Adding String Patio Lights To the Pergola - Glamorizing Part II

Hey Friends!

I am SOOOO excited about this next addition to Glamorizing the Pergola!

I kid you not, I spent around 4 hours researching and finding the BEST deal on the NICEST looking good quality patio string lights.

You would think it wouldn't be that hard to find a good set but it was, and here's why.

 I wanted a BLACK wire and nearly everything black was uber commercial and cost a FORTUNE!  Most all the normal DIY homeowner patio lights came on a green wire string.

I came so close to giving in and just purchasing the green wire set (wouldn't you after 4 hours!) but I finally found this company called Novelty Lights that fit my every requirement:

  • Black Wire
  • Not astronomically priced
  • Top quality (as in I could leave them up all year if I choose)
  • Came in smaller sections that could be strung together
  • Just plain cool looking!

And this is just an extra, but the people working there were VERY helpful and it shipped right away.

Anyway......back to the GLAMORIZING! :-)

Here is the view right outside my back door.

Up close the bulbs are just fantastic - they have an old industrial look.....

Looking straight on toward the house.

~ Side view ~

Now for those that are thinking of building a new home, one of the things we did to be ready for these lights is put an outlet on a switch right at the top of the pergola......just some simple planning ahead.

And for those that already have a pergola built and want lights but didn't plan ahead, don't worry,  you can just use extension cords.

I have also seen SOLAR powered patio string lights AND battery operated string lights. 

Somehow, if you have always wanted to have patio lights - you can find a way!


Save yourself 4 hours and trust me, if you want black wire, commercial quality, industrial looking, shorter string optioned patio lights - BUY THESE (No, the company isn't paying me to say that!)  Well if you DO want to support me and this blog, you can purchase them through the above Amazon link and Amazon does give me a small kickback.  It's tiny but hey, every bit helps keep the blog up and running!

You can check out Glamorizing the Pergola part ONE by clicking the link!

UPDATE picture:  I just added VINES to the a few years I hope it looks like a luscious outdoor paradise:-)

I hope I helped YOU guys and stirred some of your Creative Juices for your next outdoor project :-)  Feel free to PIN this and save it for reference.  

 SEE COMMENTS as some great questions have been asked and might be the same question as you had.  :-)

Here are the wire staples I used to hang the lights on the pergola.  I just lightly hammered them in - they worked GREAT!

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  1. How did you hang your lights? Did you go all the way around the Pergola and then diagonal across the center once?

    1. Hi,

      Well we actually drew up to scale the exact dimensions of our pergola and then we took the dimensions of each light strand and came up with a plan.

      I believe we went all the way around the outside and then back up to the center and back down to the original starting point by the outlet.

      My husband is an engineer so it was all mapped out ;-)

      Hope that helps! We love the lights.


  2. Hi, how big is your pergola (trying to figure out how many strands of lights I should order for our soon to be built 12x12 pergola). Thanks! Love all your ideas

    1. Hi Shannon! That is a great question :-) Our pergola is about 13'
      x 13' so the actual area we strung the lights up was probably 12'x12'. My guess is you would be just fine ordering what I did.

      I have had the lights up for a year now - through a very snowy winter and they have held up GREAT! I still love them - they add so much to our backyard. Enjoy!!

  3. I am wondering how they would hold up in a salty environment as we live on the beach and get the sea breeze that makes things rust very quickly

    1. Hummm....I would think they would hold up well but I am not sure. It might be a question for the company.....of course the majority of the lights is the plastic wire.....that should be fine you would think. If you buy them, come back and let us know how the string lights hold up next to the ocean:-)

  4. How did you attach or fasten your string lights to the structure? Do the lights come with some type of hooks?

  5. I was wondering what you actually fastened them to the pergola with?

    1. Hi! I went to the hardware store and bought these things that looked like large staples (kind of thick....I believe they were meant for wire) I just took them and hammered it lightly so that they went about half way into the pergola wood (so the wire and the staple were not squished together) It worked perfectly to hang the patio string light set. Hope that helps!

  6. How many sets of lights did it take for your pergola?

  7. I bought 2 sets of the 37.5 string light patio set. It really sets it off nicely......I would error on the "too much" rather than too little lights as the more lights the merrier :-) It's nice to think through how you will set up your hanging light set in advance - just a rough sketch will help.

  8. Good post !
    It's easy to decor with string light.
    Thank for share this post

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