Many Americans show their patriotic spirit by flying a United States flag on their property. But relatively few citizens are aware of guidelines from the federal government that determine how and when the flag can be displayed.
Traditionally, the American flag should be displayed on buildings only from sunrise to sunset and on flagstaffs in open space. However, the flag may be displayed around the clock if it is properly lit after dark.
If you wish to display your flag or leave it up all day, take the necessary steps to ensure proper illumination. While federal law does not provide specific details regarding nighttime illumination of the American flag, The American Legion suggests that a proper lighting setup includes at least two to three lamps pointed at the flagpole. These lights’ only purpose should be to illuminate the flag.
There are four basic methods for flag lighting:
If your flag is currently lit, make sure that it is easy to distinguish at night. The American flag should be recognizable in all light situations. Invest in a light that can be put on a timer or is equipped with a daylight sensor to save energy and ensure convenience.