retrofit light towers / carts
Traditional metal-halide bulb-based light towers and two-wheeled carts 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 carts and you'd like to extend their usefulness to you in the post-bulb LED world. We can help with that.
We’ve made it easy for you to replace your existing light tower/cart light heads with our state-of-the-art LED light tower heads. Read on for how to do this.
It Starts with the lights
The light head on the Beacon LED Tower is our Beacon980 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.
Traditional light towers and carts run off of 1000W metal halide bulbs. These bulbs are inefficient, energy wasting, and very fragile. Additionally, their light output drops off really quickly. On day 1 they will be quite bright, but soon after will only be 60% of their initial output.
Lind Equipment's high efficiency, high powered LED light panels are the opposite of all of those things. They use 80% less energy, are incredibly durable, have no bulbs to break, and maintain their light output over time. Also, all Lind Equipment LED lights are warrantied for three years, and rated for 50,000 hours, which means you never have to change a bulb.
In light level tests between the Beacon980 light and traditional 1000W metal halide lights using the median light output, the Beacon980 lights actually put MORE light onto the work area.
All this to say you should replace your existing metal halide lights on a one-to-one basis with our Beacon980 lights.
purchase a two-head or four-head light kit
Light towers typically come in lighting configurations of two-head and four-head. Two-wheeled light carts come with one-head or two-heads. Based on what you have to replace, you can buy the appropriate Lind Equipment kit.
For a single light head replacement, simply buy one Beacon980 light (P/N LE980LED).
Our two-head and four-head light kits come with the appropriate number of lights, each complete with a strong yoke and enough cord to wire onto your existing light tower.
Two-headed kits are P/N LE980LED-2LKIT. Four-headed kits are P/N LE980LED-4LKIT.
install our beacon980 led lights on your existing towers
OUR LAWYERS WOULD LIKE US TO REMIND YOU THAT ANY ELECTRICAL WORK IS INHERENTLY DANGEROUS. USE QUALIFIED PERSONNEL AND FOLLOW ANY AND ALL ELECTRICAL CODES FOR YOUR AREA.
1. REMOVE EXISTING BULB-BASED FIXTURES
Make sure all power is off. Remove the light fixture wiring from the junction box that sits at the cross bar. 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 from the Beacon980 lights into the junction box. Your qualified electrician can help with this, or we can provide some thoughts. 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, or on the base of the two-wheeled cart. 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).
For light towers, 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.
For two-wheeled carts, simply disconnect the wire that comes out of the ballast and attach a new plug so that the light heads can be connected directly to the power source.