‘Tis the season for Bistro Lights. There are hundreds of different ways to do this, but here’s what I found to work:
2 pieces – 1 in x 10 ft PVC Pipe
1 Can Black Spray Paint
4 Tubes – 1.2 in x 10 ft Electrical Conduit
1 pack – 1/2 in Knock-Out Seal (Optional)
Bistro Light Hook (One-Hole Strap)
Step 1. Cut the PVC pipe into 4 – 3 feet sections.
Step 2. Spray paint everything black, you’ll probably need 2-3 coats to get a good cover.
Step 3. Once everything is dry, use a drill bit that is graded for metal to puncture a hole in the Electrical Conduit.
Step 4. Screw the Hook into the into the Electrical Conduit.
Step 5. Glue the Knock out seal with E6000 (optional step, my knock out seals fell out in the first year)
Living in Michigan, I wanted something that would be easy to install every spring. The PVC pipe is used as a guide for the Conduit. When it comes to installation, follow below:
Step 1. Determine where you want your lights to be hung.
Step 2. Hammer the PVC pipe into the ground, about 1 to 1 1/2 feet. You want this to be stable to make installation and tear down a breeze, all while making sure it’s secure enough to handle some weather.
Step 3. Place electrical conduit in the PVC pipe.
Step 4. Hammer the conduit into the ground about a foot. The ground should be soft (the PVC pipe catches the water and keeps the soil soft) – so this shouldn’t be too difficult.
Step 5. Hang your lights. The hook will be able to move a little bit to keep your lights secure.
Step 6. Pour yourself a glass of wine and plug those bad boys in.