Atlas Copco has introduced its first-ever battery-powered LED light tower. Offering runtimes of up to 32 hours, an extended lifespan, minimal maintenance and low operational costs, the compact HiLight Z3+ is powered by lithium-ion batteries and provides enhanced illumination for metropolitan construction sites, outdoor events and industrial areas. Zero noise during operation and the absence of engine emissions ensure full environmental compliance in urban locations.

Atlas Copco’s Power and Flow division Light Towers product marketing manager Félix Gómez commented: “This launch represents a major leap forward in terms of what is achievable with a battery-powered light tower. Before selecting the battery type, we undertook extensive R&D to ensure we would provide our customers with the best-in-class performance they expect – not just in terms of running hours, but also reliability, ease-of-use and total cost of ownership. The end result is the HiLight Z3+, which offers a yearly reduction of one tonne of CO2 emissions and diesel savings of more than 1,000 litres.

The enhanced performance of the HiLight Z3+ light tower stems from its use of lithium-ion battery technology. In comparison to lead-acid and gel battery types, it offers up to 20% more DoD (Depth of Discharge), three times more energy density and a lifetime of 6,000 cycles; equivalent to six times more than alternative technologies. Furthermore, the light tower’s charging time, directly from auxiliary, grid or portable generator supply units is just 6 hours for the standard Z3+ unit.

The HiLight Z3+ features a high luminosity lamp assembly comprised four 160W LEDs, with a life expectancy of 50,000 hours. Combined with specially designed directional glass optics, the floodlights provide optimal light distribution over a 3,000m² illumination area. The LED lighting units are supported by a hydraulically elevated vertical mast, certified wind-stable up to 80km/h, with a maximum operating height of 8m.

Capable of operating within a temperature range of -20⁰C to 50⁰C, the Z3+ has been designed with portability and transportation efficiency in mind. The compact dimensions of the light tower, which measures 1,160mm x 1,160mm x 2,500mm, allow up to 22 units to be accommodated on a 13m truck. All-weather protection is provided by a galvanised steel canopy and powder-coated paintwork.

The HiLight range of battery, electric and diesel-powered, LED and metal halide light towers is designed to offer the widest choice for construction, road works, public events, and industrial applications. Atlas Copco offers a broad range of flexible and dynamic portable lighting solutions, which combine robust build quality and compact size while addressing all aspects of efficiency, safety and environmental impact.