“The Doosan Infracore Portable Power LSC (LightSource Compact) light tower, introduced last year, takes up 20% less space during storage and full operational deployment on a jobsite compared to the industry average,” he relates. Because more units can fit on a single truckload, contractors that transport several light towers to and from jobsites can see fuel savings.
The key, Howe adds, is to reduce the footprint without detracting from other important features, such as runtime, engine size, lighting capability, serviceability and so forth. This was accomplished by making the LSC narrower, while changing the layout of components.
According to Howe, the reduced footprint is innovation grounded in what customers want. “Powered by a 7.8-kW diesel engine and featuring four 1,000-watt metal-halide floodlights, the LSC is designed primarily to provide very efficient jobsite light, although an auxiliary outlet provides an additional power source,” he states. He adds, the company’s other light towers, such as the L20 with a 20-kW generator, will power up an entire jobsite trailer in addition to providing light.
One of the big challenges for manufacturers in all industries is to reduce the cost of owning and operating equipment without sacrificing performance, Howe states. Some of these challenges can be met with new technologies such as LED and plasma lighting or alternative power sources, whereas others can be tackled by creating innovative design.
Looking down the road, he envisions the viability of incorporating hybrid engine/battery technology into light towers to save on fuel costs. An auto start option is already available on most Doosan light towers. Activated by a photocell, the feature starts the generator when night falls, and shuts it off during daylight hours.
As manufacturers note, developing and incorporating new technology into light towers comes with a price tag. This must be weighed against the long-term cost of the unit’s operation and performance and, ultimately, the value it can provide on your jobsite.