Renting a light tower requires planning, and you need to know exactly what you hope to achieve from it. Simply knowing you want light isn’t enough. Here are five steps to follow to ensure you cover all your bases when renting a portable light tower:
- Ascertain How Much Light You Need
Before you choose the perfect lighting towers, you have to clarify what their purpose will be. Are you renting them in order to illuminate a construction site for workers? Do you need them for a concert or an event? If so, how large of an area do you need to illuminate?
All of the above will help you to determine how bright the lights need to be. Light towers can generally provide visibility for areas between seven and 10 acres in size. The type of event will also dictate the necessary brightness. Night markets and concerts require a lower level of ambient light so that the stage can be emphasized. By contrast, construction sites require clear visibility.
- Ensure The Light Tower You Rent Has Stabilization Features
If you’re not experienced in using light towers, be warned that the higher they extend, the more they are subject to strong winds. Request a light tower that can resist winds of at least 65 m/p. You should also be able to choose between a light tower with a manual winch or an electric winch to extend the mast. If you don’t have a fit and strong team, be sure to request an electric winch. Light towers can usually extend to a height of around 30 feet, but make sure you measure any doorways, entrances, and other possible restrictions before you place your order.
- Double-Check Your Light Tower Meets Your Power Needs
Light towers can be powered in a number of ways. Common power sources include fuel (like diesel), solar power, a generator hire, electricity, or batteries. Electricity-powered towers are quieter, making them more suitable for social events and concerts. If you’re working in a remote area, electricity might not be available, making diesel or battery power your best option. You can always speak to the knowledgeable consultants who rent out light towers, explaining your situation.
- Halide or LED Lights?
Halide lights are older but also far brighter and warmer. They take longer to reach full illumination and also require time to cool down and power off. They’re less efficient but better for construction sites because they improve visibility dramatically. This same feature makes them unsuitable for events because they can be blinding. This can be especially problematic if there are roads nearby. They’re also quite hot and can increase the overall temperature of the area they light up.
LED lights are more modern, cast a cooler light, and turn on and off instantly, making them more convenient to use. They’re more expensive to hire but less power-hungry.
- Factor In Your Transport Needs
Delivery is an additional service you can request, but if you’re on a budget, consider opting for a light tower you can collect yourself and transport without a hassle. Request information on light towers that can be loaded and transported easily to see what your options are and how they tie in with your needs.
Familiarizing yourself with the latest innovations in the lighting industry will help you get the best possible value for the budget you are dedicating to this. It’s also useful to chat with your supplier as they may know of features on certain models that might simplify matters for you.
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