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Lighting the American Flag
A guide to properly illuminating Old Glory
The American flag has been a symbol of our nation’s strength, pride, freedom and honor since 1777. As a celebration of patriotism, it is important to protect the intergrity of the flag and display it in a way that highlights it in a respectful manner.
50 White stars in a blue field
Representing the 50 states of the union
13 stripes
Seven red alternating with six white representing the original 13 colonies
when lighting a flag it is important to
Consider ambient light:

In a well-lit city or neighborhood use a high-output LED flood light to counter brighter surroundings.

In a country or rural setting with less ambient light, a lower-output LED flood light will be equally effective.

pole height should be approximately
3-4x the length of the flag:
Pole Height Recommended Lumens
(Utilizing appropriate optic)
Up to 20’ 1700 – 6500 Lumens
20’ – 25’ 6000 – 12,000 Lumens
25’ – 40’ 15,000 – 22, 000 Lumens
40’+ 25,000 Lumens
(Multiple fixtures may be required)
tips and tricks to achieve the
best quality lighting:

LED light provides better color quality, creating a brighter, truer red, white and blue.

Spot or narrow LED flood lights are recommended for more direct light.

Spot (20°)

Narrow (35° - 60°)

BEST LED FLOODS FOR LIGHTING YOUR FLAG


For maximum effect position your light to the center of the flag or top of the pole.

according to the united states flag code
The american flag should be:
Raised at dawn
Retired at dusk or properly illuminated

Fun Fact: Lighting the American flag is one of the most popular uses of flood lights.
in most residential
applications

A single LED flood light set approximately 2' - 5' from the base of the flagpole will provide sufficient illumination to the flag.

Note: Check local Dark Sky guidelines on using flood lights for flagpole illumination. These recommendations do not apply to all situations. For additional assistance or pole heights over 25’, please contact e-conolight at 888.243.9445 or email sales@e-conolight.com to work with an applicaiton engineer.
American Flag Etiquette & Disposal
  • Do show respect, display and illuminate proudly
  • Do raise briskly and lower ceremoniously
  • Do display at half-staff when the state or nation is mourning
  • Do display at half-staff on Memorial Day until noon, then raise
  • Don't fly any other flag or pennant above it
  • Don't let it touch the ground
  • Don't use as drapery, clothing or decoration
  • Don't embellish or deface

Disposal

When the American flag reaches a condition in which it is no longer fit for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified, ceremonious manner.