How to Install Christmas Lights on Outside Porch Awnings

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How to Install Christmas Lights on Outside Porch Awnings
Light sizes and colour varieties allow for more light display customisation. (Andy Reynolds/Lifesize/Getty Images)

You can install Christmas lights on an outside porch awning quickly and without damage. Christmas lights are commonly hung inside and outside homes in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Lights hung up out of the way are less likely to be tripped over or accidentally unplugged, so the awning that hangs over a porch is an ideal place for a light strip display. Lights on a porch awning add a sparkling accent to any home for the holiday season.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Plastic all-in-one Christmas light clips

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Read the packaging on the lights to make sure they are rated for outdoor use. Indoor light strips are easily damaged by moisture.

  2. 2

    Fully extend the outside porch awning if it is retractable. Lock it in the open position if possible.

  3. 3

    Measure the distance between bulbs on the outdoor light strip. Slide Christmas light clips onto the front and side edges of the awning spaced the same distance apart as the bulbs.

  4. 4

    Plug the Christmas lights directly into a working outlet. Search the strip for any bulbs that need to be replaced, and then unplug the light strip.

  5. 5

    Mount the Christmas lights into the clips along the top edges of the awning. Adjust the position of the clips slightly as necessary to line them up with the bulbs. A ladder may be needed to reach the top edge of the porch awning.

  6. 6

    Plug the end of the light strip directly into an outlet, or reach the outlet with an outdoor extension cord. Move the cord out of commonly used walking pathways.

Tips and warnings

  • Larger Christmas light bulbs can get hot and damage awning materials. Position the bulbs in the clips so they do not make any contact with the awning.
  • Remove the light strip and plastic light clips completely before collapsing the awning.

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