A flagpole is already beautiful with its primary adornment – a flag – flying in its majestic manner high above. There are many additional accessories that you can add to make it even more special and unique. Many people accessorize their flagpole simply by switching out the types of flags they fly. There are many flags available on the market – the more traditional US Flags, military flags, and state flags. You can also find flags that are more unique and personal, such as flags for your favorite sports team, or flags that celebrate a particular season of the year. In addition to flags, there are many other accessories available for your flagpole, which we’ll cover below.
If you plan to fly your American flag after dark, it’s vital you keep it illuminated. US Flag Code is Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code. Section 2, Paragraph (a), states that flags should only be displayed on a staff from sunrise to sunset. However, “when a patriotic effect is desired,” citizens can display the flag “twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.” Federal law repeats this sentiment again in Title 36, Chapter 10, Paragraph 174, as well.
Keeping your flag well lit at night is a United States federal law, but the penalty for breaking this law is not enforced. However, if you have respect for the flag, you’ll want to follow it.
Even if you choose to fly other flags, such as your state or college flag, or a military or team flag, you will likely want them well lit as well so everyone can see them.
There are a variety of options available for flag lighting and they come at a number of different price points depending on your needs. Today, the majority of flag lighting fixtures are solar-powered, but there are wired options available, too.
How to Properly Light a House Flag Pole
Choosing lighting for your flagpole is a little more complicated than you might think. You need to make sure that the light is strong enough to illuminate your flag, and you need to make sure it’s easy to install it correctly. However, you may not want it to be so bright that it will disturb your neighbors.
In many cases, you may need two to three ground-mounted accent lights to properly light the flag. Your light needs to keep the flag illuminated no matter what direction the wind is blowing, and also if there is no wind at all. It’s suggested that if you use two light fixtures that they are located across from each other at 180 degrees apart. If you use three, the separation should be about 120 degrees apart.
As for distance from the pole, you should place them between six inches and three feet from the pole itself. This distance will vary depending on the height of your pole. They stake right into the ground in most cases, so they are easy to move as needed.
There is a good chance that you won’t get it right the first time and that you will have to adjust several times before they adequately illuminate the flag from all sides. For best results, aim your lights at the ball at the top of the flagpole rather than at the flag itself.
Pole-Mounted Lights are another option. These attach to the flagpole at the base or at the top. These are a great option, as they are usually solar powered, easy to install, and don’t require the expense of wiring an electrical outlet somewhere near your flagpole. When purchasing a pole-mounted light, you will need to make sure its base has the correct circumference to fit around your existing pole. Once you have it attached, you will need to adjust the light so your flag is being lit well enough.
Some pole-mounted lights are placed at the top rather than the bottom. Top-mounted pole-mounted lights will illuminate your flag from above and look great.
The cost and dependability of solar powered lighting for a flagpole can vary significantly. Most solar powered lights for flagpoles are manufactured overseas, and come with either no warranty, or a very short warranty period (i.e., 6 months or less). While they are typically the cheaper option up front, these lights may not have the life you will want out of your flagpole light. At Flagpole Farm, we manufacture the Titan Solar Light. To our knowledge, it is the only Made in USA solar light available for a residential flagpole. Although our price point is a bit higher than the foreign made alternatives, we do offer a two-year warranty on our lights. Moreover, they come with an automatic on-off switch to illuminate your flag from dusk until dawn.
Why Choose Solar?
Most flag pole lights today are solar-powered. This is great because solar power will save you a lot of money and hassle. Each light of this type comes with solar panels built-in. Even on a cloudy day, these panels will collect energy from the sun to charge the light’s batteries and stores that charge for later.
Many solar lights are automatic. When the panels sense that night has come, your flag pole light will go on without you even having to think about it. In the morning, it will turn itself off and will begin collecting energy for the next night.
You can also purchase hard-wired flag pole lights if you prefer. If you wish to hide the wires, you will need to dig a trench to bury them underground and be careful when mowing the lawn.
Other Flag Accessories
There are an endless number of accessories you can purchase to enhance your experience with your telescoping flagpole. Most traditionally, people like to replace the gold ball at the top of the flagpole with a more decorative ornament such as an eagle. Lower to the ground, many people like to put a security sleeve clamp around the base of the flagpole. This can help deter theft of the flagpole. The sleeve clamp can be concealed with a flash collar, which lays at the base of the flagpole and rests on your concrete pad.
For those who like to travel with their flagpole, mounts are often available for a proper display while you are on the go or at a tailgate. The most popular mounts for this use are the Hitch Mount or the Wheel Stand. The Hitch Mount can be inserted into your hitch receiver at the back of your vehicle to provide stability for your flagpole. Alternatively, the Wheel Stand is used by driving a tire over the plate portion of the stand, and then placing your pole in the tube to securely fly your flags. In the RV world, some people will secure their Wheel Stand by dropping a tongue jack or stabilizer jack onto the plate!
It’s a Grand Old Flag
Now that you know about the accessories available for your house flag pole, why not stop by our online shop to see what you’d like to try. There are so many things you can do to make your flag display even more special than it already is, and Flagpole Farm is here to help.
Our staff is standing by to answer any questions you might have about flags, flag poles, or accessories, and we can’t wait to hear from you.