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Flag Pole Lighting

Where to place your flag pole lighting?

Flag pole lighting allows you to fly your flag 24 hours a day. As you may know, flag etiquette suggests that you take your flag down just before dark and donít put it up again until daylight, unless you illuminate from dusk to dawn.

Lighting for your flag pole can be in the finial or a lamp can be clamped at the top of the pole and the light is aimed downward. However this can be a problem if the light fails. How do you change it?

My flagpole is illuminated by a solar in ground light which collects light and powers up the lamp/bulb during the nightís darkness and then goes out when the sun is up.

Where should you place your in the ground lights so that the flag is clearly seen? The rule of thumb is that you put the light at a distance of half the height of the pole. So if your pole is thirty feet tall, measure fifteen feet from the flag pole and install the flagpole lighting there. When it gets dark turn on the light and focus it on the flag.

You can do yourself a favor and get a light with a sensor that will go on at dusk and go off at daylight without you doing anything else to it. Another possibility is to put it on a timer so that it will go on and off at a particular time.

You should see to it that if a bad storm with damaging winds, like a hurricane or tornado, is coming the flag is taken down so that it wonít be shredded by the wind. If that should happen, the flag should be burned. In some places the V.F.W. or American Legion will accept these tattered flags and burn them.

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