The only restored & fully operational WORLD WAR II ANTI-AIRCRAFT SEARCHLIGHT!
As seen on
KNBC Channel 4 NEWS
PBS's "California's Gold" with Huell Howser
Shooter Jennings Music Video "Steady at the Wheel"
The History Channel's "UFO Files"
The History Channel's "Mail Call" with R. Lee Ermey
Warner Bros "Gangster Squad"
"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
and many more
Rentals start at *$365.00 for 3 hours of minimum operation.
$85.00 for every additional hour
*This rate applys within 25 miles of Santa
pretty much includes all of the San Fernando Valley .
Locations beyond 25 miles, additional mileage charges apply.
See additional mileage charges below.
Additional Mileage Charges for over 25 miles of travel:
Earliest Time to Start the Searchlight:
For booking, and questions,
Call anytime, 24/7 (if no answer, leave a message, I will call you back ASAP.
There are a few reasons you don't see many of these BIG searchlights around anymore. The younger generation business owner, or someone in special event promotions, has never seen a real searchlight, and just isn't familiar with the advantages of the traditional World War II era searchlight. They may have used one of the smaller multi-beam units without success, and think all lights are all the same. They are not! Click here to see a comparison
Used as a creative tool in advertising and promotion, nothing says “Special Event” like a real searchlight. As for those little multi-beam lights you've seen lately, they are just spotlights, and the beam of light they produce, the beam width or even the beam's length can't compare to the power of an authentic carbon arc searchlight.
you don't see many of these old W.W.II Carbon Arc lights around is
of age. Real searchlight units are all over 60 years old, so many have
fallen into disrepair. They are expensive to transport, and to
so many searchlight advertising companies have converted their fleet to
the smaller, inferior multi beam spotlight units that just don't have
power to produce the results that the real searchlights do, and as a
are not used as often.
One day, the opportunity to see a real W.W.II carbon arc searchlight like ours will disappear into history, only to be replaced by an inferior, second-rate alternative to the real thing.
Well, now you can still rent a REAL, one of a kind, fully restored U.S. Army Anti-Aircraft Carbon Arc Searchlight from Victory Searchlight Advertising! Our light was built in 1942 by the General Electric Company to aid World War II anti-aircraft gunnery crews in spotting enemy aircraft during night-time air attacks. Today, the beam symbolizes rays of hope, and future peace after the war's destruction. This beautifully restored W.W. II Carbon Arc Anti-Aircraft Searchlight that helped win the "Big War" almost 60 years ago is still on Active Duty to help you win your WAR OF SALES, or promote your big event! W.W. II Carbon Arc Searchlights are the traditional "Hollywood Lights". Carbon Arc lights have been attracting people by adding glamour, and atmosphere to big Movie Premiers, Grand Openings, and other special events for over 60 years!
Carbon Arc Searchlights are a proven advertising, and promotional tool used from coast to coast to attract attention to all types of events. From galas to grand openings, to fund-raisers, and festivals. These carbon arc searchlights have been known to draw attention from well over 35 miles away. Searchlights increase traffic to your evening event by creating awareness and excitement. People have a natural curiosity to track down the light source to see what's going on! If you are a business in a hard to find location, the light will put you on the map, and always creates an excitement that people remember for years! If you have ever seen one of these lights, bet you remember where you saw it, don't you? It's a fact that 78% of your potential customers live within a five mile radius of your place of business, a radius that is expanded when using a searchlight. 60% of all buying decisions are being made in front of or at a store's location.
The light can set up almost anywhere, and we provide our own power. We just need enough level space on your lot to park our truck & trailer, and sweep the night sky at a 10 to 75 degree angle. The light comes with its own operator that stays with the light during operation, and takes it away when operation is finished. We operate our searchlight unit on its 20' transport trailer, but for special event displays, for an additional charge of $160.00, we can take the light, and generator off the trailer, to operate on the ground.
