Traditional metal-halide bulb-based light towers are everywhere. There really has been no innovation in the light tower industry aside from incremental increases in generator run time and fuel efficiency. The generator light tower companies were all designed to sell generators and don't have any incentive to move to truly state-of-the-art LED lighting or else the big generators will be obsolete. Our Beacon LED Tower was designed by starting with the lights and then working down. We are a lighting company, and are focused on bringing the best in portable lighting to the toughest workplaces.
We recognize though that you've made a big investment in your existing bulb-based light towers and you'd like to extend their usefulness to you in the post-bulb LED world. We can help with that.
The light head on the Beacon LED Tower is our LE980LED high-output LED floodlight. It is used extensively on cranes, in pits, and of course on light towers. It is designed to put out the same (and over time, more) light output as the traditional 1000W metal halide tower light fixtures, but using 80% less energy. And, it can be retrofitted onto existing bulb-based tower lights in three quick steps:
1. Remove existing bulb-based fixtures
Make sure all power is off. Remove the wiring from the light fixture, preferably right at the fixture so that there is extra cord available. Take your existing light fixtures physically off of your light tower right where the yoke meets the crossbar.
2. Replace bulb-based fixtures one-to-one with Lind Equipment LE980LED lights
Attach the yoke of the LE980LED in exactly the same places where the bulb-based fixtures were attached to the crossbar. Wire in the cords that were left over from the bulb-based lights into the LE980LEDs. We can help you with more details on this. Just contact us.
3. Wire around the old bulb ballast so the LED lights connect directly to the generator power source.
Locate the ballast. It's a box-like device that will be wired inline with the electrical cord going to the lights. It's almost always located inside the housing of the generator. You've probably replaced one or two of these in your day (see our blog post on the hidden costs of operating a diesel light tower). Remove the ballast and connect the wiring from the lights to the wiring that was going into the ballast from the generator. You'll need a bit of electrical skill here to add a bit of wire safely.
And you're done. Crisp, maintenance-free LED light is now yours. You've increased the length of life you can use your investment in your existing light tower and brought it into the world of LED. Your users will find they don't need to refill the diesel tank nearly as much (about 80% fewer times), which will save them time and money.