How to Hang Patio Lights on Stucco

There are several types of patio lights such as string lights, spotlights, floodlights, step lights, and garden lights. Out of all these patio lights, string lights are the most used. This is why I am going to focus on how to hang string lights on stucco. 

Stucco is the outermost thin layer on a wall that can be painted. Also, stucco can be defined as a finish coat that is made from a mixture of cement, sand, lime, and water. 

Stucco is soft and delicate so it should be handled with care. There are three ways you can hang patio string lights on stucco. These are; by use of glue, by use of double-sided tape, and by use of a drill and plastic roof clips. 

How to Hang String Lights Using Glue 

Precaution 

Make sure your stucco does not have any Styrofoam backing because it can melt under hot temperatures (hot glue). 

Gently tap the stucco to confirm the presence of Styrofoam backing. If the stucco produces a loud sound then use the hot glue. But if there is no loud sound, the Styrofoam backing is present hence use the glue at low temperatures. 

Also, avoid glues that have extra-strong adhesive properties because they can come off with part of the wall. 

The Procedure 

Step 1 

Detach the light bulbs from the string before you attach the string to the stucco. Doing this will make installation an easy process and prevent the glue from sticking to the bulb. 

Step 2 

Plug-in the glue gun and allow it to heat up. Take up the first empty bulb socket and apply a small bead of hot glue on the side. Make sure you apply glue on the opposite side of the socket clip. If you apply it to the socket base then you will have a problem removing it and you might detach the cord. 

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Step 3

Press the glued socket on the stucco and hold on for about ten seconds to ensure it is firm. Make sure the area on the stucco is clean. A dirty surface will reduce the adhesive power of the glue. You can use a soft hand brush and chlorine bleach to clean the surface. 

Step 4 

Repeat the process for all the bulbs around your stucco patio wall. You can choose to go clockwise or anti-clockwise. 

Make sure you do not skip any bulb socket because if one bulb hangs in the air it might detach others. When you are done sticking the bulb sockets, screw up the bulbs and connect the main power source. 

How to Hang String Lights Using Double-sided Tape 

Step 1 

Clean up the stucco surface that will hold the tape. Use a soft brush and tri-sodium phosphate to clean the surface. Use some rubbing alcohol to make the surface extra-clean. Just apply the rubbing alcohol on a microfiber dry cloth and gently wipe the surface. 

Step 2

Open up the backside of the double-sided tape and carefully attach it to the backside of the first bulb. Press the tape against the bulb for about thirty seconds so that it gets a good seal. 

Make sure the backside of the bulb is also clean, it might have accumulated dust from the storage area. Use a dry cloth and alcohol to wipe off the dirt and dust. 

Do not use water because it does not dry up quickly therefore it can cause an electric shot. 

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Step 3 

Open up the remaining side of the tape. Now press this other side onto the cleaned-up stucco surface. Press the tape against the stucco surface for about thirty seconds to get a firm seal. 

Use double-sided tape that has fibers and good adhesion power. 

Step 4 

Repeat the process with all the light bulbs on your patio. Make sure you do not skip any light bulb. You can choose to go clockwise or anti-clockwise, as long as it is in a sequence to avoid confusion. 

How to Hang String Lights Using a Drill 

What you need 

  • Plastic roof clips 
  • A drill with masonry drill bit
  • Silicone 
  • Corrosion-resistant screws
  • Ordinary tape 

Step 1 

Lay the string lights against the stucco wall and hold them up using ordinary tape. 

Step 2 

Measure intervals of one meter and mark using a faint pencil. A dark clear pencil will leave ugly marks on your stucco wall, this is why a faint pencil is recommended. 

Step 3 

Take the drill and attach the soft masonry bit. Drill pilot holes on the marked surfaces. Fill up each pilot hole with silicone. You can use a silicone gun with a sharp tip. 

Step 4 

Allow the silicon to be mid-way dry and attach the plastic roof clips. Screw up the roof clips with corrosion-resistant screws until it firmly holds the string lights against the wall. 

Step 5

Add some silicone to the attached roof clip to reinforce it. Remove the ordinary tapes and rub off the faint pencil markings. 

How to Hang an Ordinary Bulb with Bulb Holder on a Stucco 

What you need 

  • A drill with masonry drill bit 
  • Silicone 
  • A faint pencil 
  • Corrosion resistant screws 
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Step 1

Hold the bulb holder against the surface you want it to be. Use a faint pencil to trace the holes of the mounting screws. 

Step 2

Remove the holder and take up the drill with a soft masonry bit. Drill pilot holes on the marked points. Make sure you do not go too deep, a one-inch hole is enough. However, if you see that the mounting screws are longer you can extend the pilot holes with another inch. 

Step 3 

Fill up the pilot holes with silicone. Give it three minutes to be semi-dry then screw up the bulb holder until it is firm on the wall. 

Step 4 

Add some silicone from the outside to reinforce the bulb holder. Then screw up the bulb or attach the bulb to the bulb holder. 

Conclusion 

Stucco is a soft wall that should be handled with a lot of care. This is why many homeowners are advised to avoid a drill when you want to hang patio string lights on stucco. Using glue and double-sided tape are the best options. However, nowadays there are plastic roof clips and bulb holders that come with glue on the holding side.