The light is a historical museum piece on wheels that is an attraction in itself even before the beam is turned on. Our searchlight will bring "living history" to your event. The searchlight attracts all age groups by the car load to your location! Because so many park and get out of their cars to ask questions, we have found it necessary at times to set up a display along side the light that tells all about searchlights, and their place in our American military history. Once out of their cars to see the light, people are more likely to enter your business or event.
See what our BIG powerful beam of light can do to promote your next BIG event!
Computer speed makes the light rotate faster. Actual Speed is 2 RPM
When people come to the
many times they ask... "What's the light for?" We hear this
all the time. Sometimes people need to know why the light
at a location, and where to go. Events like carnivals, or
premiers are obvious, but if you are a business, especially in a
center location, you may need a BIG SIGN or banners that say GRAND
or BIG SALE to stand out from the rest of the businesses so people are
directed to your business.
You may also use balloons, pennant flags, and streamers to direct people to your business entrance. Flagpro is a company that has these items... http://www.flagpro.com/store/page21.html
GRANITE HIGH SCHOOL, APPLE
ROUTE 66 RESTAURANT, CANYON COUNTRY
POWER FORD, VALENCIA OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN OMAHA JACK'S STEAKHOUSE, CUCAMONGA
DIRECT AUTO SALES, ALHAMBRA OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE BORDER BOOKS, MIRA LOMA
BIG VALLEY DODGE, VAN NUYS CULVER HIGH SCHOOL EL COYOTE CAFE, HOLLYWOOD
CLASSIC CHEVROLET, ANAHEIM GLENDALE HIGH SCHOOL CATWALK SHOES, SAN PEDRO
SANTA PAULA CHEVROLET FOOTHILL HIGH SCHOOL, TUSTIN LENNAR HOMES, BAKERSFIELD
LANCASTER FORD HART HIGH SCHOOL, NEWHALL NEWPORT YACHT CLUB
SANTA PAULA FORD SIMI HIGH SCHOOL COMPUSA, MONROVIA
Wm L Morris CHEVROLET, SIMI MOORPARK SCHOOL DISTRICT REAGAN LIBRARY, SIMI
VALENCIA LEXIS SAUGUS HIGH SCHOOL QUEENS FITNESS, GLENDORA
GLENDALE INFINITI HOLLYWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, HOLLYWOOD SAUGUS SPEEDWAY
NORTHRIDGE TOYOTA PARACLETE HIGH SCHOOL, LANCASTER WAL-MART, SANTA CLARITA
MILLER TOYOTA, CULVER CITY ALEMANY HIGH SCHOOL, MISSION HILLS CALIFORINA PHILHARMONIC, PASADENA
CAMACHO AUTO, PALMDALE HART OF THE CANYONS CHURCH CONSIGNER DESIGNER, CANYON COUNTRY
HAMER TOYOTA, MISSION HILLS STEVENSON RANCH FOUR SQUARE CHURCH OVERTIME BAR & GRILL, GLENDALE
DCH HONDA, OXNARD ST. PATRICKS CHURCH, NORTH HOLLYWOOD CLUB 470 LOS ANGELES
LEXUS OF SANTA MONICA OUR LADY CHURCH BAR-B-Q, NEWHALL CASBAH NIGHT CLUB, ENCINO
COMACHO AUTO, PALMDALE ST FRANCIS CHURCH CARNIVAL, BURBANK GOOD MICROBREW, HOLLYWOOD
CITY OF SANTA CLARITA ST BRIDGET CHURCH, VAN NUYS B-52 CLUB, LOS ANGELES
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO BETHLEHAM LUTHERAN , SANTA CLARITA ORCHID NIGHT CLUB, KOREATOWN
