LED String Globe Lighting

6 Materials
2 Hours

Want to know how to add square footage to your home for less than $.55 per square foot? Okay, it's temporary but who can resist globe lights?


This is our back deck. It sits on the stone and due to the size and shape we didn't want to do anything that would take up space on the deck. Plus, at some point will be doing this over so pouring cement was not an option right now. Also, we don't want anything that will obstruct the view during the day.


At our local home improvement store we purchased black, threaded, gas plumbing pipe-4 pieces.

We picked up 4 flanges. These got a couple coats of Rustoleum black paint. They will rust so unless you like that look do not skip this step. (We had the paint from another project.) We also had S-hooks but they are not expensive. Also, we had some calking we used to fill in the top of the flange so that water wouldn't get down inside the pipe. It is not a necessary step if you don't live in areas that freeze.

String lights ordered online were delivered in about 24 hours from ordering.

Pole positioning

Based on our deck area we positioned the poles around the perimeter. The poles are about 10 feet long. They were pounded them into the ground leaving 8 feet exposed. We did use a level to make sure they were straight and plumb. They are already black and required no paint.

Flange and S-hooks

This was simply a matter of screwing them on top and slipping the s-hook on. At this point we had not painted them and had to go back later to do it right.

Cost analysis

With that our new outdoor room was complete. Yes, it is seasonal but we love it and it does exactly what we had hoped it would. The deck is 16x16'. The cost of the materials: $141= $.55 per square foot. If you have to buy the s-hooks, caulking, zip ties and paint it will cost a little more-maybe $20 more.

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2 questions
  • Cindy Gulley Rhorick
    on Aug 4, 2020

    Looks great! I’m wondering how you “pounded them into the ground leaving 8 feet exposed”? If you have a magic tip for skipping post hole digging please share your magic. In my mind I’m on top of a 10 ft ladder with a hammer in my hand but that seems like wishful thinking.

    • Mary Russell
      on Aug 5, 2020

      those flanges aren't the cheapest things.wouldn't it work just as good putting the hooks directly down into the top of the pipe?

  • Candace
    on Aug 4, 2020

    I assume that you live in a mild climate??

    Do take them down forrain, high einddd, high heat or snow??

    Looks fabulous!!

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  • Nate
    on Aug 5, 2020

    We did a similar project for our Florida house but used pvc (much less expensive) and solar string lights. Still standing after 2 years😊. Your yard is beautiful!

  • Beth
    on Aug 6, 2020

    Great idea. Would they be lightening rods being metal?

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