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Re: Lighting a TALL water tower [Re: SolarPowered] #174298 02/01/08 12:48 AM
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HighPotter Offline OP
Originally Posted by SolarPowered
One alternative to look at is Electronic Theatre Controls' "Source Four" ellipsoidal spotlights. I believe they have units designed for use outdoors, and also units with metal halide lamps. I don't know if the two features are available in the same unit.

These can give you long throw in conjunction with a lot of light.

Hey Solar, I checked out there website. Pretty inpressive. Couldnt tell if there stuff was more then damp location rated though. Suckers can throw some light though.


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Re: Lighting a TALL water tower [Re: HighPotter] #174316 02/01/08 07:39 PM
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noderaser Offline
Won't the designer specify what fixtures he wants?

Yes, S4s are pretty good little units. However, there are other fixtures out there (at least for theatrical use) that are just as or more efficient, and have other nice features.

Re: Lighting a TALL water tower [Re: HighPotter] #174413 02/04/08 02:31 PM
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rmiell Offline
Since there is power already on the tank, why not use that same power to power up some small wattage spotlights mounted on the catwalk around the tank? Having the power up there also will mean there is conduit run from below, so one could pull another circuit up if needed. I am assumming that there is a catwalk, in order to service antennas and obstruction lights. We have several tanks lit this way.

Rick Miell

Re: Lighting a TALL water tower [Re: rmiell] #174438 02/04/08 11:21 PM
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HighPotter Offline OP
Interesting idea. For decorative lighting, I can see using something similiar.Our tower does not however, have a catwalk, in the classic sense.

The tower looks very much like this one.

Access is through the middle, up a LONG ladder, and then with a small "crows nest" at the very top. Only about 8 feet in diameter, for the antennas. At the top, it's about 50' out to the edge of the structure, completely untethered.

There is limited power in the "shaft", just enough for lighting the inside well with the ladders.

It aint an easy one.


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