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Light Your Site or Event This Winter

HSS has the answer to all your lighting requirements this Winter. HSS' ability to provide each element required to organise, network and run your lights is unrivalled within the hire industry.


See The Interactive Lights

Click to view an interactive area where the lighting footprint of each HSS light can be seen represented against a football pitch. Simply click the on / off button for each light.

Please read on to learn how HSS can assist with any lighting requirements you have.

Choosing Lights

There are six key factors to consider when deciding what lighting is appropriate.

Each of the questions below need to be answered and will have an impact on which lights will be suitable for you.

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The HSS Lighting Range

The HSS lighting range provides solutions for any environment; from public events to constructions sites.


4 Metal Halide Lighting Tower Ecolite

Construction Sites 4 Metal Halide Lighting Tower Quad Tower

HSS also has a range of EEx Lighting for environments where there is a risk of explosions and Fail-Safe Lighting which activates in the event of a mains power failure.

What are the Minimum Lighting Regulations?

The HSE say “Employees are required to have arrangements in place to cover Health & Safety. This includes lighting which needs to be suitable and adequate to meet the requirements of the work place.” – (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992.

In order to assess the Lux levels required in a specific environment the employer must assess the risk factor of any potential hazards before deciding the correct lighting system to use.

Typical types of construction work*
Minimum Brightness in lux
Movement of people, machines and vehicles (a)
Driving, general pedestrian movement, unloading equipment or supplies
Movement of people, machines and vehicles in hazadous areas; rough work not requiring any perception of detail
Less detailed carpentry, concrete pouring.
Work requiring limited perception of detail (b)
Brink laying, carpet laying, slab levelling, drain laying, roofing, scaffolding.
Work requiring perception of detail (b)
Electrical work, fine detail carpentry, plumbing, surveying, tiling.
Work requiring perception of fine detail (b)
Viewing site plans, fine detail electrical work, fine finishing of plastering.
*Based on HSE guidance and produced in conjunction with HSL

(a). Only safety has been considered, because no perception of detail is needed and visual fatigue is unlikely. However where it is necessary to see detail to recognise a hazard or where error in performing the task could put someone else at risk, for safety purposes as well as to avoid visual fatigue, the figure needs to be increased to that for work requiring the perception of detail. The CIBSE (Code for interior lighting) gives more information and recommendation based on scientific knowledge, practical experience, technical feasibility and economic reality.

(b). The purpose is to avoid fatigue; the illuminances will be adequate for safety purposes.

These regulations can vary depending on how much detail needs to be seen. It also depends on the age of the worker, and the speed and accuracy by which the task needs to be performed.

Non compliance with HSE38 Regulation would put employees at risk and should an accident occur employers could face the possibility of:

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Lighting Tower Q&A

What is the difference between Metal Halide and Tungsten Halogen bulbs?

Metal Halide bulbs are between 3-4 times more powerful than Tungsten Halogen bulbs.

Metal Halide bulbs emit Cold White light, will last between 5000-10000 hours, have a 5 minute strike up time and should be left 15 minutes before lighting them again after they have been switched off. Tungsten Halogen bulbs emit warm white light, last between 2000-4000 hours, strike up immediately and can be switched on straight after they have been switched off.

Who can set up the lights?

Anyone can set up HSS lights, no formal training is required.

The majority of HSS lights can be deployed and set up easily by one person, easy to follow instructions and guides are issued with each light.

Can you switch all the lights on a tower on at once?

To avoid damage to the bulbs and not to put too much strain on the generator it is advised that the lamps are switched on individually.

Two minute intervals should be left between switching the lamps on.

Can you switch the lights on again after you have just switched them off?

Metal Halide lights cannot be switched straight back on after they have been switched off. When Metal Halide lights have been switched off, a minimum period of 15 minutes should pass before switching the lights back on. Damage can be caused to the power supply if lights are switched off and straight back on again.

Tungsten Halogen bulbs can be switched on and off with no concerns.

How often should the oil be checked?

The oil levels in a lighting tower should be checked each day when the light is on site, if the level is low the oil should topped up.

Oil should be changed every 300 hours, or 25 days (Assuming the light is on for 12 hours a day).

How long will a lighting tower run without need to be re-fuelled?

The Metal 4 Head Halide Lighting Tower is able to run continuously for 60 hours without needing to be re-fuelled.

If a lighting tower is being powered from a generator, the size of the generator determines the run time of the light. The larger the generator, the longer the light can run before needing fuel.

Link towers can run indefinitely from the mains or from a set of railway power points.

With all other types of lights only four can be transported at a time.

In the event of an engine failure can the mast be still be lowered?

If the engine fails on a lighting tower and the mast is fully deployed it is still possible to lower the mast using the manual override.

The manual override can be accessed by control panel. Unscrew the manual override access cap and then turn the manual override screw, which will drain the hydraulic fluid and lower the tower in a controlled manner. The override screw must be tightened after mast is lowered.

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