Nothing sets the tone for a nice outside evening like some soft, ambient backyard lighting. These days there are many solar powered light selections to choose from which are relatively inexpensive. The lights usually consist of a small solar panel, tiny LED lights all held together by fine wires rolled on a piece of cardboard such as what is shown below:
Mounting this sort of lighting along a standard metal fence rail is simple enough. Almost any sort of tie wrap will work:
But what do you do if you have a vinyl or wood style fence such as this?
The solution is to use some handy 3D printing clips!
The clip slide over the top of each fence picket with the “hook” portion on the side of the fence you wish the lights on.
The hook is used to retain the wire.
To use the clip, first wrap the wire once around the hook side, then slide it over the fence picket like this:
The number of clips you will need to print depends on the length of your fence. Clips should be spaced no more than 3 feet apart to avoid sagging of the light string. Supports are not required when printing. We do recommend that you use 100% infill. We have used these for over 2 years printed out of simple PLA and the sun and heat does not seem to affect them.
Be sure to check out part 2 of our solar clips series……….coming soon!