The Right Quality of Aircraft Warning Lights - By Wealthmarine

August 16, 2023

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Aviating in the sky is a miracle of science. However, navigating the skyline is not easy by any means! Effective lighting is crucial for ensuring visibility during the night. Besides, while landing safely on the runway, pilots also need to stay aware of the long structures. The long buildings in the city pose potential risks to air traffic, which calls for the need for aircraft warning lights on towers.

In bustling cities like Singapore, with hundreds of tall buildings and structures, the requirements for aircraft warning lights are indispensable. The warning lights emit signals to aircraft in locations featuring tall obstacles that assist pilots with trouble-free takeoffs and protect both aircraft and buildings. From towers, poles, antenna, skeletal structures, chimneys, and power plants to water towers and storage tanks, it can be used in various structures. 

So, if you are planning to install aircraft warning lights in your structure, here are a few things you should keep in mind.

Learn about the type of aircraft warning lights

The primary purpose of aircraft warning lights is to help aircraft navigate safely at night. In a city or urban hub, there are several buildings of different heights. When installing aircraft warning lights in Singapore, the height requirements of the structure play a significant role. According to the aircraft safety guidelines, depending on the height of the structures or towers, the intensity of the aviation obstruction lights may vary. In terms of intensity, it can be divided into three types, such as:

  • Low-Intensity Obstruction Lights, are generally installed in buildings or structures that are less than 45 metres above the ground.
  • Medium-Intensity Obstruction Lights are used to make pilots aware of obstacles so they can safely avoid them. This category includes two types: the flashing red and the flashing white. These medium-intensity lights are required for commercial or residential buildings of 30–50 storey (or generally from 45–150 metres).
  • High-Intensity Obstruction Lights are reserved for structures that exceed 500 feet or 150 metres in height.

Key factors when installing aviation obstruction lights

With the significant rise in air traffic, the importance of aircraft warning lights has increased more than ever before. The obstruction lights facilitate secure aerial navigation when the visibility is low, like at night, in severe weather conditions, etc.

Following are a few key factors you may need to know when installing the aircraft warning lights:

  • Aviation obstruction lights not only assist pilots in recognising the building but also their height; therefore, it is better to install the lights in a place that is easily noticeable from above. Generally, the highest point of the tower is the most recommended spot for aviation obstruction lights.
  • The number and arrangement of light units for each structure can be different depending on the height and location of the building as well as the aviation regulation guidelines.
  • Aircraft warning lights come in different colours, including red, white, and others. The light red has the longest wavelength and higher visibility, which makes it the perfect option for indicating potential hazards or obstacles to the pilots.

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