This year, turn your flagpole into a holiday pole! Here are 3 good reasons to do so:
- Give your community holiday cheer, focused on the flag and boost moral
- Take advantage of the long nights with festive lights, at a low cost
- Send in your picture/video and be featured on FlagDesk.com and FlagRunners.com, just email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now you know why it is the perfect time to turn your flagpole into a holiday pole, we thought we'd put together a little DIY (Do-It-Yourself) tutorial! There are many ways out there to hang lights on the flagpole, this is just one way we have found to be easy and fun. Following these simple rules and steps will help you be in-charge of your holiday cheer this year!
Before you get started, there are 3 rules we like to keep in mind. These rules are intended to help you as you plan your holiday mission. Let's get started.
- While these are low voltage outdoor lights, there is still an electric component. If you are worried about foot traffic or possible issues with safety, take the precautions necessary to prevent accidents.
- Stake the power lines down
- Use electric tape to tie connections
- Position the lighting lines away from the path of everyday traffic.
Flag flies free
- Let's not forget this is a flagpole designed to fly a flag. Sometimes we see displays where the flag has been removed and the lighting display has been attached to the top of the flagpole. In our minds, this is no longer a flagpole, but a pole. We'll show you later, how you can get the best of both worlds by attaching lights where they will be out of the way of the flag and allow the flag to fly free.
3/4ths the height of the pole determines the length of the lights
- Before you get started you need to work out how long your lights need to be. One of the ways we have come up with to figure this out is to follow this rule (shown above). If you watch the tutorial video, you'll notice we are working on a 20 ft. flagpole. In this case, 3/4ths the height of the flagpole is 15 ft. This means that the lines extending from the ground to the flagpole will be 15 ft. Each line has two rows of lights. If we want 6 strands, we need 180 feet of lights (30 x 6). We round up to 200. Here are some other flagpole heights with corresponding line length, calculated in the same way:
- 25 ft. flagpole = 225 ft. of holiday lights
- 30 ft. flagpole = 270 ft. of holiday lights
- 35 ft. flagpole = 315 ft. of holiday lights
- Coffee Can
- Tape Measure
- Holiday Lights
- Extension Cord
- Electric Tape
- Quick Link
- Swivel Connector