CHINATOWN LOS ANGELES FAITH LUTHERAN, MOORPARK LOOSE GOOSE WINE FESTIVAL
CITY OF LAKEWOOD REAL LIFE CHURCH, VALENCIA RED BULL NEW YEARS EVENT, LONG BEACH
CITY OF SAN PEDRO ORPHEUM THEATRE LOS ANGELES JAPANESE CULTURAL CENTER, LOS ANGELES
UNTITLED PRODUCTIONS LOS ANGELES THEATRE GETTY CENTER, LOS ANGELES
TLK2BOB PRODUCTIONS LOBERO THEATER, SANTA BARBARA MORTECH FINANCIAL GROUP, OXNARD
UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS WARNER GRAND THEATRE SAN PEDRO HOTEL CASA DEL CAMINO, LAGUNA BEACH
SHOOTER JENNINGS MUSIC VIDEO HIGH STREET THEATER, MOORPARK TAI PAN TRADING HOME DECOR, RANCHO CUCAMONGA
JOY ASBURY PRODUCTIONS IBM IOTA BAKERY, KOREATOWN SIT N SLEEP, SANTA MONICA
TEAM HELPRIN PRODUCTIONS BARNEY'S BEANERY, BEVERLY HILLS WARNER BROTHERS "GANGSTER SQUAD"
BASE PRODUCTIONS ` MAGIC CASTLE, HOLLYWOOD MOLAR MANOR HAUNTED HOUSE, VALENCIA
VILLAGE RECORDING STUDIOS DOUBLE Z DRIVE THRU, CHINO FORT McARTHUR MUSEUM, SAN PEDRO
KABC RADIO JOSEPH'S CAFE, HOLLYWOOD BOB WONDERIES FORD, ALHAMBRA
FRYCAT PRODUCTIONS PANERA BAKERY CAFE, STUDIO CITY UNIVERSAL MINI, NORTH HOLLYWOOD
THE HISTORY CHANNEL CARVEL ICE CREAM, AZUZA UNIVERSAL NISSAN, LOS ANGELES
PANDEMIC STUDIOS T-BO's BAR- B -Q, CANYON COUNTRY RIDGECREST PETROGLYPH FESTIVAL
DISCOVERY CHANNEL KARMA INDIAN RESTAURANT, VALENCIA ROLLING HILLS CHRISTMAS PARADE
HISTORY CHANNEL TANGIERS RESTAURANT, HOLLYWOOD MENCHIES YOGURT, CULVER CITY
JIMMY KIMMEL SHOW PASADENA ART COLLEGE, PASADENA DUNBAR HOTEL, LOS ANGELES
XODUS ENTERTAINMENT PERRELL FINE ART, WEST HOLLYWOOD EL PORTAL THEATER, NORTH HOLLYWOOD
HUELL HOUSER PBS WILD CAT LOUNGE, SANTA BARBARA MAMA'S HUMMUS, NEWBURY PARK
AUTRY MUSEUM JOHN BURROUGHS HIGHSCHOOL PROM MODERN INTERIORS, NEWBURY PARK
FAMOUS DAVE'S BAR-B-Q, SIMI SANTA CLARITA STREET FAIR, NEWHALL DUNBAR HOTEL, LOS ANGELES
MIDICI PIZZA , STUDIO CITY RESEDA MOVIES IN THE PARK, RESEDA DISASTER ARTIST MOVIE
GROCERY OUTLET, AZUZA GEM KOREAN BAR-B-Q , CHINO HILLS MILLER HONDA, VAN NUYS
Mc DONALDS, LANCASTER PALMDALE HIGH SCHOOL, PALMDALE ITALIAN AMERICAN MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
CITY MARKET SOUTH, LOS ANGELES CULVER CITY HOTEL, CULVER CITY GUITAR CENTER, GLENDORA
LAEMMLE THEATER N. HOLLYWOOD LANCASTER PLAYHOUSE, LANCASTER ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD MOVIE
KIA DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES FREEDOM CHURCH, SANTA FE SPRINGS Santa Anita Racetrack
CONJO VALLEY DAYS FURNITURE NOW SANTA CLARITA PIARA PIZZA
To learn more about our Historical Light, click.....HERE
Our light made history, seen on NBC TV News on
2003. To see photos, click.....HERE
To see the actual video, click... HERE
The light on Huell Howser's "California's Gold"
February 25th, 2004 click... HERE
To See the actual show, click.... HERE
The light was featured in a History Channel "UFO Files" episode "UFO's and the White House".
