How to Install Outdoor Lighting

Installing exterior lights can feel overwhelming, but I’m sharing how to install outdoor lighting THE EASY WAY!

This post is a sponsored post by Enbrighten. I take pride in reviewing only products that fit my brand and will be beneficial to my readers. While this post is sponsored, all the opinions are my own.

We have had Enbrighten outdoor lighting in the past and absolutely loved them.  They survived our harsh Indiana winters and wind.  Unfortunately, our house was struck by lightning not too long ago and as a result, we lost almost all of our electronics (including my beautiful Enbrighten Cafe Lights). When I had the opportunity to partner with them again, I was excited.  Their product is so impressive.

Here’s a before of our backyard without lighting:

And an after:

To create this look, we used:

Wifi Cafe Lights

These cafe lights are among the best I have ever tried. They have linkable strands (connect up to 750 feet), and the bulbs are impact-resistant (commercial-grade construction).  Installation isn’t hard:

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We dug a hole 24″ deep and cemented a 4×4 pole and connected two strands of cafe lights from the pole to our home.  Here’s the wire rope string light hanging kit I used.

Wifi Flex Lights

These flex lights have a thin profile that can easily be shaped around corners or laid in a line. We outlined our covered back porch with them, but they would be perfect for a walkway or landscaping as well. They come with clips which I used to install them on the house, but they also come with stakes if you want to use them in your landscaping design.

The flex lights are high-quality LEDs and each 2-3 inch section showcases the endless color combination possibilities.

Wifi Landscaping Lights

These landscaping lights allow for easy installation. Simply place them on the ground using the included stakes or mount them via the keyholes. They are commercial grade with burial grade cable and UL-rated for permanent outdoor installation.

I love that you don’t have to buy the power supply, lights, and cord separately.  The lights are an all-in-one solution.

Not only are these lights quality and easy to install, but they are all fully controlled using an app, AND you can choose between 62 colors with the ability to select two and three-color combinations.

Also, you can group your lights together so they are all controlled at one time.  I grouped my Cafe lights, landscape lights, and flex lighting. With a touch of a button, I can change my lighting.

The Enbrighten app and products are compatible with Google Home and Alexa.

For pool parties with my son’s football team, we can change the lights to our school colors:

Or host a Halloween bash and make things a little creepy:

Or bring out the red, white, and blue for the 4th:

The color options are so fun, and you can even make them twinkle or slowly run through all the colors.

If you’re looking for outdoor lighting that is quality AND easy to install, you have found it! The Wi-Fi capabilities and color options are the icing on the cake!

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DIY Light Pole Planter

light pole planter

I am excited to be partnering with Enbrighten Café on a patio makeover.

enbrighten cafe LED Cafe Lights

Enbrighten Cafe’s LED Café Lights deliver warm white light, are energy efficient, and never need to be replaced!

Cafe Lights in Day

Cafe Lights for Patio

And with the GE Bluetooth Smart Outdoor Smart Switch, you can wirelessly program and control the lights with your smartphone or tablet!

GE Outdoor Smart Switch

Control lights with app

These lights are impact resistant and will not break if dropped (I accidentally tested this out)!

Backyard Patio at Dusk These commercial-grade lights can be out year-round.

Patio String Lights I used 36 feet of lights for my patio area.

Backyard Patio Makeover Pretty Patio I love the ambiance the LED Café Lights add to our patio.

Patio in Evening The lights are really easy to hang since each bulb has a hook, and I hung most of my lights with screws on our covered patio.  However, I also wanted the lights to stretch across our patio table, so I created a DIY planter light pole.

DIY Patio String Light Holder

Please note that this planter works for a small number of lights.  Since these lights are commercial grade, they are heavy.  The pole started to bend under the weight of too many lights.  However, if you just want a string a few, this DIY flower pot light pole is a great solution. Here is what you will need:

  • Dowel Rod (8 foot)
  • Decorative Top for Dowel Rod
  • Outdoor Paint
  • Flower Pot
  • Concrete
  • Gravel
  • Hook
  • Potting Soil
  • Closet Rod Flange Set (optional)

I began the project by drilling a hole into the top of the pole for the decor piece.

Drilling Hole

After the hole was drilled, I added the topper.

Adding Pole Topper

After the top was on, I painted the entire piece with several coats of outdoor paint.

Painting Pole

Once the paint was dry, I drilled another hole into the topper.

Drilling Hole for Hook

This was for the hook which would hold the light strands.

Adding Hook to Pole

Once the pole was complete, it was time to cement it into the flower pot.

Closet Rod Flange Kit

I began with my little closet rod flange set and used the completely round one as a brace for the rod.  This is optional, and I am not really sure how much it helped. I added my pole to the brace and centered it in the flower pot.

Setting Pole in Place

This is definitely a two-person job.  One person will need to hold the rod in place while the other pours the concrete.

Quikret Concrete

I mixed about 30 pounds of concrete for my flower pot (More concrete would have been helpful, but I had to balance how much room was needed for my flowers).

Adding Concrete to Flower Pot

I created a brace to hold the rod in place while the concrete dried using boards and bricks.

Setting the Pole in Concrete

DIY Outdoor Light Pole I allowed the concrete to dry 24 hours and then I added holes for the flower pot drainage using a drill.

Adding holes to flower pot I tried to evenly space them so they looked pretty and drilled them right above the concrete line.

Adding Gravel to Flower Pot I added gravel to help with the drainage before adding my potting soil.

DIY Patio String Light Holder And that was it!  I now have a moveable light pole if I want to change where I hang the lights.

Decorating with Patio String Lights  

Check out the video below to see the lights in action!


Go create something!

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