Benefits Of Using Portable Light Towers On Your Site

Jun 22, 2022 | Lighting

Portable Light Towers

Portable light towers have a higher amount of illumination and don’t generate black patches. They provide numerous advantages, but you must meet certain requirements in order to purchase one. The majority of mobile lighting towers have wheels, however, others can be mounted to various vehicles. All mobile light towers require an electric power source or a generator like Diesel Generator Cummins, regardless of the type and size.

Weather resistance, operating efficiency and a run time of up to 70 hours thanks to the 100-litre fuel tank capacity are all key features of portable lighting towers.

Why do you need portable lighting towers for your construction site?

Working in low-light circumstances was nothing new in the early 1990s. However, on today’s roadways and construction sites, light towers are commonplace, and we frequently see teams of workers working late into the night to ensure maximum output with less impact on traffic.

Lighting Tower

Light towers are used all around the world to provide light in challenging, even dangerous settings. With the high demand for project completion and frequent night work to keep projects on pace, they are becoming more frequently used.

For large sites, it is essential to have a long-lasting light source that can illuminate work areas effectively. To allow employees to complete their tasks safely and easily at night, the role of mobile light towers has grown day by day. 

On construction, mining and outdoor public event job sites, mobile light towers are a crucial piece of equipment, providing lighting for a range of applications and operations that must be done during hours of darkness or poor visibility. Above all, they ensure that workers can complete their duties quickly and safely, even in low light.

Is it possible to use mobile light towers as generators?

A diesel generator with a lighting component is known as a mobile light tower. The light tower has an additional power source in most cases, in addition to the power source for the running lights. Most light towers can now function as small generators, allowing them to serve many purposes.

On the construction site, light towers are sometimes forgotten until they need to be turned on or off. When the sun sets, however, the light tower, like flashlights in dark alleys, becomes one of the most crucial pieces of equipment on site.

LED light towers

When choosing an LED light tower for your project, consider the size and area that has to be illuminated, as well as the amount of time the light tower will be in operation. A metal halide light tower, for example, is recommended for an area of less than 4,000 m2 that requires illumination for less than a day because it is less expensive to install than an LED.

LED bulbs exceed metal halide lamps in terms of durability, with a projected lifetime of more than 30,000 hours. As a result, LED is the preferable choice for extreme situations or heavy-duty applications, such as construction or mining, because it delivers increased coverage, lower fuel consumption and longer operational hours.

Mobile light towers’ power source

When choosing a mobile light tower, it’s also crucial to think about how it will be powered. Electric-only light towers, which represent the latest breakthrough technology due to their remarkable plug-and-light capabilities, may be considered if there is easy access to an electrical power supply at the job site.

Users can connect to any single power source, such as auxiliary power, a small diesel or petrol generator, or the grid directly, with ease. Modular connectivity is available on some electrical light towers, allowing up to four light towers to be powered by a single generator. A portable light tower’s power source can improve servicing and maintenance efficiency while also cutting the overall cost of ownership.

Because electric-only light towers have a smaller footprint than diesel alternatives, they are not only quieter and more environmentally friendly, they also ensure that lighting operations are not disrupted by refuelling or additional maintenance required to service mechanical parts.

However, when working in distant locations where access to electric power is limited or non-existent, light towers powered by an engine or other sources of energy, such as diesel, are the best alternative. However, models with low fuel consumption should be considered to avoid continuous refilling and guarantee the strategy is cost-effective.

Tips for choosing the right lighting tower

To begin, choose whether a light tower should be rented or purchased. In the case of a one-time project, for example, renting a model with qualities for long-term efficiency might be best.

If you are working across ongoing projects, buying can be a better investment throughout the lifecycle of a light tower. The right choice should be exceptionally long-lasting and offer great protection for internal components. You should also make sure that the engine, alternator, panel control and drain points are all easily accessible, as getting to those areas on certain light towers can be time-consuming.

So, which mobile light tower should you go with?

Where portable light towers once had a short life expectancy, today, mobile light towers offer greater endurance and value because of the advanced technology and increased number of options available.

Location, specialised working demands and environmental conditions, as well as energy availability, site size and necessary coverage, are all factors to consider. Doing your research and choosing wisely ensures you will receive a mobile light tower that enhances productivity, security and visibility on the job site. A range of branded transportable light towers of Viking Industrial is a great choice. Contact our staff to discuss the best portable light towers for your needs.

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