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Putting up Halloween decorations today reminded me it won’t be long before I’ll be struggling with hanging the Christmas lights. I’m always looking for a better way to hang lights, and I think these stainless-steel loop hooks from Lee Valley look promising — a lot more promising than plastic gutter S-hooks that can pinch your cold fingers.

Think of an eye hook — now bend the tag end perpendicularly away from the shaft and squish the loop so the tag end overlaps the loop. The hook that’s left completely captures the wire, yet you can easily remove the it without backing the entire string through the eye. The loop hook can accommodate wires up to 5/16″ in diameter.

A package of 20 loop hooks will run you $13 before shipping.

Loop Hooks [Lee Valley]

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15 Responses to A Better Christmas Light Hook

  1. Bob says:

    I usually use these and cable ties..


    You can add a flathead screw if needed.

  2. Dave says:

    Unless you’re trying to keep your lights up in a hurricane, cup hooks are quite sufficient. With cup hooks, I can put up all of my lights while standing on the ground using a broom stick with a nail sticking out the side as a hook. With these new hooks, I’d have to drag out the ladder. No thanks.

  3. MMel says:

    I was looking for a way to split my trim – these look like a great way to do that.

    Predrill – anyone?

  4. jeffrey immer says:

    agreed with dave, and they would be unsitely when the christmas lights were not up. popular science had a diy for make your own beer bottle lights, though, the neighbors could look at your adornments all year round

  5. Old Coot says:

    What Dave said.

  6. pcjohnson says:

    Cool, looks like an answer for me. Gotta get all my green lights up before the ‘Riders win the Grey Cup.
    Here in Southern Alberta we get many Chinook winds in the winter that do a number on xmas lights. The Chinooks bring winds gusting up to and beyond 100 km/h and all the plastic hooks I have found just don’t hold up,…

  7. Mike47 says:

    Dave’s got the plan. I’ve used brass cup hooks for 35+ years with no issues.

  8. A1cntrler says:

    I have had brass cup hooks up for about 6 years now on the front of my house. When I painted the house 2 years ago I painted them along with the trip, and they are not noticeable at all from the ground. Have not had a set of the lights pop off of them yet! Makes it so much easier than the shingle style hooks and hold up way better. Yes, I pre-drilled them too to prevent splitting…

  9. paganwonder says:

    I thought ‘pre’-drilling was getting the drill out of the case and making the hole was drilling.

    • Jennifer says:

      Ha ha! Too funny. Drilled and pre-drilled.
      It’s like how shelled nuts and de-shelled nuts are the same thing. And flammable and inflammable.

  10. Dave says:

    You could probably cut a short slot in the end of a broomstick for the wire and use that to manipulate the wire into and out of this hook.


  11. Frank Townend says:

    It’s October folks!

  12. Fzzt says:

    @MMel – Thanks for the laugh

  13. While I like these for my own home I’m not sure about putting holes in other people’s houses. How bad is the hole or mark that is left after you remove them from the house or porch? We’re always looking for tips on decorating over at http://thechristmasguy.com/ I look forward to your response about the holes. Thanks

    • Anna says:

      The point is you put the hooks up and leave them there permanently, so each Christmas you just put up the lights on the hooks that are already there. Makes decorating really easy!

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