When shopping for a flagpole, there are so many details that go into it. Do you want an internal or external halyard flagpole? What size? Do you want satin or a different color? Where do you want the flagpole to go? And one of the last things you think about is lighting for your flagpole. How do I light my flag so I can fly it at night?
Hard Wiring Options
Existing Exterior Lighting
If your flagpole is close to a building or house we recommend installing a light that illuminates the flag from the structure. This is the most reliable way to light your flag. This can also be a very affordable way if you already have the electrical in place. A light is an easy purchase. This is our preference when it comes to lighting a flagpole.
Ground lighting is similar to landscape lighting but has different lighting voltages depending on the height of the flagpole. There are many lighting options from a low voltage landscape light to a high powered commercial light. This option is perfect with new construction where you can include the electrical in final construction. This option requires an electrician to bring power to the bottom of the flagpole.
The beacon light is commercial grade light with a light built into a ball or internal truck. The light shines down on the flag and is a certified IDA Approved Dark-Sky Friendly Fixture and does not add any light pollution. The wires are hard-wired and are threaded through the flagpole to the top of the flagpole. This option requires an electrician to bring power to the bottom of the flagpole.
The PoleLED is a brand new flagpole light where the lights are arranged in a circle midway up the pole ensuring the flag is lit at all times. This light is the same color of the flagpole giving a sleek, clean lighting option. The wire goes through the flagpole down to a power supply outside of the flagpole. This option requires an electrician to bring power to the bottom of the flagpole.
The light sits on top of the flagpole providing light shining down on the flag, but emulating a gold ball. The ball is untraditional, but is an excellent option. The StarGazer is a certified IDA Approved Dark-Sky Friendly Fixture and does not add any light pollution. This option requires an electrician to bring power to the bottom of the flagpole.
Solar Lights for Flagpole
Solar lights are another option we offer when it comes to lighting your flag. There are a few solar options.
Solar Down Light
A solar downlight looks like a disk just below the ball and shines down on the flag from the top of the flagpole. This is an affordable option and the disk is not very noticeable from the ground. The one downfall is when the light dies, you have to get to the top of the flagpole to replace it. We just had one customer who had their solar down light for almost 10 years. The newer solar lights have improved and should have a respectable life.
Solar Up Light
The other solar light option we have is a solar up light. This light attaches to the base of the flagpole, and shines up on the flag. This solar light is slightly more expensive, and is noticeable from the ground. An advantage of the solar up light is the ease to replace since it can be accessed from the ground.
Beacon Lights with Solar Panel Lighting
The beacon lights described above have an option to add a solar panel instead of being hardwired. The large solar panel is fixed to the flagpole midway up the pole and wiring is threaded through a hole and up to the top of the flagpole. This large solar panel can be considered an eyesore.
While there are many options to choose from, they can come at a cost. We have the solar down light and solar up light available here. If you are interested in any of the other lighting options, reach out and we can get you a quote.