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How Many Festoon Lights Do I Need?

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Festoon lighting brings out a stylish, aesthetic, and eye-catching outcome. Unfortunately, the question “how many festoon lights do I need?” is often unanswered for most people. If you face the same dilemma, this article highlights some factors that determine the number of festoon lights required. 

How To Determine Festoon Lights Length?

How To Determine Festoon Lights Length | How Many Festoon Lights Do I Need?

How Many Festoon Lights Do You Need?

Three important factors to consider when estimating how many meters of festoon lights will be required for your installation.

1. Size of Installation Area

The most important (and obvious starting point) is the size of the space you’re decorating. So grab a trusty old tape measure, and get measuring! 

2. Preferred Installation Pattern
There are different patterns of installing backyard festoon lights. You should choose a pattern that brings out the most aesthetic appeal of your desired space. Common hanging designs include; 

  • X-pattern
  • Zig-zag W pattern
  • V pattern
  • Scalloped square pattern

Every installation is unique and will require different festoon lengths and possibly even junctions to split the strings into multiple directions. As the adage goes, measure twice, cut once. Properly plan out and double-check your measurements. Connectable festoon lights are very handy for more complex installations, providing a user-friendly way to handle large cable installations.

Tip: For more installation flexibility, check out our article on joining festoon lights together

3. Brightness Required for the Area
Festoon lights in the backyard aren’t solely meant to beautify the space. They also provide some degree of functional lighting. Opt for a shorter distance between light bulbs if the indoor and outdoor spaces require brightness.

How Far Apart Should Festoon Lights Be?

You can install festoon lights in your backyard, indoor rooms, or commercial space. However, before purchasing the lights, make sure that you have accurate measurements of the area. 

Understanding these dimensions will help you decide the length of festoon light required and whether you need extra cables, wiring, or hooks. 

While there are no specified distance requirements on how you should space your festoon lights, spacing these lights should be based on several factors. 

For starters, you should take pay attention to the lumens of the light bulb you will be using. You should space the lights more if you want to use bright festoon lights.

Your festoon light bulb of choice also determines how to space your festoon bulbs. Festoon lights are available in various bulb choices, including the LED, Edison, and coloured ones. LED bulbs are energy-efficient and produce much light.

Edison bulbs are nostalgic and produce a classic glow perfect for events. Coloured bulbs come in different colours that influence the brightness of the bulb. LED bulbs should be more spaced than Edison or coloured bulbs. 

The number of festoon lights required depends on several components. You should evaluate the size of the space, choose a pattern, and identify the appropriate brightness levels and light bulb spacing. Check out our festoon lighting installation guide to get a complete understanding of how best to hang festoon lights in your installation setting.

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