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Transform your outdoor space with patio lights! Nothing says summer like an outdoor gathering, but what if you want to take your hosting skills up a notch? The answer… patio […]

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OUR Garden Center is OPEN!

We welcome you to stop in and see all the beautiful flowers, enjoy the delightful scents and find great vegetable varieties for all your Summer planting!

Garden Center Hours:
Monday through Saturday: 8:30 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 8 am – 4 pm


Give your home a pop of fun & easy seasonal decor with our Sassafras Switch Mats this summer!

Not only are these great with the Sassafras Switch Mat Tray, sold separately, but they work great for fun stair treads as well!




Water Heaters

Which Water Heater is Right for You? Do you have to decide each morning whether to hit the snooze button or get in the shower before other people in the […]

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Welcome to our online warehouse of over 67,000 products for your home improvement, lawn & garden, and home décor needs! Most items can be shipped FREE to one of our locally owned stores! For […]

Indoor Paint

Northern Lakes Do it Best Hardware is your complete paint resource. With our color designer PLUS color match system, we can match colors from multiple sources while retaining your paint […]

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Things just got a little brighter inside! We now have a wonderful display of lighting! Whether you are looking for light bulbs, wall sconces, Pendant lighting, Flush mount, recessed, vanity, […]

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Transform your outdoor space with patio lights!

Outdoor Patio Lighting Ideas

Nothing says summer like an outdoor gathering, but what if you want to take your hosting skills up a notch? The answer… patio lights! Whether you know them as patio lights, string lights, or simply outdoor lighting, you’ve definitely heard of this growing trend. It’s growing quickly because patio lights automatically transform an outdoor space and give off a certain ambience that’s sure to make your space envy-worthy.
Before you get started, there are a few things to consider when you hang your lights including:

  • Where to hang patio lights
  • Types of patio lights
  • Patio lights that don’t attract bugs
  • How to hang patio lights

Where to Hang Patio Lights

Couple talking at sunset on a rooftop patio with lights

First, it’s best to decide where you want your patio lights. You’ll want lights in areas that are already dark, and you’ll want to avoid putting lights that break up the flow of traffic throughout your gathering area. In addition, deciding where you want your lights will help you determine the brightness of the bulb. You don’t want your brightest bulbs at eye-level blinding everyone at your party. That will definitely get your guests talking about your outdoor space, but not in the way that you want.
If you remember only one thing about where to position your patio lights, remember this! Low-voltage lights should be positioned lower than two feet above the ground and standard-voltage lights higher than seven feet. Also, try to position lights downward to light up walking areas.

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