Don't settle for second best for your event...
use the finest Carbon Arc Searchlight you can
Serving the Los Angeles and Surrounding Area
Call Bob: 818-470-5483
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
Portable Solar Powered LED Message Boards
Advertising Our light In Action
Our Clients LED
A Real Searchlight!
the last time you saw a REAL Searchlight sweep the night sky for a Grand
Opening , a big sale, or special event? We're not talking about
one of those little multi-beam spotlight units that are only visible
a short distance. These little Multi-beam units are just spotlights,
not searchlights. We are talking about the really BIG, U.S.
Military Anti-Aircraft Searchlights used in W.W.II.
The big Carbon Arc searchlight that became
the Traditional, Original "Hollywood" Searchlight used for over 60
years at Movie Premiers, Grand Openings, and other special events.
Bet its been a while since you have seen one.
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 multibeam 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 because
of age. Real searchlight units are all over 60 years old, so many have
fallen into disrepair. They are expensive to transport, and to maintain,
so many searchlight advertising companies have converted their fleet to
the smaller, inferior multi beam spotlight units that just don't have the
power to produce the results that the real searchlights do, and as a result
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.
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
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 $100.00, 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 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!
Friday, Saturday, or Sunday
per night with 3 hours of operation within 25 miles of Santa Clarita,
and $85.00 for every additional hour if requested. If your location
is beyond 25 miles, additional charges for mileage apply. See additional
mileage charges below.
Weekend nights are the most
effective, high traffic nights to operate a Searchlight to attract people,
so we offer special savings to you! Despite the high
maintenance costs, and ever increasing fuel costs, we still offer the lowest
base rates in the
Los Angeles area for the Best
Carbon Arc Searchlight you can get on the west coast! Since we already
offer a discounted base price lower than any searchlight company, we do
not offer any additional discounts. Our base pricing is far below
the national average for this type of light, and this is the BEST light
you can get! Maintenance and fuel costs are just too high for this
type of light to offer any further discounts.
Monday - Thursday
$390.00 per night with 3 hours of operation within 25 miles of Santa
Clarita, and $85.00
for every additional hour if
requested. If your location is beyond 25miles, additional charges
for mileage apply. See additional mileage charges below.
Additional Mileage Charges for
over 25 miles of travel:
If your location is over 25 miles
from our office at Hwy 14 and Sand Canyon in Santa Clarita, we add an additional
transportation charge of up to $1.85 per mile for travel one way
in the Los Angeles area. This is just to give you an estimate of transportation
cost. Please call if you are beyond 25 miles to get an accurate quote which
in most cases is less than what you might estimate.
Optional Special Event Display:
We operate our light on its car
trailer, but for an additional $100.00, the light, and generator can be
removed from the trailer for special event displays. (We must prep
the trailer for this, and at the location requires over 1 hour or
more to unload, setup, and load this unit, sometimes with extra manpower
if ground is not level)
Payments are due in advance of the
event date, or a contact person must meet with the operator before the
start of operation to deliver the payment.
Payments can also be made in advance on line with
your Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover card, by using the
Paypal button below. Follow the easy steps to enter your secure credit
card information on line. You do not have to be a member of PayPal
to use your credit card.
Earliest Time to Start the Searchlight:
It is dark enough to get the best
effect out of a searchlight at the END OF CIVIL TWILIGHT, which is 25 minutes
after sunset. Remember.... the sun sets at different times throughout
the year. This time ranges from as early as 5:15 PM December 22nd
in the Winter months to as late as 8:30 PM on June 21st the Summer months.
Determine the earliest time
to start the searchlight on the day of your event... HERE
Book in Advance!
First come, first served.
Don't wait till the last second to book our searchlight. You should reserve
the searchlight as far in advance as you can to ensure it will be available
for the day of your event. You may reserve the searchlight
as far in advance as you wish, and may even reserve it yearly for your
Call us with the date, address
location of your event, and the hours you would like the searchlight to
operate. Once we quote you a rental price, you may make your payment
on line using your credit card in the payment section above.
For booking, and questions, call
Call anytime, 24/7 (if no answer, leave a message,
I will call you back ASAP.
SEE THE LIGHT!
SEE OUR 5 FT WIDE BEAM, 5.6 MILES LONG!
Actual Speed is 2 RPM
You May Need A Little More:
When people come to the light
many times they ask... "What's the light for?" We hear this
all the time. Sometimes people need to know why the light is
at a location, and where to go. Events like carnivals, or movie
premiers are obvious, but if you are a business, especially in a mini mall
location, you need big SIGN or banners that say GRAND OPENING, or BIG SALE.
