How do I Restrain a Wind Blown Outdoor Pendant Light?

You can securely restrain an outdoor pendant light to avoid wind damage.

Pendant lights left unsecured in a windstorm may get smashed into pieces.Pendant lights left unsecured in a windstorm may get smashed into pieces.
Outdoor pendant lights are hung from buildings and posts to shed light on the pathway below. Theses hanging lights are often allowed to swing freely when light breezes blow by. When high speed winds are in the forecast pendant lights can be quickly restrained to limit their motion during the storm. The restrained pendant light can be freed in seconds once the severe weather has passed.

Hold a level horizontally under the base of the pendant light and keep it even as you make a small mark on the light post or adjacent wall at the base height. Make a second mark opposite the first at the same height.

Twist the screw rings straight in to the marks on the wall or post. You may need to drill slightly narrower guide holes before screwing in the rings if the wall or post is hard. Send the screw rings in until none of the threads are visible.

Tie steel wire to the screw rings and connect the untied ends to the base of the pendant light. Use pliers to twist the wire onto the pendant light and both screw rings until there is very little slack. Push on the pendant light to test the effect of the stabilizing wires.

Disconnect the restraints after the storm has passed by simply cutting the wires connection to the light and the rings. Leave the screw rings in place for the next time you need to tie down the hanging lights.

Things You Will Need

  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Electric drill and drill bit (optional)
  • 2 galvanized steel screw rings
  • Galvanized steel wire (18 gauge or thicker)
  • Pliers


  • Wrap a pendant light in bubble wrap if you have difficulty keeping it restrained in severe wind conditions.
  • Shorten the length of the hanging chain to reduce the distance a pendant light can swing. Fold the chain and connect the links with strong plastic cable ties to adjust the length.


  • Use a sturdy ladder to work on pendant lights that are difficult to reach. Ask an assistant to hold the base of the ladder if you feel unsteady.

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