QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
How do I determine the stand style I need?
Tank Stands are ideal for locations that don’t allow you to bolt or screw into a wooden deck, wedge anchor into concrete or stake into the grass. For example, a pavered patio area or non-wooden deck.
They are also ideal for rental companies that will set up temporary lights for events. For example, a wedding reception on a grassy area, a dance floor inside a venue or a booth at a trade show.
Tank Stands are designed for shorter runs of string lights of approximately 20 feet if using thin gauge string lights. Tank stands cannot support heavy gauge string lights as sold at Costco.
Pole Stands are ideal for a permanent set up where you can bolt or screw into a wooden deck or wedge anchor into concrete. They are also ideal for longer runs of string lights. They can accommodate a 30-foot span of thin cord G40 string lights or a 25-foot span of heavy-duty thick cord Edison lights.
Pole With Brackets are designed to attach to fence posts, railings or concrete walls. The 9' 6" pole comes with 2 brackets that are 4.25" long and 2" deep allowing the pole to bypass a standard fence post cap or railing cap. They can accommodate a 30-foot span of thin cord G40 string lights or a 25-foot span of heavy-duty thick cord Edison lights.
How do I attach the pole stand to a wood deck?
If you can access underneath your deck click here to learn How To Install Using Bolts.
If you can NOT access underneath your deck click here to learn How to Install Using Lag Screws.
How do I install my pole stand on concrete?
Click here to learn How to Install Pole Stands on Concrete
How do I install my Pole Stand in grass, dirt or sand?
Click here for How To Install Pole Stand in Grass, Dirt or Sand
How do I install IYN Tank Stands outdoors?
For outdoor installations, you can fill the tanks with sand or water. If possible, it’s easiest to fill the tanks in their desired location. If not, you will want a hand truck or dolly to move the tanks into position once they are filled because they will weigh approximately 186 lbs. with sand and approximately 123 lbs. with water. After positioning the tanks, string the lights and secure the lights to the carabiner clips. If they lights slid inside the carabiner you can use a black zip tie of rubber twist tie to lock them in place. Click here for additional installation information.
How do I install IYN Tank Stands indoors?
For indoor installations, we recommend using sand to avoid any accidental water damage. If the use of sand is not an option then keep in mind that you might need to wheel the tanks to a water source using a hand truck or dolly. Click here for additional installation information.
How do I install my pole with 2 brackets?
Click here for How To Install Pole With Brackets
What type of lights should I purchase?
There are lots of styles to choose from, but they basically break down to 2 different designs, a heavy gauge commercial grade string light, commonly found at Costco or a lighter gauge string light, often referred to as a G40 Bistro Light. Both are designed for interior or exterior use. At IYN we prefer to use the lighter duty string lights because they are more pliable and less weight than the heavy duty lights. Plus, the heavy-duty lights typically have an Edison style light bulb (more elongated) whereas the light-duty lights typically have a globe (round) bulb. We love the “look” of the round bulb and the fact that they are not as bright as the Edison bulb.
How do I secure the lights to the carabiner clips?
2 ways….black zip ties and plier cutters to cut the ends of the zip ties or 3” to 6” black reusable rubber twist ties found on Amazon, Home Depot or Lowes. We prefer the black zip ties and offer them here.
How do I eliminate the sagging of lights over long spans?
If you’re using heavy commercial grade lights and you’re spanning the lights over an open area you may need to add a guide wire to eliminate the sag. Here are some links to guide wire kits: Home Depot Amazon
If you’re using light duty lights 200 lb. fishing can serve as your guide wire. It’s inexpensive and not as obvious to see once installed.
How do I determine my string light pattern?
This step is all about evaluating your space and determining 4 things:
What area do I want to illuminate?
Are there structures or trees that I want to attach the lights to?
Where do I need to install a pole stand, tank stand or pole and brackets if I don’t have structures or trees to incorporate in my pattern?
Where is my power source?
Once you’ve answered these questions you can start your pattern at the power source. Often it will be an outlet on the side of your structure or under the eaves. You may need to run an extension cord up the structure to where the lights will begin. If you’re starting on the side of the structure you may also need to add a hook. From here you can start the lights and then create a lighting pattern that meets your needs. They string lights often look best when they are hung in a symmetrical design, they don’t need to be perfect, but it’s nice to have flow to your design. Some popular designs are a V of lights extending from the structure out to a pole stand and back to the structure, an X of lights, a W of lights, a fan of lights or a perimeter of lights.
Hanging Patio String Lights Basic Steps
Draw a rough sketch with measurements
If using guide wire, hang this first Note: In some situations, the light strings may need to be threaded through the guide wire prior to being hung.
Start by hanging your first patio light string with the male plug end closest to your outlet.
If working with multiple light strings, finish hanging your first run and then connect the male end of the second string to the female end of the first and continue going in this way until all strings are in place. If your light string does not have end to end connectors, run an extension cord to your second light string and continue hanging your patio lights. If hanging incandescent patio lights, keep maximum wattage in mind and switch to a different outlet if necessary to avoid power disruptions.
Can I use a dimmer with my string lights?
All incandescent lights can be coupled with a dimmer and there are now some LED lights can can also be used with a dimmer. Check the specs on your LED lights.
Dimmers come in a variety of options and allow you to control the brightness of the lights. They range from $13 for use of 300 watts of lights to $47 for use with 1000 watts of lights.
How do I determine how many watts I have?
First, you will need to know how many watts each incandescent bulbs is. Check with the manufacturer or the packaging if need be. Our incandescent bulbs are 5 watts. You then multiply the number of bulbs you have by the wattage of each bulb. For example: 35 bulbs x 5 watts = 175 total watts