Does anyone work in the dark??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TheLugNutZ, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. Jason Simmons

    Jason Simmons LawnSite Member
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    I do it every day doing the fall. I get off my regular job at 3 and it gets dark at 5:20 , I' ll get done around 7. I have a light on my head and i do just fine. I thought about mounting a light bar on my redmax blower and a light on my tube.
     
  2. LewisLawn

    LewisLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 489

    with working a second job during the fall cleanup time it is almost impossible not to work in the dark...i will not start a job in the dark but i will not leave a job unfinished so many times i am finishing up in the dark...i use a head lamp laights from the truck have reflective gear on body cones with reflective tape on them surrounding the truck and trailer as well as strobes on the truck i dont feel any less safe than during the day...during the summer months it is difficult to mow in the dark because we are only allowed to mow to certain time without breaking the city ordinance....the same goes for those that plow or run snow blowers i believe we can run power equipment before 7 a.m or after 9 p.m.
     
  3. nnusskern

    nnusskern LawnSite Member
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    Snow removal is exempt
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  4. goodgreen

    goodgreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 363

    I've been doing fall cleanups at some commercial properties at night, primarily so I don't have to work around all the parked cars. They usually have good lighting at the facilities.
     
  5. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    We work till its dark quite often in fall clean ups. You need to plan what you can do in low light and what you can't do. So the detail work getting the leaves and junk out of the beds and lawn that requires you being able to see. But the vacuuming up the leaf pile doesn't require sun light you can work with the truck head lights just fine so going till 6 pm is not unheard of. Also mowing I am very good at doing that when its dark you learn to see shadows and use your memory of the place to do it. It's an acquired skill and its not for everyone.
     
  6. DLS1021

    DLS1021 LawnSite Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 34

    I have for years. I've got several commercial properties and can cut them at any hour. Especially during the summer I do this to beat the heat. I bought 5 - 27w LED lights off eBay and used 2 of them on my rider. I used the standard farm utility lights before but they pulled too much on the battery. These LEDs are way brighter and pull less amps. LEDs are the way to go. Paid like $20 per light
     
  7. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,660

    I mow some commercial places late or early but they have parking lot lights that help. I never do residential in the dark, might finish up and it gets dark when loading up.
     
  8. MyLawnCareLLC

    MyLawnCareLLC LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
    Posts: 67

    I will be setting up light systems on at 2 of my zero turns this winter. I plan on having it to do some commercial or vacant homes when the weather is bad in spring and we need to catch up at dark and especially next fall after the time change to do leaf clean ups
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  9. CrystalCreek

    CrystalCreek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,387

    My Walker has a set of LED flood lights which are as bright as sunlight. I use a headlamp from Stream light that is very birght and can be worn under hoodie or woll cap. Yes it is not fun and often very cold in the northeast, but the work must be done. My customers know I am insane so they usully stay away and hide their children and pets. I have done almost my entire route in the dark at one point or another.
     
  10. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    The only issue I think is you would end up missing some areas and taking more time than necessary. If the custy's don't mind then have at it bro.
     

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