Solar Airport Lights – For Airport Construction

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 By: admin

screw in airport lightWhen talking about solar airport lights, it’s important to know the difference between solar lights used with airport construction versus the more permanent solar lights used on runways.  The solar lights you see on a normal, working runway can be tens of thousands of dollars, while the others that are used primarily as temporary lighting for airport construction are typically $30-$40.

Some of these lights you will see on airport barricades, some on traffic drums and others on jersey barriers.  In order to meet the FAA requirements (which they still need to do even though they aren’t solar barricade lights, solar barricade light, solar powered barricade light, solar powered barricade lights, red solar barricade lights, yellow solar barricade lights, solar flasher, solar flashers, solar assist barricade light, barricade light, barricade lightspermanent) they need to be red, among other things.  It’s best to ask the distributor or manufacturer you are buying from if a particular light meets FAA requirements.

The typical solar airport light on a runway barricade has a screw base so it can screw into the hole in the barricade.  However, sometimes stake lights or lights with bases can mount onto the barricade as well.  Usually an airport light with a base is mounted on a traffic drum or a delineator of some sort.  Lots of times the lights are not just for the construction crew but for the pilots to make sure they see where a project begins and where it ends.

Airport BarricadeAlthough a typical airport light is 360 degrees, I have seen airports use 180 degree lights (a barricade light with flat lens).  If you have any questions on which construction airport light is best for your project feel free to give us a ring (413) 281-6393.  We have 7 different FAA approved solar airport lights on our website.

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