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Flagpole Lights

Once you have a flagpole, you may want to add lights to illuminate a flag flown at night. Without illumination, it is custom to lower the flag at sundown.

If you are considering buying flagpole lights, here are some tips:

  • For the proper illumination of the flag, you need to use spotlights, not floodlights.
  • Usually located at the base of the flagpole, spotlights can be in-ground or above the ground. The advantage of In-ground lights is that they eliminate the hazard arising from mowing or walking around the flagpole.
  • The spotlights need to be designed for outdoor use and protected from rain and snow.
  • Lights that are powered by photocells eliminate having to bury wires for electricity but need to be in areas where there is sun to re-charge them.
  • If your flagpole is tall, you may need more than one light so all of the flag can be seen, not just the lower part.
  • If you are concerned that the light might bother the neighbors, consider a lighting system that is in the ball (finial) at the top of the flagpole. It shines down on the flag and uses less light, which make it less likely to disturb the neighbors.


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