Article provided by: Drake Lighting, Inc.
An Introduction to FAA Lighting
As with any government regulations knowing the right steps to take can always be a daunting task. We are here to help explain what exactly FAA lighting is and help you with the first steps.
What is FAA Lighting?
To make flying as safe as possible guidelines were created to make sure structures were visible to pilots. Two agencies created the requirements for structures, the FAA, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Currently, the FAA requirements either comply or are stricter than the ICAO. So, the demands mention from now on will refer to the FAA's requirements in the United States.
The Federal aviation association requires all towers, buildings, bridges, and antennas in FAA airspace above 200ft tall to have obstruction lights to help aircraft avoid the towers. A taller structure has more severe lighting regulations imposed by the FAA will be. Companies planning to build next to an airport need to take extra precautions.
From light intensity to light placement there are rules and guidelines that designers must pay strict attention to comply with all the regulations. To determine if your projects need to pass an inspection from the FAA check out their website. If your structure is less than 200 ft and far away from an airport there is no need to worry about obstruction lighting.
What is Obstruction lighting?
To help companies comply with the FAA's guidelines Drake lighting produces several products that meet and exceed the FAA's requirements. Our products are made with the correct light intensities and tones.
Not only do the color and intensities of an obstruction light matter, but if the light is flashing or constant is essential as well. Drake Lighting has designed their obstruction lighting products to help your project pass an FAA inspection with as little hassle as possible.
Does the Location of Lights Matter?
The FAA has strict requirements on the placement of obstruction lights on structures over 200 feet. The required locations depend a lot on the size and shape of the structure in question. Here is a quick example of the requirements for some towers.
Towers from 200-350ft must have two lights around halfway from the ground and a light on top of the tower as well. The lights at the halfway mark must be steady red lights while the one at the top is a flashing red, white light.
Towers around 350-700 feet have similar requirements, but the halfway lights must be about 200ft. The lights at the halfway mark must be flashing red/white lights as well as the top light.
Drake Lighting has produced a graphic to help Clients understand how many lights and where they should place them to make sure they follow FAA guidelines and regulations. The graphic helps explain the requirements of several different structures.
If you are still unsure about what kind of lighting your structure will need to Contact our obstruction lighting representatives for your free lighting analysis, they will strive to help create the most efficient solution possible for your obstruction lighting needs.