Managing Business Responsibly

Details To Check When You Rent A Light Tower To Work On A Client's Job

by Priscilla Terry

If you're a contractor, you'll occasionally find yourself having to work extended hours to get a job done on time for a client. Whether issues with the supplier or bad weather have delayed the work, it's not uncommon to work late into the night — perhaps even on the weekend — in order to complete the job. If you're planning to work in the dark, you may wish to rent a towable light tower. Many contractors use this equipment to brighten the job site, and you can rent it at virtually any equipment rental service. When you do, here are a few things that you'll want to check.

Local Bylaws

You'll definitely want to check what local bylaws may exist regarding not only the use of this type of light after dark but also concerning working after dark — especially if there will be loud elements of your job. The last thing that you want to happen is to just get underway in the evening and then have a bylaw enforcement officer show up and inform you that you're in contravention of a bylaw by using this bright light in a residential area after a certain hour. Checking this detail before you book the rental will be a good idea.

Access To The Site

Give some thought to the job site and, more specifically, how easy it is to access with a light tower. Light towers are available in many different sizes, and you'll almost certainly want a smaller model for a residential job than the type of light towers that construction crews use to work on the highway at night. Still, you'll need to be able to push or tow this device to the location that you need it. In some cases, a fence or gate may pose a problem, so it's a good idea to assess the access to the site before you rent the light.

Number Of Lights

When you visit a local equipment rental service to assess different light towers, you'll find all sorts of options. Some light towers are equipped with a large number of individual lights that can brightly illuminate a large area. Others have fewer lights, but this design may be appealing if you're working in a concentrated residential area and you don't want to brighten more than you need. Assess the size of your work area and share this information with your rental agent so that he or she can suggest an appropriate light tower for your job.