The United States Flag Code (Title 4, Chapter 1) states, "It is the universal custom to display the flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary staffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness."
Solar lights are a cost effective and enviromentally friendly alternative to installing electical floodlights to illuminate your flag. The solar panel charges in the sun and illuminates the flag automatically at night. The brighter and the longer the sunlight, the more charge is stored in the batteries. Operating times will vary by location, daily weather conditions, and season. Under optimal conditions, solar lights provide between 6 to 12 hours of light with 5 to 8 hours being typical. Solar lights are equippped with LED's which are semiconductors that emit light. The solar light is softer than incandescent or flourescent lighting and works best without other interfering light sources. The batteries are designed to be recharged a minimum of 500 times before replacing. Replacement batteries are available in stores. There is no maintenance required except the occassional replacement of the batteries and cleaning of the lens and solar panel to improve solar collection and illumination.
It is recommended that the solar light be placed 3' - 4' under the flag and used on flagpoles up to 25' in height for maximum effectiveness.
Choose one of these solar lights to illuminate your flag.