How to Hang Black Lights with a Cord

Whether you've bought black lights to highlight a fluorescent display, create a mood in your dorm room, or for some other purpose, at some point you're going to have to deal with hanging them.

Most black lights are powered by electricity, though some do run on batteries.Most black lights are powered by electricity, though some do run on batteries.
While the light casing of your average black light has holes where screws or nails can be threaded through, the cord is often left just to dangle. To deal with this potentially unsightly problem, you'll have to get a bit resourceful.

Plan for the placement of your black lights. Try to choose a location where your cord can reach the corner or the bottom or top trim of a wall and will also be able to easily reach an outlet. Test out the location by holding the black light up to that spot and arranging the cord so it reaches the closest corner or trim and then snakes along that straight edge to the nearest outlet. If there is not enough cord, find an extension cord.

Attach your black light to the wall by fixing screws through the holes in the light casing and into the wall.

Pull the cord tightly to the nearest corner or trim board, where the cord can lie flat and appear as inconspicuous as possible.

Hammer a U-shaped nail around the cord to fix it to its location. If your cord has reached a corner, pull it down taut along the corner now, and place a U-shaped nail around the cord every foot until you get close to the outlet.

Things You Will Need

  • Drill
  • Screws
  • U-shaped nails
  • Hammer


  • If you have to hang your black lights by their own cord for some reason, be sure to choose a lighter-weight black light. Pin the cord to the ceiling or wall with U-shaped nails in as many places as possible to fix the cord tightly to its base.


  • Take precautions when using a black light. Overexposure to the UV rays that black lights produce could cause damage to your eyes or skin.

About the Author

Nicole Vulcan has been a journalist since 1997, covering parenting and fitness for The Oregonian, careers for CareerAddict, and travel, gardening and fitness for Black Hills Woman and other publications. Vulcan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from the University of Minnesota. She's also a lifelong athlete and is pursuing certification as a personal trainer.