Light towers on construction sites are not just for convenience. They can also be a very important safety measure. When renting light towers for your project, it’s important to consider why your site needs one, how many you will need and where the towers should ideally be placed for proper lighting.
Importance of Light Towers
First and foremost, light towers provide strong lighting for your site which allows you to work after dark. This is a major advantage in terms of productivity and getting the job completed as quickly as possible. Having a light tower on site allows the workday to be extended, so more work gets done each day.
In addition to providing light when it’s dark, light towers also make construction sites safer. Some companies within the industry even use light towers during the day, especially in an indoor project or covered work site. Although this may seem counter-intuitive, running the light tower indoors during the day allows workers to have better visualization of the work they are doing and tools they are working with. Having better lighting can also reduce the risk of accidents or injuries on the job. The better the lighting, the better the accuracy and precision your worker can perform their tasks.
Light towers can also help protect your construction site overnight when no workers are around. A dark construction site can quickly become a target for theft or vandalism. By keeping the site well-lit, the risk is for criminal activity is decreased. If your site is located near a main road with public side walks or roads, overnight lighting can help pedestrians pass the site more safely.
How to Determine Your Light Tower Needs
Whether it’s residential, commercial or industrial construction, or welding, plumbing or electrical work, every site can benefit from using a light tower. When renting a light tower, it’s important to figure out what size and quantity you will ideally need.
In most cases, metal halide bulbs are preferable for light tower rentals since they have a longer life per bulb and use less energy compared to many other types of bulbs. Metal halide bulbs have been the number one lighting choice in the industry for over 40 years, and are typically found in light towers designed for construction, sporting and other events.
Light Tower Placement
If you’re not sure how many light towers your site will need, you can use the following general rule of thumb: each square foot requires 30 watts of power. For example, a light tower with 4 1000watt lamps, like our Atlas Copco V4 Light Towers, can illuminate approximately 133 square feet.
It’s important to have the best placement for your light towers; spacing them out will provide proper lighting with fewer towers. Pay attention to the angles as setting the correct angle for your light towers will allow you to get the best lighting for your site.
With proper lighting, your site will be safer and more efficient. To make sure you’ve got the best lighting for your construction site, speak with a professional.