Do you prefer a crisp, clean look when lighting flagpoles? With a little bit of creativity, gaudy fixtures can be eliminated, and replaced with recessed fixtures. This becomes a relatively easy task with the introduction of high output low voltage LED lights.
Our most recent application was to illuminate the flagpole at the Greystone Golf Club outside of Birmingham. It was an approximate 30′ flagpole. We selected fixtures that accommodated 10watt 15 degree LED PAR lamps. The photometrics of these lamps proved adequate for strong illumination at this distance.
By following a few simple guidelines, installation is relatively simple.
First, begin by creating a layout. Most times, three fixtures will adequately illuminate a flag pole. They should be equidistant from the pole and equidistant to each other.
Next, using a post hole digger, remove sod and dirt to the required depth for the fixture, allowing several inches for pea gravel. The gravel will facilitate better drainage.
Next, insert the fixture into the hole, ensuring that it will be “flush” with the sod line, so that mowers can pass over the top. Also be sure that the adjusting mechanism for the fixture will facilitate bulb adjustment toward the flag pole.
The next step is to clean debris off of the lens, and cover it with a clear plastic or glass cover. This cover will keep trash and debris from settling into the fixture.
The final step is to place a grated cover over the fixture. These covers are typically available in aluminum or brass. Brass is the recommended choice because it will be much more resilient and durable.
Once Spring arrives and the grass begins to green, these recessed fixtures will be virtually non-existent.