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Thread: I need a good solar light for a flag pole, please help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pandemonium2k4 View Post
    It was the best one I could find, it is right on the beach so a year seemed not so bad until the next one died so quick, then I realized it was junk.
    The problem with every other one I have seen is they just don't stay on long enough.
    Possibly your best solution would be to take a well built but short time unit and double the battery and panel size.
    One way to do that would be to buy two, parallel the lamp leads, and use only one lamp. Possibly with diode isolation?

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    I found a commercial quality kit, not cheap but at least it should work good, and I can replace parts as needed, not the whole thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pandemonium2k4 View Post
    I found a commercial quality kit, not cheap but at least it should work good, and I can replace parts as needed, not the whole thing.
    Details?
    Tom
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    Quote Originally Posted by K8MHZ View Post
    What happened to taking the flag down at night?
    Quote Originally Posted by Pandemonium2k4 View Post
    Iagree
    I agree too. It's way to easy to be in favor of flying the flag. It is a whole lot harder to take full responsibility for doing it properly.
    If you go and decide to dance with a gorilla the dance ain't over till the gorilla decides it's over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K8MHZ View Post
    What happened to taking the flag down at night?
    As long as it is lighted it is perfectly acceptable, however it should be brought in during bad weather.

    The flag of the United States for the purpose of this chapter shall be defined according to title 4, United States Code, Chapter 1, Section 1 and Section 2 and Executive Order 10834 issued pursuant thereto.

    ยง6. Time and occasions for display

    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 twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

    The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

    The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.
    More here http://www.military.com/flag-day/us-flag-code.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwire View Post
    As long as it is lighted it is perfectly acceptable, however it should be brought in during bad weather.



    More here http://www.military.com/flag-day/us-flag-code.html
    Yes Bob, I know.

    What I was getting at was instead of trying to figure a way to light the flag, why not just take it down? That's what our schools did, and it was real cool to be picked to take the flag down. Two kids got picked each day. We would get out of class a few minutes early, go take the flag down (without letting it touch the ground), fold it and properly escort it to its place inside the building. Everyone had to learn all the rules of caring for the flag just in case you got picked to do flag duty.
    Cheers and Stay Safe,

    Marky the Sparky

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    Quote Originally Posted by K8MHZ View Post
    Yes Bob, I know.

    What I was getting at was instead of trying to figure a way to light the flag, why not just take it down? That's what our schools did, and it was real cool to be picked to take the flag down. Two kids got picked each day. We would get out of class a few minutes early, go take the flag down (without letting it touch the ground), fold it and properly escort it to its place inside the building. Everyone had to learn all the rules of caring for the flag just in case you got picked to do flag duty.
    I've seen some that are so large that raising and lowering them every day would not be practical. Usually they are lit from the ground by several lights surrounding the pole.

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    This is what I ended up going with and its working great so far
    http://www.solarilluminations.com/so...lag-pole-light

    I would post a picture of finished product but I dont remember how to post pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpcarls1598 View Post
    I've had great luck with these. They last all night most of the year. In the winter if it's been cloudy for days, it runs out, but it's seldom.

    https://www.outdoorsolarstore.com/pr...nt=33821058628


    We put one of these up and I finally was in the area at night. You could see the LEDs were On, but they did nothing as far as lighting the Flag.
    Tom
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