I've been trying to figure out whether or not it's safe to use regular hooks in the ceiling without a toggle or joist or other reinforcement for lightweight applications. I would imagine there would only be maybe 3 pounds of force on it. I just don't want to drill big holes in the ceiling.
Everywhere I look it says to hang things from the ceiling you need to have the hook in the joist, or you have to use anchors but it says for around 10 pounds and over. I'm just using them for string lights though. I'd really prefer to have something non-invasive that won't scar the ceiling if I decide to remove them. I was thinking I could just use standard drywall hooks.
Each one needs to support just the weight of 2 or 3 strands or string lights that drape from the wall to the center of the ceiling.
Are there any particular sizes I should look for, threads, or specific types of hooks or whatnot or should any small ceiling hook work?
Everywhere I search, people are trying to use their hooks for heavier applications like big light fixtures, plants, etc. so I wasn't sure if it was ok for small light things. Also I have attached the string lights in question. Little heavier than Christmas lights but not by much.
The entire 100 foot string weighs 12 pounds and will be across 13 hooks.