You need to stand out from the rest of the businesses to direct people
to your event. Find out more about our LED message signs, and the
lowest rates in Los Angeles HERE
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
Searchlight Advertising is the use
of a very powerful light beam that creates the curiosity to attract people
to your special event location.
In a way, Searchlight Advertising
is a form of broadcasting like Radio or Television. Instead of using
radio waves as a signal to deliver a message, the searchlight signal is
a very bright beam of light without a message! People are very
curious, want to know what the message is, and have been known to drive
for miles to track down the light to find out what's going on.
can be used to promote a Grand Opening, Big Sale, Movie Premiere,
Carnival, and any special event that invites the public to
Just like with broadcasting, the
more powerful, and stronger the signal, the more people will be able to
receive the signal, and follow the light beam to your event. Searchlights
attract a wider demographic group than most media. From young children,
to the very old, they are all attracted to the giant beam of light in the
It's a fact that 78% of
your potential customers live within a five mile radius of your place of
business. A searchlight expands this radius of potential customers!
60% of all buying decisions are made in front of, or at a store's location.
Carbon Arc searchlight in the photos above is the one, and
only "True" Outdoor Advertising Searchlight that has been used for over
60 years! These carbon arc lights have the most powerful light beam
you can get for your event.
Carbon Arc Searchlight Advertising
started after W.W. II when the military replaced Anti-Aircraft Searchlights
with RADAR systems to spot enemy aircraft in the night sky, making searchlight
systems obsolete. The military sold the surplus searchlights off to the
public which started the Outdoor Advertising Searchlight Industry.
A rare example of a peace time use of a military weapon of war.
recent years, smaller, multi-beam spotlights have been developed in an
attempt to replace the aging, W.W.II Carbon Arc Searchlight, but these
little spotlights are not very bright, and do not attract people from miles
away like the W.W. II Carbon Arc Searchlight. Multi-beams just don't
have the beam power, or range of a real W.W.II Carbon Arc Searchlight.
Don't settle for second best
for your event. Be sure its a real W.W. II Carbon Arc Searchlight!
Our Valued Clients
CENTURY BMW ALHAMBRA
GRANITE HIGH SCHOOL, APPLE VALLEY
MORTECH FINANCIAL GROUP, OXNARD
POWER FORD, VALENCIA
OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
PANERA BAKERY CAFE, STUDIO CITY
DIRECT AUTO SALES, ALHAMBRA
CARVEL ICE CREAM, AZUZA
BIG VALLEY DODGE VAN NUYS
CULVER HIGH SCHOOL
ROUTE 66 RESTAURANT, CANYON COUNTRY
CLASSIC CHEVROLET, ANAHEIM
GLENDALE HIGH SCHOOL
OMAHA JACK'S STEAKHOUSE, CUCAMONGA
SANTA PAULA CHEVROLET
FOOTHILL HIGH SCHOOL, TUSTIN
EL COYOTE CAFE, HOLLYWOOD
HART HIGH SCHOOL, NEWHALL
NEWPORT YACHT CLUB
SANTA PAULA FORD
SIMI HIGH SCHOOL
Wm L Morris CHEVROLET SIMI
MOORPARK SCHOOL DISTRICT
REAGAN LIBRARY, SIMI
SAUGUS HIGH SCHOOL
QUEENS FITNESS, GLENDORA
BETHLEHAM LUTHERAN , SANTA CLARITA
FAITH LUTHERAN, MOORPARK
MILLER TOYOTA, CULVER CITY
ST FRANCIS CHURCH CARNIVAL, BURBANK
CALIFORINA PHILHARMONIC, PASADENA
HAMER TOYOTA, MISSION HILLS
HART OF THE CANYONS CHURCH
CONSIGNER DESIGNER, CANYON COUNTRY
CITY OF SAN PEDRO
STEVENSON RANCH FOUR SQUARE CHURCH
FAMOUS DAVE'S BAR-B-Q, SIMI
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO
ORPHEUM THEATRE LOS ANGELES
KARMA INDIAN RESTAURANT, VALENCIA
CITY OF LAKEWOOD
WARNER GRAND THEATRE SAN PEDRO
CASBAH NIGHT CLUB, ENCINO
LOS ANGELES THEATRE
CATWALK SHOES, SAN PEDRO
THE HISTORY CHANNEL
ST. PATRICKS CHURCH, NORTH HOLLYWOOD
TANGIERS RESTAURANT, HOLLYWOOD
OUR LADY CHURCH BAR-B-Q, NEWHALL
ORCHID NIGHT CLUB, KOREATOWN
MOLAR MANOR HAUNTED HOUSE
LOOSE GOOSE WINE FESTIVAL
DOUBLE Z DRIVE THRU, CHINO
TAI PAN TRADING HOME DECOR, RANCHO CUCAMONGA
HUELL HOUSER PBS
BARNEY'S BEANERY, BEVERLY HILLS
BORDER BOOKS, MIRA LOMA
CHINATOWN LOS ANGELES
UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS
CLUB 470 LOS ANGELES
SHOOTER JENNINGS MUSIC VIDEO HOLLYWOOD
HIGH SCHOOL, HOLLYWOOD
JOY ASBURY PRODUCTIONS IBM
PARACLETE HIGH SCHOOL, LANCASTER
TEAM HELPRIN PRODUCTIONS
VILLAGE RECRODING STUDIOS
FILM PRODUCTION RENTALS
There are only about 5 of these restored Searchlight Units
in the USA, and our unit is the most complete, only fully functional, accurate
restoration that we know of in the world. Our light can
be positioned and directed as it could in W.W. II by remote control .
