5 light tower trends that can improve your ROI

08/28/2018

The light tower market has seen a tremendous transformation in the last few years. If you haven’t updated your light tower fleet to match the current industry trends, you could be at a competitive disadvantage.

A savvy rental company will always make sure it has the latest equipment in its fleet and has a solid understanding of the features and capabilities that customers value.

Here’s a look at five current light tower trends and how they can impact your return on investment.

1. Vertical mast
The light tower market is shifting from the traditional laydown mast to a vertical mast design. From a rental store perspective, the vertical mast orientation is all about return on investment. The upright position makes it possible to transport more units per trailer, greatly reducing shipping costs.

The vertical positioning also decreases the chance of damage resulting from bumps or collision with other equipment moving around the jobsite, or even in the rental yard. The fixtures are up and out of harm’s way.

2. LED lights

The trend toward light-emitting diode (LED) lamps continues to gain momentum as the cost and illumination quality becomes more competitive with traditional metal-halide lighting. If you don’t have LED light towers in your rental fleet, you may be losing out on customers looking for the most efficient machines.

LED lights are nearly twice as fuel efficient as metal-halide lights, so they operate twice as long on the same amount of fuel. For instance, the Doosan LCV6 has a runtime of 119 hours with four metal-halide fixtures and an impressive 210 hours when equipped with LED fixtures.

A longer life cycle is another advantage of LED lights – approximately 50,000 hours compared to 15,000 hours for metal-halide lamps. The absence of fragile bulbs that break or wear out also means LED lights have lower maintenance costs and less downtime than metal-halide lights.

3. Electronic controls
One major innovation in light tower controls is the automatic start and stop option. This feature allows the light tower to automatically turn on and off based on ambient light – dusk to dawn – or as programmed by an operator. The auto start and stop option ensures your customers gain greater efficiency from the light tower rental.

Auto start and stop is an attractive option for customers with multiple light towers spread over miles of road construction or acres of event parking where manually turning machines on and off would be a time-consuming process. It is also an important option for remote sites with regulatory requirements for lighting, such as oil sites with active pump jacks.

4. Longer service intervals
Service intervals have continued a progression toward longer timeframes between service. The current standard is 1,000 hours of use between oil changes. Longer service intervals mean fewer technicians going into the field to do maintenance, and less downtime for customers waiting for maintenance to be done, and that leads to lower cost of ownership for rental fleets.

5. Increased use of composite materials
Light tower manufacturers are increasing the use of composite materials, particularly for enclosure components. Composite materials have allowed design innovations that aren’t possible with steel, making the machine smaller, lighter and more durable. In addition, a composite enclosure will look newer longer, contributing to more positive rental and resale value compared to a steel exterior with faded paint, dents, dings and underlying rust.