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Old 05-03-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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Flagpole light

Just bought a ladder attached flagpole and was wondering if anyone hooked up lighting to fly the American flag at night. If so could you share pictures and parts lists. Thanks
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:58 PM   #2
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Just bought a ladder attached flagpole and was wondering if anyone hooked up lighting to fly the American flag at night. If so could you share pictures and parts lists. Thanks
Although I can't share pictures, you can wire and plug in a modular connector to your Pollack plug and provide 12 volt power to a lamp assembly. Clip into onto the ladder.

If you would like to use a 110 volt lamp, you can use a low voltage spotlamp from a garden lighting set and a low volt transformer.
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Solar spotlight perhaps. The flag rules only say it must be illuminated, not necessarily in a bright light.
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Depending on your situation, I'd say keep it simple. If you move a lot and don't have to pay for the electricity I'd just run extension cord and light socket with a low volt flood light in it.
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Solar spotlight perhaps. The flag rules only say it must be illuminated, not necessarily in a bright light.
Yea you're right ray!
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Some of the guys here at the beach just spin their cab mounted remote control spotlights around.
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Morn'n All,

I agree with Easyrider, K.I.S.S. . The only thing I'd change is to a 10 degree spot light instead of the floodlight. There right next to the flooflights at any Lowes or Home depot. Good roads to Ya's.
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I took one of the $4 solar lights from Walmart and shorten the tube part and then I put it on the top of the pole using the plug that came with my Flag pole buddy. It lights up just enough of the flag. No wires, no batteries, just a little sun light to run it.
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No wires, no batteries, just a little sun light to run it.
But if the sun is shining, why do you need a spotlight?
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Just for kicks, here is some food for thought concerning this topic.......1. there is no such thing as "American Flag" because we, the USA are just one country in the Americas. Proper term is "The Flag Of The United States Of America"! 2. There are no "rules" concerning display of the flag. The term rule implies some sort of enforcement by someone but for the flag there is none. Those that choose to fly the flag tend to display it in accordance with the CODE written for that, but the code is only enforceable on government facilities, by the government itself. 3. the ornament at the top of the mast is also contained in the code and a light is not a recognized item.

These thoughts are not intended for any other purpose that analytical thought.

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At home we just strapped a solar rechargeable garden type spot to the flagpole pointing up. It does a pretty good job for it's size.
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Ed,

Your comments started me reseaching both the House and the Senate codes and I offer these two quotes back to you from the House version:

"Display of the Flag 24 Hours a Day
There is no absolute prohibition in federal law on flying the flag twenty-four
hours a day. The Flag Code states:
It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on
buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic
effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during hours of darkness."

and

"Ornaments on Flag Staffs, Fringes on Flag
The Flag Code is silent as to ornaments (finials) for flagstaffs. We know of no
law or regulation which restricts the use of a finial on the staff. The eagle finial is used not only by the President, the Vice-President, and many other federal agencies, but also by many civilian organizations and private citizens. The selection of the type finial used is a matter of preference of the individual or organization.
The placing of a fringe on the flag is optional with the person or organization,
and no Act of Congress or Executive Order either requires or prohibits the practice.
Fringe is used on indoor flags only, as fringe on flags used outdoors would
deteriorate rapidly. The fringe on a flag is considered an “honorable enrichment only” and its official use by the Army dates from 1895. A 1925 Attorney General’s Opinion states:
The fringe does not appear to be regarded as an integral part of the flag, and its presence cannot be said to constitute an unauthorized addition to the design prescribed by statute. An external fringe is to be distinguished from letters, words, or emblematic designs printed or superimposed upon the body of the flag itself. Under the law, such additions might be open to objection as unauthorized; but the same is not necessarily true of the fringe."

I don't see where a light on the top of the pole is referenced at all. If you have farther information, please let me know. I sure don't want to show any disrespect to our great flag.

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There is, in fact, a solar spotlight designed for just that job.. I'll be fixing one in a bit over a week and if I can complete the job may be able to post photos.
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