Lighting Towers – Mobile Lighting Generators
High-intensity electric lamp(s) attached to a mast. One or more LED or Metal Halide bulbs powered by a combustion engine or Solar System. Creating electricity with mechanical or Solar & Battery power. In this case, widespread portable lighting. Mainly utilized in construction, mining and military applications, as well as; film industry and event applications. Also used for backup lighting in case of power cuts and in areas without available grid power. Lighting Towers serve to provide High-intensity, temporary, outdoor illumination wherever it may be required.
Things to consider when purchasing or renting a Lighting Tower
One must first consider the coverage of light required, this is usually calculated in square metres, or lux (lumens per square metre). Most lighting plants today cover anything from 500 square metres to 5,000 square metres.
This is used to determine the lamp size, number of lamps required per mast and the size of the generator required to power said lamps. The generator is measured in kVA or kW. This will also help determine if more than one lighting plant will be required for any given application.
Depending on the application, most Lighting Plants include a trailer base with wheels, stabilizers and tow hitch. This enables one to transport a Lighting Tower from site to site and be easily positioned into place.
Alternative and more cost-effective High Quality Lighting Towers include forklift slots for positioning, loading and transport, as well as stabilizers once the unit is in operation.
Over and above preference or cost effectiveness, site regulations pertaining to Lighting Plants will usually dictate which type of bulb or lamp can be utilized. Metal Halide bulbs comprise of combustible elements required for illumination, thus cannot be used in gaseous environments. However; this is a more cost-effective high power option.
LED bulbs are a much safer, high powered lighting option for gaseous environments, and are significantly more efficient than most Metal Halide or Fluorescent lamps. Some of the most efficient commercially available LED bulb/lamps have efficiencies of over 150 lumens per watt. This will assist in the maximum kVA/kW and overall physical size of the generator required.
Specific site requirements will also dictate maximum operational noise level.
There are various Lighting Plant options and sizes to choose from. Diesel and LPG gas operated engines being the quietest and most fuel-efficient options readily available today.
Fuel efficiency is another thing one should consider when choosing a Portable Lighting Tower, as availability of more fuel is not always guaranteed, and this cost factor needs to be considered as well.
Benefits of purchasing a Lighting Tower
Lighting towers are versatile and assist in many different operations.
Various industries from construction to film often involve night time operations in order to complete projects within scheduled deadlines.
Portable Lighting towers have also been used in military and rescue operations.
A Lighting Towers’ design and purpose is to maximize light coverage and assist with well lit environments for workers and personnel in the most rugged and remote outdoor locations.
Technology in Power Generation and Lighting is ever evolving.
Various generator sizes and options are available for various Lighting Towers, from Diesel and Gas operated generators, to Solar & Battery electricity generation. Lamp type, manually operated light masts or hydraulic systems.
High quality lighting towers are built robustly for tough environments and to withstand any weather.
Mobile Lighting Towers can be licensed for road use and towed to any location.
Smaller units can be positioned and relocated by hand. Some lighting tower options are coupled separately to a small petrol generator and can be separated from the light mast and chassis to be used as a conventional generator.
Combustion Engine Lighting Plants and their enclosures have been engineered to minimize noise levels, as sound attenuation is a desirable factor when utilizing a Lighting Plant in any environment.