Light towers have become a rental industry staple for applications ranging from remote oil and gas rigs and construction sites to concert venues and special event parking lots. Regardless of the application, customers expect a light tower to provide continuous, reliable illumination on demand with a minimum of user/operator attention and maintenance downtime.
The Night-Lite™ Pro Series light tower line from Allmand Bros. Inc. is a good example of today’s advanced light tower technology. It combines four ultra-high output Metal Halide lamps with an advanced Perkins-powered generator set to deliver 542,000 lumens, making it one of the brightest light towers in its class.
The Night-Lite™ Pro Series light towers use four SHO-HD lamp fixtures that provide and industry leading 135,500 lumens per lamp. A 30-gallon polyethylene fuel tank eliminates contamination from rust and corrosion and supports up to 50 hours of continuous operation. A wide range of available options includes a fluid containment package to prevent spills, two different arctic packages, an automatic light-sensing on/off system, air intake and low-fuel shut offs and Allmand’s Balloon Light AirStar Flex diffused lighting system.
The engine also has been engineered to minimize operating noise levels, with particular attention to subjective harshness to minimize perceived sound quality. It is approved for operation on biodiesel concentrations up to 20 percent and is covered by a standard two-year warranty.
“We knew Perkins as a recognized global supplier with service and support capabilities just about everywhere,” Becky said. “And we recognized the value this added to our products, particularly to the rental industry. But even more important was the 1,000 hour maintenance interval offered by the 403F-11. This was a critical factor in our selection of Perkins. For a light tower, the fewer touch points and the fewer requirements to service the engine, the better.”
Light towers typically run for extended periods and rental fleets traditionally have serviced equipment on an average of 500 hour interval. That could mean as many as three service events a month per tower compared to one for the Perkins powered Night-Lite™ light tower line. That represents a significant saving for the rental company and increased uptime and availability for their customer.
As a major OEM, Allmand purchases engines directly from Perkins. They also take advantage of Perkins training and support services to enhance the value of their Perkins relationship.
Becky Fellows notes one other benefit of choosing the 403F-11 to power the Night-Lite™ Pro Series light tower lines. “One of the significant values our lights offer rental companies and contractors is their re-sale value; it’s industry-leading, and it has been a real competitive advantage for us.”
The Texas First rental fleet includes Perkins-powered products from major OEMs including Genie®, Sullair®, Allmand® and many other top-tier manufacturers. There are numerous Perkins powered units in the fleet, Taylor says, including light towers, compressors, trenchers, aerial work platforms, welders, pumps, and generators.