QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
How do I determine the stand style I need?
We offer 2 stand styles: IYN Tank Stands or IYN Pole Stands
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 25 feet if using light 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. If you’re using light gauge lights you can span up to 60 feet if the poles are bolted or wedge anchored securely. If you’re using heavy gauge lights you can span up to 40 feet.
How do I attach the pole stand to a wood deck?
First, confirm that it is a real wood deck, the composite materials can be pretty realistic looking! If it is composite decking make sure to contact the manufacturer and ask about installation instructions. Often they require that you run your bolts through to the under beams of real wood.
Here are some common decking companies: TREX (1-800-289-8739) AZEK/TimberTech (1-877-275-2935) Fiberon (1-800-573-8841) NewTechWood (1- 866 728 5273)
For standard wood deck installation purchase 3/8”-16 x 2-1/2”Hex Bolts, 3/8 “ - 16 Hex Nuts and 3/8 “ flat washers. You’ll need (3) sets per pole.
Use the round base of the pole as a template to mark the locations of holes.Drill 3/8” diameter through the decking.Use the (3) 3/8”-16 x 2 ½” bolts to mount the pole.Secure using the 3/8” nuts and washers.Slide the top portion of pole onto the bottom portion, making sure the clip is oriented to allow you to attach string lights.
How do I install my pole stand in concrete?
Purchase 3/8” x 3” wedge anchors. You’ll need (3) anchors per pole.
How to Install Wedge Anchors in Concrete: Use the round base of the pole as a template to mark the locations of holes. Drill holes into the concrete using a concrete bit. Bit size = anchor diameter when working with wedge anchors. Drill a hole 1/2" deeper than the anchor will penetrate into the concrete making sure that the minimum embedment requirements are met. The holes can be drilled while the fixture is in place. It is important to make sure that the bit diameter being used will fit through the holes in the fixture.
Clean out the holes using a wire brush, compressed air, vacuum, blow out bulb or another method.
Put the nut and washer onto the wedge anchor and make sure that the nut is on the last threads (this will protect the threads from damage when the wedge anchor is hammered into the hole in the concrete).
Insert the wedge anchor through the fixture's hole and into the hole in the base material. This should be a very tight fit- use a hammer to complete the installation until the nut and washer are tight against the fixture. It is important that the threads go below the surface of either the base material or the fixture.
Turn the nut clockwise, until finger tight. Using a wrench, turn the nut 3-4 times until snug.
YouTube Video – How to install wedge anchors in concrete
How do I install my pole stand in grass, dirt or sand?
Staking - This is a less stable installation and will only accommodate the light gauge string lights. You will need a 4-foot piece of PVC or rebar metal, 1 piece per pole. It needs to fit inside the interior of the pole which is 1 ¾ inch. You will also need 3 metal spikes 3/8” by 10” -12” long.
Hammer the PVC or rebar into the ground about 1 ‘deep, leaving approximately 3 feet above the ground. Slide the pole stand over the PVC or the rebar and then secure the stand with the 3 metal spikes.
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.
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 that we sell. Both are designed for 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 or 3” to 6” black reusable rubber twist ties found on Amazon, Home Depot or Lowes. The zip ties work best with heavy duty lights, whereas the light-duty lights can use the twist ties or the reusable rubber twist ties.
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 is a link to purchase a DIY guidewire kit with great installation instructions.
If you’re using light duty lights 80 lb. fishing can serve as your guidewire. 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 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?
If you are using our incandescent lights you can add a dimmer. If you are using our LED lights they cannot be used with a dimmer.
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