If you choose to fly your American flag 24-7 then according to the rules of flag etiquette it must be illuminated between dusk and dawn. The most efficient way to handle the lighting is to install a solar light.
You can have a solar light on top of the flag pole or you can mount one on the shaft of the flag pole. Most often solar lights are placed in the ground with the light beams aimed at the flag.
Your kids may ask “How does solar flag pole light work?” The solar light absorbs and stores energy from the sun and when it gets dark, the sensors turn the lights on.
The initial purchase of solar flag lights can be pricey but keep in mind this light will not have an effect on your electric bill.If bad weather doesn’t allow the solar lights to go on then you will need to take down the flag.
Many people install an electric light which can be used on such an occasion. You will need to use a timer that will turn the light off and on at pre-set times.
There are different specifications with various solar lights. Commercial grade lights are heavy duty and reliable.
Residential solar lights are good for illumination of personal flag poles and do a great job of showing off the flag at night. A solar light uses super bright LED’s. LED’s use little energy but can light up most flags with no problems.
Solar lighting is very reliable and in addition to flag illumination, they can also be used as security lights and even at times for a spot light. Incandescent light can be used in these situations but not as effective and at a much higher cost than solar lighting which will last just as long or longer than electric lighting.