In the old days, construction site lighting typically consisted of some bulbs and pigtails haphazardly strung along an electric wire. It was usually hung from nails pounded into sections of the construction site. Needless to say, lighting this way caused many problems. Not only was this temporary lighting difficult and often dangerous to install, it was dangerous itself, with a high risk of shock and even electrocution. This type of lighting is thankfully a thing of the past. New options in temporary construction site lighting have emerged and they have many advantages.
New construction lights are now specifically made for the job site. For example, durability is a big concern. New lights are made of LED technology, which allows for lights that last longer and give brighter light. LED’s are also much smaller and lighter, making installation much easier and safer. Maintenance is also much easier due to the enhanced durability. New lights are also made to withstand the typical knocks and drops that might be experienced on a job site. Most come inside a plastic cage making the actual light bulb harder to damage. Older lights were typically hot to the touch, making them dangerous to make contact with. This risk is almost eliminated with the addition of the plastic cages and guards that today’s lighting employs. The plastic cages are also impact resistant, making damage from drops, impacts, accidents and other natural or unnatural phenomena much less likely to occur.
The cables and cords that hang the lighting have also been updated, with much stronger cords that encase the actual electrical wire, making accidental cuts or frays much less likely, thereby making shocks and electrocution accidents dramatically lessened. Nowadays, temporary lights are also required to be properly grounded, especially any metal parts, and also feature overcurrent protection.
To help with hanging the lights, many temporary lighting systems come with molded cables, eyelets, stress relief ridges and PVC hangers specially made to make hanging and also removing the lights a much easier task.
Weather resistance is also incorporated into temporary jobsite lighting these days. In the past, temporary lighting on a jobsite would require the lights to be exposed to weather such as rain or even snow. This can cause significant danger, so much so that some work might be suspended during inclement weather. Not so nowadays, with the cables and lights well protected with plastic guards, molds and even waterproofing.