Choosing a Lighting Tower - A Buyers Guide
Buying the right lighting tower is vital to the productivity and safety of your project, eventor site. With the most comprehensive range of SMC lighting towers now available, we appreciate that there’s a lot to think about. To help, we’ve put together this buyer’s guide with all the essentials covered:
You need to consider the area you need to cover and the brightness of the light. The light intensity of your lighting tower is measured in lux and one lux is equal to one lumen per square metre. All of our lighting towers have a lumen output. The amount you need will depend on the type of work/area you need to light up.
If you’re working on the roadside or trackside, an anti-glare, soft light solution, like the Halo lamp head is the way forward. Think about whether you need 360 degree or directional light.
LED lights offer greater hours of operation as they are more fuel efficient than Metal Halide and keep maintenance costs low. When PIR sensors are fitted to the TL55 Battery Tower, along with Auto-Dim LEDs, it can run for up to 500 hours*. If the conditions are right, the TL55 Solar offers unlimited run time.
If not, dusk ‘til dawn sensors are available on some models, likewise timers are available and telemetry options aid remote management anywhere in the world. Check whether these are offered as standard or as an additional feature.
Consider the purchase cost of the machine, as well as the lifespan – the more years of service you get from your machine the better. In terms of running costs, find out the number of hours of light that you will get out of a single tank of fuel or from batteries. Also consider maintenance with the latest diesel engines now with 500hr service intervals.
Is your lighting tower going to be transported by truck or be towed? If you’re towing, look for compact, durable and road compliant machines. It’s important to consider the weight, size and transportability of your lighting tower if you’re transporting more than one tower. Models vary a lot in size – the TL60 can fit into a transit van whereas the SL80 Pallet Light is designed to fit 22 onto a flatbed lorry.
It is important that regular maintenance checks and services are carried out on your machines to keep them running smoothly. Service kits are often available which can be fitted by trained maintenance engineers.
* dependant on activations
Always ensure your lighting tower offers an Advanced Safety System as standard. This includes:
- Automatic mast descent when handbrake is released. This will ensure the mast comes down before it can be moved across site
- Deployment alarm
- Emergency stop button
- Auto shut down in the event of low oil pressure/high engine temperature
- Forklift pockets and single lift eye for cranes and Hiabs
- Can be secured at ground level and is HSE compliant when loaded onto a flatbed truck
Once you’ve purchased your machine or machines, it’s essential that you carry out daily checks - including fuel, coolant and oil levels.
Don’t forget to get your legs out - deploy rear stabilisers FIRST and ensure all legs are locked in place. Wind down legs are best and most reliable in extreme environments. You can check the unit is level by looking at the spirit level on top of the machine.
Before raising the mast, ensure ALL stabilisers are level and deployed and it is clear of ALL overhead obstructions and power lines.
Turn on the lights one by one.
When leaving site and lowering the mast, ensure ALL stabilisers remain deployed.
If in doubt use the QR codes on new machines for operational videos.