/ homecategories, Latest News / 8th December 2020

How to hang outdoor Christmas lights

Brighten up the spirits of everyone in your neighbourhood with a beautifully Christmassy lit house. Hanging up outdoor Christmas lights might be more difficult than you would have expected it to be, so it’s only normal to ask for an extra pair of hands – you can ask your partner, a friend or the Handy Squad! Our London handymen are always happy to help!

Whether you want to hang frosted icicles on your gutter or attach lighting to the exterior of your whole house, it is better to be prepared to ensure it will go as smoothly as possible. To help you with this task, we’ve put together an easy-to-follow guide on how to hang outdoor Christmas lights inclusive of essential equipment.

What you’ll need.

  • Outdoor Christmas lights.
  • Gutter hooks or decorating clips.
  • Weatherproof extension leads.
  • Tape measure.
  • Batteries.
  • Ladder.

How to hang Christmas lights.

Firstly, switch on the lights at ground level to ensure all the bulbs are working properly and that there are no knots in the cable.

For mains-powered lights, ensure that there is an accessible power socket. If you are powering the lights from inside via an extension lead, make sure the lead is long enough. In case you have an outdoor power supply, check if the cable is long enough to reach the power supply.

To hang string lights, attach your gutter hooks to the place you are decorating at regular intervals. Work backwards from the socket and place the lights on the hooks, avoiding leaving cables hanging loosely.

If you have some extra lights, you can add these to your garden plants and trees to add even more shine to your outdoors. Once you’re done, take a step back and admire your jolly and festive entrance.

In case you need some help to hang your Christmas lights, don’t hesitate to contact our team on 0800-0-12-12-12. Alternatively, request a free quote today by filling our online booking form and letting us know how we can help.



At the Handy Squad we strongly advise that you always take safety precautions into consideration when undertaking a DIY project. We also strongly suggest that you closely read and follow the instructions, that are provided by the manufacturer, of any building materials, products or tools you use for your projects.

Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

When using our articles for information and advice, please note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are capable of undertaking and executing the task you wish to complete.

Before starting a DIY task, it is essential that you inform yourself of any existing building, gas, water and electrical works regulations. If you were to have any further concerns, we recommend that you complete additional research and/or contact the necessary professional body.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified tradesperson completes the relevant safety tests and checks on any DIY work you have completed.