Install Patio Umbrella Lights

Patio umbrella lights are easy to install, and make your outdoor living space more functional and enjoyable.

Choose Light Style
Patio umbrella lights come in two different styles. You can choose your style depending on how much light you want and how easy an installation process you’re looking for.

One style consists of six to eight strands of lights that extend the length of each umbrella support. The cords all plug into a multi-plug receptacle that is placed in the center of the umbrella on the pole. The cord runs down the pole or the lights use a battery. This style of umbrella lighting gives lots of illumination.

The other style is a self-contained, battery powered light group that attaches to the pole of the umbrella.This style is flexible and can be installed very easily. These lights may come in a round circle that fits around the umbrella pole, or may have separate globes or sconces similar to a chandelier.

Step 1 - Unclamp Light
For lights that attach to the pole, unclamping and fitting the light on the pole is the next step. For strand lighting systems, you will clamp the plug receptacle to the center umbrella pole.

Step 2 - Fit Light to the Pole
Most umbrella lights come with inserts to fit any standard pole width. Check your light by holding it closed around the pole and see if it fits snugly without any inserts. If it needs inserts, try different ones until you find the one that provides a snug fit.

Step 3 - Complete Installation
For a circular light or chandelier-type light, clamp the light snugly to the pole. For strand lights, attach the strands to the umbrella supports and plug them into the central receptacle.