Post # 1
I went to target today and bought up a whole bunch of globe lights that were on sale for 50 percent off. I got six boxes. So at 25 ft per box, I have roughly 150 feet of lights. Can’t really say what the perimeter of my tent is, but I know the area is 2000 sq feet. Does 150 feet sound like enough to you? It’s a regular rectangular tent. I’d really rather not have to email the venue people about it. I’m sure they are sick of me. lol
On a side note…The “String” part of these lights happens to be green. What do you all think of unscrewing the bulbs (there are 30 per strand) and spray painting it black so they look like official cafe lights?
BTW, if you head to target to get these lights, they were only 4.50 a box for the target brand ones! But if you live in Hampton Roads don’t go please in case I need more. Haha kidding 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t think you have enough. If you assume that it’s a square, and 150 covers all 4 sides, each side would be 37.5. The area would be about 1,400 square feet. If the tent is a square, sides of about 44 ft, perimeter of 179 ft would work. But since you said it’s a rectangle, it’s hard to tell. I think you need to ask them the size of the tent so you are sure.
Post # 4
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If your tent has 2000 square feet, and is a rectangle, not a square, the first thing that pops into my head from learning my times tables is 4×5 = 20. So 40×50 = 2000. That makes the length of the edge of the tent 40+40+50+50 = 180. Only your tent company knows what the real dimensions are, that was just an easy guess for a ballpark figure. Don’t forget that you’ll need either extra strings of lights, or an extension cord, to get from the closest socket to where you want to start hanging them.
I’ve asked my lighting technician fiance, and he says that he doesn’t think spray-painting the cords would be a hazard. Just make sure to tape over the little sockets once you take the bulbs out, so no paint gets on the contacts inside. That won’t make it burst into flames (hopefully) but it will stop that socket from working, and depending on how they’re wired, that might make the whole string not work. Think of Christmas lights that fail when one bulb dies.
Post # 5
Thank you guys! I’m terrible at math…I stood in the store for ten minutes trying to do the math in my head and couldn’t figure it out. lol. I guess I’m going to the store for two or three more boxes of lights. I’d rather have too many than not enough.
Post # 6
Instead of calling your rental company, can you check their website for the tent dimensions?
Post # 7
Instead of spray painting the cord you can wrap it with black electrical tape.