The light was featured in the end of the year
New Years Red Tag Sale, click HERE
To see the actual commercial, click ... HERE
On April 13th of 2007, our light was featured on
History Channel program "Mail Call"
with R. Lee Ermey. Episode #93, The great L.A. Air Raid of 1942.
To see photos of this event, click.... HERE
To view this segment of the program, click... HERE
On June 12th of 2008 our light was featured on
History Channel Program "UNIVERSE"
The End of the Earth: Deep Space Threats to Our Planet
The light was used on the feature films ...
"Gangster Squad" 2013
"Silent Life" 2016
"The Disaster Artist" 2016
To see W.W. II Searchlights and, how they were used in war, click.... HERE
Get more information on Searchlight W.W.II History at the Skylighters web site here... HERE
Learn about the Carbon Arc Light, click ......HERE
Here is a little
Before W.W.II, Movie Studios would set up their studio spotlights used for filming movies, in front of movie theaters and point them into the sky to attract attention when they would premier a new movie.
After W.W. II, the giant military searchlight became available as war surplus. With it's larger, brighter beam, it was soon found to be more spectacular, and effective in attracting people from a longer distance to the event. They soon replaced these little movie spotlights, and the Big Searchlights of W.W. II became the standard for Hollywood Premiers, Grand Openings, and other big events.
By the 1980's, because of the high cost of operating and maintaining these giant aging W.W. II Searchlights, which also required an operator, many searchlight advertising companies converted their fleet of W.W. II Searchlights back to the little compact spotlights. These are the little multi-beam spotlight type units you see today.
Even though smaller, and not as bright, these advertising companies still charge the same price or more to rent out these little lights as they did the BIG W.W.II Searchlights, and they don't require an operator. In many cases, the little lights are just dropped off at your location, and you turn them on and off and are charged by the time used..
Since the 1980's these little spotlights just did not show the results the big searchlights did in attracting people and as a result of the poor performance multi-beam lights have in attracting people, searchlights are not used as often as they had been 40 years ago. Many event promoters think the multi-beams are the same as the big lights and do not realize that SIZE DOES MATTER!
Some outdoor advertisers promote these multi-beam lights as a replacement for the real thing, but they are not even close. Compared to a real searchlight, they are just big flashlights! On the average, these little dancing lights look nice up to a few blocks away, maybe 1.5 miles at best in the city.
The multi-beams are great for localized atmosphere enhancement of an event that is already established, but they just do not have the power to attract people from very far away like the BIG W.W.II Carbon Arc Searchlights do.
Remember, when you need the power to attract large numbers of people miles away to your event, these little lights just don't have the beam power our W.W. II Searchlight has to attract attention. Just because Multi-beams units are smaller does not mean they are cheaper to rent. In most cases, the cost to rent a little Multi Beam light may be more to rent than our real Searchlight! In one example, we charged $365.00 for a 3 hour night, and a Multi Beam company charged $600.00 for the same location!
A multi beam company might tell you their light is better because their unit has 4 lights, but what good are they if each light can only be seen for a few blocks! One BIGGER, Brighter, and Longer beam is more effective in attracting people from miles away to your location.
Our classic W.W. II Carbon Arc Searchlight has over 3 times brightness and more than twice the beam width of those little multi-beam type light units. Our Searchlight has a light output of 800 million candle power, and produces a 5 foot wide beam 5.6 miles in length.
Depending on location, terrain, and weather conditions, our light beam at times can be seen for over 35 to 50 miles.
In the city of Santa Paula it was seen from Interstate 5, Moorpark, and Ventura.
Located at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, it was seen from the Staples Center .
Don't settle for second best for your event.
Use a Real Military Carbon Arc Searchlight! Learn more about the difference between these two types of lights.
Click here to see a comparison of the little multi-beam light with our BIG Carbon Arc Searchlight.