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How to Hang an Outdoor Light – No Holes!

Learn more about Gorilla Tape, the strongest tape ever! I used it to hang an outdoor light, without using nails. See what I did here!

Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape

Have you noticed that when your neighbors find out that you like DIY projects, they give you “challenges?” I don’t know if this happens to you, but it happens to us.

Steve and I are always willing to tackle pretty much any DIY project, and our neighbors know this well. Therefore it’s easy to hook us in with four little words: “I bet you can’t . . . . ” I bet you CAN, right??

I know many of you are with me. Our new neighbors around the corner issued us a bit of a challenge recently after they found out that we love home improvements. They’re renting a house down the street before they decide whether or not to buy in our neighborhood. Here’s their cute rental:

Modern home in the Pacific northwest

One issue with all of the side yards in our neighborhood (which Steve and I have learned from experience) is that they are VERY dark at night. When you have dogs that go out late, or any time during the winter, you really need a light. Most outdoor lights are easy to install – with screws. Which brings me to the challenge.

Handful of screws

As I said, our neighbors are renters, and their landlord has strictly forbid them to drill any holes. And won’t hang a light for them!! Therefore any lights that they hang have to be semi-permanent. Our neighbors can touch up paint, but no holes. So now you see what I’m getting at? They gave us the challenge!!

And we immediately knew what we were going to try: Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape.

Have you heard of this product? It’s a crystal clear, double-sided tape that sticks to both smooth and rough surfaces, and can be used both indoors and outdoors. The bond is long-lasting and weatherproof, and we figured hanging a light would be the perfect time to try it.

Gorilla glue clear tape

Hang an Outdoor Light

When you are removing the Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape from the package, do it carefully. It really sticks! You’ll want to make sure your hands are washed and you are ready to go when you remove the tape – because it doesn’t come to play.

Metal piece with tape attached

We took two pieces of the Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape and stuck it on either side of the mounting plate. This tape works with a lot of plastics, metal, wood, glass, brick, ceramic, stone, and more.

The only place is really doesn’t work is on wallpaper, delicate surfaces, and some PP plastics. In this case, our mounting plate was metal. The tape stuck very quickly – so you’ll want to make sure it’s in the right location before pressing it down.

Solar light attached to a home with Gorilla Tape

After that you’re going to remove the strips on the top of the tape. If you don’t have long fingernails, use a craft knife or tweezers to help you grab a corner.

Then you’re going to make sure the surface is dry and relatively clean (just wipe away loose dirt). Then press down firmly. This Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape REALLY STICKS!

Hanging solar light on the side of a house

After we taped up the lower, solar bracket, we also used the Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape to place the upper light plate as well. The Gorilla tape holds up to 15 lbs*, though our neighbors’ light was probably 2 – 3 at the most. (*Weight limits may vary depending on surface texture, porosity and flatness of surface. Both surfaces must be completely flat to make full contact with adhesive.)

My neighbors’ light is pretty cool as its solar powered and also has a motion detector. This tape formed an instant, long-lasting bond with the siding and is completely weatherproof! And you can imagine how much rain we get here in the lovely Northwest!

Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape

I’m happy that my neighbors were able to add a light and that we were able to help them do so. I can’t take all the credit though . . . this Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape is pretty amazing. What would you hang with this product?

S Monkarsh

Monday 17th of July 2023

Hello- great post! . We are in the same situation with our landlord. Can you please tell me what brand of security light they used? Thank you!


Wednesday 7th of September 2022

We used this after researching other posts (not this one) to hang some outdoor solar lights, (less than two pounds), on our vinyl fence. They all fell within a day. What a disappointment to say the least. I added my comment here for others to see. I hung all 12 lights, maybe start with one or two first.


Wednesday 7th of September 2022

It's because your fence is vinyl. The notes on the package say about plastics "Weight limits may vary depending on surface texture, porosity and flatness of surface. Both surfaces must be completely flat to make full contact with adhesive." So my guess is even if the vinyl is flat it's the porosity. This tape doesn't work with all plastics.

Angela Janisse

Wednesday 5th of September 2018

Love my gorilla glue I had no idea you could use tape.

Melanie Conn

Thursday 3rd of March 2022

Thanks for sharing this, I just bought 2 dolors lights for over the Front door but since my hubby just resided our house last summer He would probably die if I put any holes in the new siding lol. I am going to try this. Gorilla products are meant to last. My son got their super glue on his new dresser. I tried everything to get it off. No luck except sanding and refinished it .

Cortney Masterson

Saturday 14th of July 2018

I'm for sure gonna give this a go! Thank you!

Denise Jones

Saturday 14th of July 2018

This tape is the bezt around!!