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Railings

Difficulty: Easy

Time Needed: 20 Minutes

Recommended Lights: Mini Lights, Garland, or C9 Lights

Decorating Fences and Railings

Fences and railings can be decorated with mini lights, garland, or C9 lights. Choose a light that matches the desired style and fits within the budget.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Start with the male connector closest to the power supply. Mini Light on Fence
  2. Use a cable tie to secure the mini lights to the fence. Cut the tail of the cable tie off. Mini Light Cable Tie
  3. Attach the mini lights every three feet or so. Keep the lights taught to prevent them from drooping. Attach Every Three Feet
  4. If the stringer is long enough, decorate the front post. Front Post w/ Mini
  5. Overlap the remaining slack, or bundle and conceal with electrical tape. Overlap Minis

Instructions for C9 Lights

  1. As always, start with the male connector closest to the power supply. ![Male Connector at Beginning]()
  2. Use a cable tie to secure the light cord to the railing. Cut off excess cable tie. One tie per bulb is sufficient. C9 Attached to Fence
  3. Attach every bulb with the cable tie. C9s Attached to Fence
  4. Terminate the end of the stringer at the end of the fence and secure with an additional tie. C9 Terminates at Fence

Instructions for Garland

  1. Begin with the male connector at the start of the fence nearest the power source. Male Connector Near Power
  2. Secure the garland to the fence by twisting the branches together. Secure Garland
  3. Attach the other end of the garland six feet away from the starting point. Garland w/ 6' Swag
  4. Attach the middle of the garland to the fence between the beginning and the end. This will create two equal-sized swags. Garland w/ two Swags
  5. Continue hanging garland on the fence. Garland on Fence
  6. The remaining garland can be wrapped down the front post, doubled-up along the prior swag, or cut off. If cutting, the mini lights must be removed from the garland and added to the remaining segment. Finished Fence
  7. Alternately, the garland can be installed straight along the top of the fence without any swag. Straight Garland

Additional Notes

  • If installing on swinging gates, be sure to stop installing at the break otherwise the gate cannot open.
  • If using garland, make sure each swag is uniformly spaced and has the same height.