Benefits of using a portable light tower on your site


Portable Light Towers

Portable light towers offer higher illumination levels and do not produce dark spots. They offer numerous advantages, but you must meet certain requirements to purchase one. Most portable light towers have wheels, however, others can be mounted to a variety of vehicles. All mobile light towers require a power source or generator, such as a Cummins diesel generator, regardless of type and size.

Weather resistance, operational efficiency and up to 70 hours of run time are all key features of portable light towers due to the 100 liter fuel tank capacity.

Why do you need a portable light tower on your construction site?

In the early 1990s, working in low light conditions was nothing new. However, on today's roads and construction sites, light towers are commonplace and we often see hordes of workers working late into the night to ensure maximum output while reducing the impact on traffic.

Lighthouses are used all over the world to provide light in challenging and even dangerous environments. They are becoming more frequent as the demand for project completion is high and frequent night work is required to keep projects on schedule.

For large locations, it is critical to have a lasting light source that can effectively illuminate the work area. To allow employees to complete tasks safely and easily at night, the role of mobile light towers is growing by the day.

On construction, mining and outdoor public event sites, mobile light towers are important pieces of equipment that provide illumination for a range of applications and operations that must be performed during periods of darkness or poor visibility. Most importantly, they ensure that workers can do their jobs quickly and safely, even in low light conditions.

Is it possible to use a mobile light tower as a generator?

Diesel generators with lighting components are known as mobile light towers. In most cases, the light tower has an additional power source in addition to the power source for the running lights. Most light towers can now be used as small generators, allowing for multiple uses.

On construction sites, light towers are sometimes forgotten until they need to be turned on or off. However, when the sun goes down, the light tower becomes one of the most important pieces of equipment on site, like a flashlight in a dark alley.

LED Light Towers

When selecting LED light towers for your project, consider the size and area to be illuminated, as well as the operating hours of the light tower. For example, metal halide towers are recommended for areas smaller than 4,000 square meters that require less than one day of lighting because they are less expensive to install than LEDs.

LED bulbs outperform metal halide lamps in terms of durability, with an expected lifetime of more than 30,000 hours. Therefore, LEDs are preferred for extreme situations or heavy-duty applications such as construction or mining because they provide greater coverage, lower fuel consumption and longer run times.

Power for Mobile Light Towers

When choosing a mobile light tower, it is also important to consider how it will be powered. Purely electric light towers represent the latest breakthrough technology due to their excellent plug-and-play capabilities and may be considered if power is easily available at the job site.

Users can easily connect directly to any single power source, such as an auxiliary power source, a small diesel or gasoline generator, or the grid. Some electric light towers offer modular connections, allowing up to four light towers to be powered by a single generator. A portable light tower power source can improve repair and maintenance efficiency while also reducing the total cost of ownership.

Because purely electric light towers have a smaller footprint than diesel alternatives, they are not only quieter and more environmentally friendly, but also ensure that lighting operations are not interrupted by additional maintenance required to refuel or repair mechanical components.

However, light towers powered by engines or other energy sources (such as diesel) are the best choice when working in remote areas where electricity supply is limited or non-existent. However, models with low fuel consumption should be considered to avoid continuous refueling and to ensure that the strategy is cost effective.

Tips for choosing the right light tower

First, choose whether to rent or purchase a light tower. For example, in the case of a one-time project, renting a model with long-term efficiency qualities may be best.

If you are dealing with an ongoing project, it may be a better investment to purchase the lighthouse for its entire life cycle. The right choice should be exceptionally long-lasting and provide good protection for the internal components. You should also make sure that the engine, alternator, panel controls and drainage points are all easily accessible, as reaching these areas on some light towers can be time-consuming.

So, which portable light tower should you choose?

Whereas portable light towers once had a short life expectancy, today, thanks to advanced technology and more available options, mobile light towers offer greater durability and value.

Location, specialized job requirements and environmental conditions, as well as energy availability, site size and necessary coverage, are all factors to consider. Doing your research and choosing wisely can ensure you get a mobile light tower that will improve jobsite productivity, safety and visibility. a good choice is Viking Industrial's range of branded portable light towers. Contact our staff to discuss the portable light tower that best suits your needs.

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