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How to properly light the American Flag.

The Flag Code is the US government guide for handling and display of the United State 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.  "While there is no specific definition for "proper illumination" Kichler can make the following recommendations for effective lighting of the flag.

 

Some additional tips:
*  Flag poles used in a residential yard can usually be effectively lit with 2 fixtures
*  Poles positioned on commercial or large residential lots will typically require lighting fixtures
*  The fixtures should be placed 180 degrees apart if using two and 120 degrees apart is using three
*  Aim the fixture at the ball at the top of the flagpole.