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How To Attach String Lights To Pool Cage?

How To Attach String Lights To Pool Cage?

Last year, I wanted to add ambiance to my pool area with string lights, but I ran into problems with the enclosure. The aluminum tubing was super thin, and I was worried about the damage or the lights looking sag. If you are experiencing the same problem, here is the solution.

Backyard swimming pools are the perfect place for social gatherings, neighborhood parties, and family reunions. With a swimming pool right outside your front door, your home is a popular place. Therefore, a pool cage is very convenient, as it provides security and privacy from prying neighbors.

Like many other outdoor structures, string lights look beautiful because they provide an atmospheric ambiance. The good news is that many products simplify the hanging process, such as adhesive hooks, clips, staples, or nails that you can use to attach your lights for an enjoyable experience.

Below are simple instructions for attaching string lights to pool cages and many more.

Note: If your pool cage roof doesn’t exceed 10 foot then it is unsafe to hang string lights there.

How To Attach String Lights To Pool Cage or Screen Enclosure

It is possible to drill hooks into the aluminum and drape the fixture, but this process is very invasive and can damage the structure. It is safest to use waterproof adhesive hooks that will not disrupt the design of your pool cage. They are also easy to remove if you want to change the light source.

  • Use a ladder (optional) and measure how many lights are needed.
  • Are you draping or installing the lights in a straight line? Deciding on the design will tell you how many lights to buy.
  • Identify an outlet and have an extension cord at hand.
  • From start to end, stick the hook 16 inches apart.
  • Then, hung the lights using the loop above each bulb.

If you want a straight line of string lights, consider running cables first, then add the lights and secure them with zip ties.

hanging string lights on pool cage
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5 Ways To Hang String Lights Over A Pool

Heavy-Duty Adhesive Hooks:

To hang string lights, you can use heavy-duty hooks. Look for outdoor-rated hooks designed for heavy-duty use. These can handle the weight of your string lights and withstand harsh weather elements. To install, ensure the surface of the pool cage is clean and dry. Once secure, attach your string lights to the hooks.

2. Specialized Clamps:

If you don’t want to drill, you can use clamps for thin materials like your pool cage tubing. These clamps grip the aluminum securely without causing damage. There are different clamp types, so ensure they’re compatible with your string lights and the diameter of your pool cage tubing. Similarly, installation is usually straightforward, involving tightening the clamp around the tubing and attaching the light hooks or carabiner clips to the designated points on the clamp.

3. Using Existing Structures:

Think beyond the pool cage itself! If you have a pergola, sturdy patio beams, or even large trees surrounding your pool area, you can use these existing structures to create a beautiful draped effect for your string lights. Hang the lights from one structure to another, ensuring the weight is evenly distributed and the anchor points are secure. For instance, you could use sturdy S-hooks on the pergola beams and carabiner clips on sturdy tree branches. 

4. Carefully Drilled Anchors (For DIYer):

This method requires a bit more effort but provides a very secure anchor point for your string lights. It is best to approach this option with caution. Use a drill and ensure you have the proper size for your chosen zip ties and carabiners. Once drilled, meticulously seal the hole with a waterproof sealant to prevent leaks. Attach the zip tie through the hole, secure it with the carabiner, and then hang your string lights from the carabiner.

5. Battery-Powered String Lights for Effortless Placement:

For a hassle-free lighting solution, consider battery-powered string lights. These beauties offer incredible flexibility, allowing you to strategically place them wherever you desire. Wind them around pool railings, weave them through potted plants, or drape them over lounge chairs. The lack of cords eliminates the need for nearby outlets, giving you complete creative control over your poolside ambiance.

How Do You Keep String Lights From Sagging?

Sagging string lights is a common problem that can occur if they do not have enough support. When hanging string lights on gutters or patios, clips, and hooks can prevent sagging. However, stringing lights from one wall to another is impossible to use just clips.

Thus, the secret is to hang fairy lights with cables first. You can find them in a variety of lengths. Attach to either side of the walls with steel hooks and insert the cables. Then, use the zip ties to secure the lights to the wires. For more information, check out Robert Robillard’s guide.

How to Choose String Lights for Your Pool Cage?

There are thousands of string lights available on the market. While I enjoy using the Addlon, if you find those are above your budget, here are the features to look for.

When buying string lights, look for waterproofing qualities as they better hold up to the elements. Regarding the actual length of the bulbs, plan by measuring where you want the lights before buying the product.

You can’t use solar lights in an enclosed area so, have access to an outlet. String lights come in hundreds of sizes and colors so, this feature depends on your overall design and what you want to achieve.

However, the larger bulbs provide more lighting compared to smaller options. I also recommend that you purchase smart lights like the HBN outdoor fixtures where you can use the app or voice commands to control the brightness and color with nine built-in scenes.

Another light bulb to use is LEDs because they are energy efficient and burn less heat. They can also save a lot of electricity and are long-lasting compared to traditional lights.

To Recap,

Pool cages’ roofs are further than 10 feet, so you are obeying the NEC rules. The fastest way to hang them is with adhesive hooks or clips. However, many people drill holes for screw hooks which can damage the structure.

For a uniform look and to prevent the string lights from sagging, use a cable to secure the lights beforehand. This method is by far the best because I love that the cables add an extra safety factor.

Also, if you have an open pool, it is not a good idea to hang string lights above. As there is a risk of the lights falling into the water and causing electrocution or even death.


    I am a mom with two kids. I am also a writer, avid DIYer, and tech enthusiast. My favorite things are writing, shopping online for gadgets, and gizmos I can't afford (yet). Being at home with my kids is the best part of my day!

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