With Veterans Day approaching the importance of a properly illuminated flag is at an all time high. As per U.S Flag Code; It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. Today we will discuss the different solar light options for your flagpoles and go over which fixture and configuration, will yield you the best results.
What is considered Proper Flag Illumination?
The Flag Code does not specify as to what exactly proper flag illumination demands, but we feel the brighter the better. We typically recommend enough light in the area that the flag can be seen in plain sight. The location and style of hanging is going to dictate the best options for solar illumination. Below we will go over the main styles and configurations and discuss the most common and effective uses.
Top of Pole Mount
One of the newest configurations for solar flagpole illumination is the Top of Pole mount option. This configuration is typically used in areas that have a lot of ground foliage and direct sunlight limitations. By mounting directly to the top of the flagpole, you can show off a flagpole topper, while simultaneously providing sufficient area illumination to properly light up your flag. This configuration also typically offers ample accessibility to direct sunlight for longest possible operation. Check out the Double Row Solar Flagpole Top Light.
Flagpole Mounted Lights
The most common fixtures used for small to medium sized flagpoles (6-20 Ft) are mounted directly to the subject matter. This allows for perfect placement of light fixtures and angling of solar panels. Typically, a 360 Degree illumination is easily achieved in this configuration. A perfect example is the very popular Extreme Commercial Solar Flagpole Light.
Ground Mount Spot and Flood Lighting
A ground mounted spot or flood light configuration is also a common option for flagpole illumination. Typically, this type of set up is common in short pole configurations or when flags are mounted directly to home roofs, monuments and statues. The spot/flood lights can be mounted up close near the flag or from a lower position shining upwards. We highly recommend the Brand New Pro Series Color Changing Solar Spot Light.
Commercial Solar Flagpole Lights
Once a flagpole reaches sizes spanning above 20 feet, we highly recommend considering a commercial kit. These kits are designed to last for days without sunlight and offer the highest lumen output options available. Commercial options are also the most reliable and will always offer full dusk to dawn illumination. The most popular being the Earthtech Products Commercial Solar Flag Pole Lighting Kit.
We truly believe in proper flagpole illumination and hope this guide will help the general public locate the perfect light fixture this holiday. As always, we are just a phone call away (877-548-3387) and are happy to offer our expertise on all of your solar needs!