Want to make your patio umbrella look charming? Or are you thinking of making your patio functional even at night? If no, then you definitely should. It can solve your problems of not being able to sit at your patio at the darker hours. You can set up either electric or solar lights to your patio umbrella and boom! you’re good to use the patio 24 hours of the day.
A patio includes a table, few chairs, and of course an umbrella to serve you shelter on the sunny and rainy days. A beautiful moon, twinkling stars shouldn’t be missed either. This is why you must get some lights in your patio. Dinner nights or tea times can be spent well henceforth.
Now that you know why do you need to set up patio umbrella lights, it’s time for you to know the procedure. Good if you already know but if you don’t then keep on reading the article…
How to Set up Patio Umbrella Lights
No doubt, you’ve got your eyes on LED lights to set on your patio umbrella. Obviously because most of the umbrella lights are LEDs nowadays. You can check the LED count before purchasing lights for your patio umbrella. The more the LED lights, the better the performance. Once you buy the lights, now it’s time to set them up to the umbrella! So let’s jump in…
01. Detach the Umbrella: The first thing to do is detach it. Remove the umbrella from the stand and the pole. place the umbrella on a smooth surface like grass so that it doesn’t get defected.
02. Attach Some Clips: You’d need to attach some clips which will hold the umbrella light strands strongly. Attach a clip to the rib which should likely be 2 inches away from the center pole.
03. Secure the Clips: You have to secure the clips with ties to make it strong enough to hold the light strands. You can use a zip tie or band so the clip is comfortable against the rib. secure another four clips on the same rib with the same distance of two inches which means you need to secure five clips on each umbrella rib. But if the manufacturer provided lesser clips then you may go as per you have in your hand.
Now repeat the same steps to attach clips on the rest of the umbrella ribs. Make sure you’re securing the same number of clips on each rib.
04. Trim Tie Excess: Cut off the extra part of each zip tie or band with scissors. Otherwise these can create an untidy look for your patio umbrella.
05. Fix Collar around Pole: Remove the lining thing from the adhesive tape and secure the soft band on a place that’s 2 inches down from the pole which is away from the umbrella opening mechanism. This collar will hold the light strand grouping.
06. Fix Light Strands: Clip a light strand to an adjacent rib starting from the center of the rib outwards. Fix the first light near the first clip. Remove slack by tightening the light strand to secure the strand tightly with the help of clips. Do the same with the rest of the light strands to secure them tightly to other adjacent umbrella ribs. Put the umbrella in through the lower area of the pole and take it up to the base.
07 Set the Cord: Insert the cord that comes with the light kit into the hole of your patio table. You might have to remove the lower part of the pole temporarily to insert the cord. Once you’re done with the cord work, reinsert the top part of your umbrella pole into the lower part to bring the umbrella into its position.
08. Attach Power: Attach the power receptacle pack to the umbrella pole by using zip ties which comes with the umbrella light kit. Connect the lights to the receptacle pack and connect the pack to an extension cord. That’s it, you are good to go.
Solar Patio Umbrella Lights
Patio umbrella lights are easy to install whether it’s electric or solar lights. On top of that, both of them have the same steps to follow where the only difference is the power cord. You’d be needing a power cord in electric patio umbrella lights whereas you won’t need it in solar patio umbrella lights.
On the contrary, you’ll get a solar panel connected to a clip with the solar umbrella lights kit. Attach the solar panel on the outside of the umbrella at the spot where it can receive full sun throughout the day. If you don’t place it wisely then it won’t charge very well.
You can save your pocket by installing solar umbrella lights which are as easy to set up as electric patio umbrella lights. So let’s break a leg!
I hope it was easy for you to set up lights on your patio umbrella as we tried to explain every bit of the procedure. You may still find it difficult if you don’t purchase the light kit from a trusted manufacturer. Make sure the kit contains enough lights, light strands, and clips for your patio umbrella according to its size and your expectations.
You may try buying the kit from your umbrella manufacturer’s store because it makes things easier. We hope you enjoy your patio umbrella even more than ever before.