Why is Obstruction Lighting a Critical Part of the Broadcast Industry?


Obstruction lighting is an essential component of any tall structure, including cell towers. These lights are used to warn aircraft pilots of the presence of the structure, especially at night or in low visibility conditions. In the broadcast industry, cell towers play a critical role in delivering audio, video, and data to consumers, and obstruction lighting on these towers is equally critical. Here are 4 reasons why:

  1. Safety: The primary role for obstruction lighting is to ensure the safety of air travel. When a cell tower is erected in an area with low visibility conditions, or if the tower is taller than surrounding structures, it poses a significant risk to low-flying aircraft. Obstruction lighting on the tower serves as a warning to pilots to avoid the structure and fly safely.
  2. Compliance: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all structures over a certain height to have obstruction lighting. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in severe fines and legal penalties. Compliance with FAA regulations is critical for broadcast companies that rely on cell towers to transmit their content to consumers.
  3. Reliability: When cell towers are obstructed or damaged, the transmission of audio, video, and data can be disrupted or halted entirely. Obstruction lighting plays a critical role in ensuring that cell towers are not damaged by aircraft, and thus, broadcasts can continue without interruption.
  4. Reputation: The broadcast industry relies heavily on consumer trust. Interruptions in service due to a lack of obstruction lighting on cell towers can damage a company’s reputation and lead to a loss of customers. Broadcast companies that prioritize safety and reliability by ensuring their cell towers have obstruction lighting build trust with their consumers and increase their brand reputation.

For more on the role of obstruction lighting in the broadcast industry, watch the above episode of Pro AV Today as host Ben Thomas and Jim Jacoby of TWR Lighting share their thoughts.

Jim Jacoby, President of TWR Lighting, the industry leader in obstruction lighting, monitoring, installation and service. Jim has a long standing history of fostering company growth, spearheading new product development, strategic planning and market penetration. With over 30 years of experience, Jim specializes in establishing the strategic direction, aligning the organizational design to meet the strategic plan, with a focus on customer acquisition & retention, while facilitating and guiding the company operations and supply chain to ensure all company growth and profitability goals are met.

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!


Rugged Edge Computing
Rugged Edge Computing for Tough Environments Follows Shift Away from the Cloud
March 31, 2023

At ISC West 2023, Premio showcases how Rugged Edge Computing can easily stand up to the toughest industrial workloads in the harshest environments without missing a beat. Many trends are shaping the modern security market with a strong focus on rugged hardware such as smart sensors. There is a shift away from the cloud […]

Read More
DTC brands
DTC Brands Struggle to Adapt With 2023 Consumers: Brand Trust and Flexibility is Necessary
March 31, 2023

Selling directly to the consumer buying your products can be incredibly profitable for a business, so why don’t all businesses sell directly to consumers? The simple answer is that there are many risks and challenges that come with running a direct-to-consumer (DTC) business, and the risks do not always pay off. The success […]

Read More
Voice AI
Voice AI: Changing the Sound of Restaurants and Transforming the Ordering Experience
March 31, 2023

Takeout and delivery are as much the fabric of restaurants today as a room full of diners. During the pandemic, many restaurants may not have made it out the other side without takeout and delivery services. Still, staffing shortages are a significant issue for most restaurants after the pandemic. Finding the balance between handling orders […]

Read More