Lighting a Flagpole

Flagpole Lighting



Two to three directional accent lights are often needed to illuminate the pole and the entire flag properly. Use the pole height and flag size to determine the right fixtures.

  • The fixtures should be placed 180° apart if using two and 120° apart if using three.

  • The fixtures should be located 6" to 3' from the flagpole in low-voltage (12V) residential applications. For large residential, commercial and line voltage applications (120V), fixtures should be from 12" to 3' from the base of the pole.

  • Aim the fixture at the ball at the top of the flagpole.

Pole Height Typical Flag Size # of Fixtures Lamp Wattage Beam Spread 12V LED Option 120V LED Option
12'-20' 3'x5' 2 20W NSP 10 to 15 16015 (Level 2) --
25' 4'x6' 2 35W NSP 10 to 15 16015 (Level 3)

16209

30' 5'x8' 2 35W NSP 10 to 15 16018 (Level 1) 16209
35' 6'x10' 3 35W NSP 10 to 15 16018 (Level 1) 16209
35' + 10' + 3 50W NSP 10 to 15 16018 (Level 2 or 3) 16212


The Flag Code is the US government guide for handling and display of the United States flag. It became law on December 22, 1942. Title 36, Chapter 10, Paragraph 174 of the code indicates, “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.”