Hey all -
Any experience with what type of lighting is best for lighting a flag?
It's going to be about 25' up, and the flag is approx 5' long.
I'd prefer to get as tight a beam as possible on the flag, so as not to
piss off the neighbors at night.
I use a 45-watt spot lamp made for outdoor use. It's a Halogen lamp
made by GE. Looks just like the flood lamps used for security
lighting, but the beam is only 12-degrees wide. Bought it at Home
Depot. The only thing that lights up is the flag and the pole.
Nothing shoots up into the sky.
Sounds exactly like what I'm looking for.
How far from the pole did you install it? Initially I was thinking of
installing the lamp about 4' from the pole, but now I'm thinking the
best thing might be is to install right at the base and aim it straight
I put the lamp in an outdoor socket that has a spike on the back. I
stuck it in the ground, pointing straight up, about a foot from the
pole. I use a timer that has a photo-electric cell so it turns on at
dusk and off at dawn.
You can fly the flag at night as long as it is lit that is why he wants to
buy a light. Just remember you will probably need more than one light since
it will need to be lit no matter which direction it is waving. At the AF
Base where I work they have 3 light facing straight up at the base of the
pole. They would only light the flag. The odd part is they take the flag
down at night as far as I can recall.?
This web site explains it all.
The more vertical the light the better off you will be as the light will
not be seen at all unless the flag crosses the beam so it will not be
noticeable from your neighbors
The best kind of lighting "downlights" the flag from a small rack of LEDs or
low wattage incandescent spots on top of the flag pole directed downard.
There's little stray light and very few watts are required.
An alternative if you have to mount the lighting fixtures on the ground is
to use two or three 20 or 25 watt PAR36 or MR16 low voltage narrow spot
lamps (12 volt). Use a fixture with a long tube or shield so that the light
doesn't spill in all directions and is directed only where the flag will be.
Power the system with a transformer designed for outdoor landscape lighting.
Some transformers have a timer or photocell/timer combinations so they are
on only when it's likely that someone will be looking at the flag.
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