor venue, the addition of Festoon Light hire will elevate your event to the next level. With their warm, ambient glow, our Festoon light can transform any space into a magical wonderland. Perfect for outdoor gatherings, weddings, garden parties and more.

Setting up Festoon lights is easy and simple, here is a guide to walk through the steps to creating a charming vibe with our festoon lights.

Materials Needed:

  1. Festoon Lights - Ensure you hire enough to cover the entire length of the area you want to illuminate.
  2. Extension Cords - If needed, make sure you have enough extension cords to reach your outlet
  3. Outdoor hooks, clips, cable ties - You'll need something to secure festoon lights. Depending on your venue set up, you can use hooks, clips or cable ties.
  4. Wire rope - If your location doesn't have any wire to support the lights, best to have a wired rope or keep the distance between fixings under 7m apart if a support wire isn't being used.
  5. Power Source - identify a suitable power source nearby and plan around that.
  6. Ladder - required to hang the lights at your desired height.
Items needed to set up Festoon lights

Steps to Set up Festoon lights:

  1. Plan Your Design/Layout:
    Before jumping into setting up, take some time to plan how you want your festoon lights to look. Consider the layout of the area and locations where you'd want to hang the lights. Look for potential fixing points of your location, trees, tall fence posts, and the sides of houses are great fixing points. There are several patterns you can do such as X, V, zig-zag, parallel or pinwheel, this all depends on your set up location.

    Tip: Fixing points should be less than 7m apart if you're not using support wires

    Festoon lighting set up methods
  2. Test the Lights:
    At Party Hire Group, we always test the lights before they are ready for hire. However, it is always recommended to test them with your power source and ensure they are functioning correctly.
  3. Locate the Power Source:
    Determine where you'll be plugging in the lights and make sure you have a secure and accessible power source. Consider using extension cords for length.
  4. Hang the Lights:
    Attach your chosen hooks, clips, or cable ties to the desired locations (e.g trees, pergolas, fences, posts). The types of fixing point you need depends on factors like the design.

    If using support wires, attach the wires to your desired locations/design. Secure the lights by draping them over the hooks or through the clips.

    Best to keep the light stretched but not too tight. You can have a gentle sag in the strings to create a relaxed look to your display.

    Our festoon lights already have the bulbs attached so you don't need to screw each bulb.

    Note: We don't provide installation and setup or any of the other accessories you require for setup.

    A Festoon light after being setup
  5. Secure and Space the lights:
    As you go along, periodically step back to assess your progress and ensure the lights are evenly spaced. Adjust the placement if necessary.
  6. Conceal Cords and Excess Length:
    Make sure the extension cords and any excess festoon light lengths are hidden or secured to avoid tripping hazards.
  7. Enjoy the Ambiance:
    Now that your festoon lights are set up, it's time to sit back and enjoy the magical atmosphere together with your friends and family. Our festoon lights can transform any outdoor space into a captivating one. Though it may take some time and effort to install, they nonetheless offer a breathtaking atmosphere that will make your outdoor gatherings, parties, weddings even better.
A beautiful example of Festoon lighting