Patios are a great addition to any home because they add extra space that is outside but still separate from the grassy yard. On patios, people can grill out, eat together, gather for parties and so much more depending on the size of the patio.
But the downside to the patio is that most of them are not lit very well and that means that after dark most people just go inside because there is not enough light on the patio to sustain whatever was going on. Because of the fact that most people do things together in the evening, this means that without light the patio is going to get used very little.
But because the patio extends away from the house it is not as easy to simply hang a light by the house door as that will only reach a very small space. In order to truly light up the space string lights are an easy option because all you need it a long enough set of strings and the outlet that is already on the patio and you are able to string the lights all the way on the perimeter of the patio to make sure that the whole thing has sufficient light.
When you go to get patio string lights there are several things that you need to look for the first being that it is waterproof and rated to be used outside. The reason that you need lights that are made for outside is so that they can whether being out there and will not wear out and break quickly like what would happen if you used inside lights outdoors.
The next thing that you need to look at is the online reviews of the lights to find those that are going to produce the most light so that the center of the patio is still lit from the outer otherwise they are great mood lights but not so great to use as actual lights. After finding a few brands and sets that will work you need to start to compare prices so that you know what is going to be the best value and that means how many lights and the length that you have for the money that you are spending and not just the price tag that is listed.
Then you are able to get the patio string lights that you have picked out and start to set them up on the porch. Be aware that the higher they are the more light they are going to give to the center and have an easier time to light up the whole place. So you need to figure out how you are going to set them up. If you have something higher up on the porch to string them then you just need to pull out the ladder and start to string.
On the other hand, if there is nothing up high around the porch where you could hang the lights then you have a choice to make. The first option you have is to string it at the top of the railing because that is what you have. The downside to that is the center of the porch may not get a lot of light but it will just be shadowed because of the fact that there is a lot of light on the ends of the porch. The second option is to buy something so that you can hang the lights higher up.