Article provided by: Drake Lighting, Inc.
What is obstruction lighting?
Obstruction lighting is the use of illumination to reveal any obstacles occupying air space and potentially causing danger to an aircraft, such as communication towers, wind turbines, and water tanks. These lights are placed at the highest point on the structure possible in order to avoid the lights being blocked by something else. This tactic has proved useful in greatly decreasing aircraft collisions and saving lives. According to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) lighting guidelines, structures taller than 200 feet require obstruction lighting. It can sometimes be even lower, based on your location.
Obstruction lighting is thoroughly tested in order to make sure the lights have the ability to withstand a wide range of temperatures from around -140° C or -220° F to 60° C or 140° F. They must be able to function in any weather, including the extremes.
What types of obstruction lighting are offered?
Types of obstruction lighting are separated by the intensity of the light. Low-intensity obstruction lights are utilized for structures that are shorter than about 45 meters, and therefore less of a risk. Medium-intensity obstruction lights are employed when the object is greater than 45 meters. High-intensity obstruction lights are used in situations when the obstacle’s height is higher than 150 meters.
There are also different colors: red and white. Drake Lighting Inc. provides safe, effective, FAA-approved, red and white obstruction lights of medium and high intensities.
Why choose Drake Lighting Inc. obstruction lighting?
Our obstruction lights contain high-power LEDs with an average lifetime of 10 years, which is significantly longer than other forms of lighting. They are also paired with a 5-year warranty. Also, the controller for the lights and power supply are located at ground level for easy access and to get the most out of the LED system.
Setting up Drake Lighting Inc. obstruction lighting is very simple. The equipment solely needs a two-conductor wire, rather than a large mix of wires that may become confusing. You can also repurpose the existing wires that are on the structure, allowing for an easy LED upgrade. Our obstruction lighting can also potentially allow you to monitor them remotely. If you choose to add an additional unit, you will be able to monitor the obstruction lighting on your cellular device. This would be an intelligent investment, as it makes it simple for you to check on the surroundings of the lighting without having to go to the location of the lighting.
What are the benefits of using an LED system for obstruction lighting?
LED systems are extremely efficient and long-lasting. They are also much more durable than light bulbs in conventional lighting and are therefore much less prone to breakage. They are also designed to withstand cold temperatures, a trait that is very important for obstruction lighting.
They are also environmentally friendly, as they contain no hazardous substances, such as mercury that would do damage. LED systems reduced energy by over 90% in comparison to conventional lighting. This allows for reducing the cost by over $340 every single year.
The use of an LED system is a part of our goal to create environment-friendly, yet effective products in order to provide effective obstruction lighting while avoiding increasing the size of our carbon footprint.