Alright, time to really make some progress. I was going to build a canopy but I think I may hold off and use that as a winter project. I wanted something that would at least work for the time being so I whipped together this simple method of hanging the lights. It's simple, secure, and isn't TOO ugly! Any feedback on the setup? The brackets were hung using drywall anchors rated for 45 pounds so I feel confident in their ability to hang 7lb lights.