If you need more lights, we may be able to arrange to get the other
restored units to your location. We also have access to non working
prop Military Searchlights that can be used for special effects, bullet
hits, etc. Our light can also be used for special lighting effects
as it was used in the music video
At The Wheel" with Shooter Jennings.
OUR SEARCHLIGHT'S HISTORY
The Searchlights of World War II were
a universal feature of defense used by all participants in the conflict,
and in use specifically in Normandy by the "Skylighters" of the 225th AAA
Searchlight Battalion. Today, the beam symbolizes rays of hope, and
future peace after the war's destruction.
Our General Electric Model 1942-A
Searchlight was used to guard the California coast against night air attacks
during W.W. II. After the war, the light spent many years at China
Lake Navel Reserve in Ridgecrest California before it was sold in the early
60's to a Searchlight advertising company in Bakersfield California. There,
the light was used as a spare parts machine for other military searchlights
that had already been converted for commercial advertising use.
In October of 2001 the light was
moved to Santa Clarita where it was restored as a tribute to
men, and women who bravely served, fought, and gave their lives for our
freedom in World War II. It will be used to help
promote military's living history, and the rememberance of our veterans,
as well as keeping
the "American Tradition" of using W.W.II
Carbon Arc Searchlights for advertising alive in Los Angeles, and the rest
of the United States.
After over a year of restoration,
our lights first duty was on September 11, 2002, at a special event tribute
to the many brave Police, and Firemen who lost their lives helping to save
others in the 911 attack in New York.
To learn more about our Historical Light, click.....HERE
Our light made history, seen on NBC TV News on April
Our light on Huell Howser's "California's Gold" KCET
February 25th, 2004 click... HERE
To See the actual show, click.... HERE
Our light used in Shooter Jennings music video "Steady
at the Wheel" click... HERE
Our light was featured in a History Channel "UFO Files"
episode "UFO's and the White House".
Our light was featured in the end of the year Chevy
New Years Red Tag Sale, click HERE
On April 13th of 2007, our light was featured on a
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
Download and see the segment HERE
On June 12th, our light was featured on the History
Channel Program "UNIVERSE"
The End of the Earth: Deep Space Threats to Our Planet
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
When it comes to attracting
people to your event, SIZE DOES MATTER!
Don't be fooled by those little
multi-beam lights that have four beams. They are not searchlights,
and are not very bright at all. They are just spotlights, and we
do not have them.
is a little history....... Before W.W.II, Movie Studios would set
up their studio spotlights used for filming movies, in front of movie theatres
to attract attention when they would premier a new movie.
After W.W. II, the giant military
searchlight, with it's larger, brighter beam, became available, and
was found to be more spectacular, and effective in attracting people. 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 for decades.
the years passed, because of the high cost of operating, and maintaining
these giant aging W.W. II Searchlights, which also required an operator,
many advertising companies converted their fleet of W.W. II Searchlights
back to these little compact spotlights. These are the little multibeam
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 Searchlights,
and they don't require an operator, they just drop them off at your location.
These little spotlights just did not show the results the big searchlights
did in attracting people, and as a result of the poor performance of multibeam
lights, searchlights are not used as often as they had been 20 years ago.
Many promoters think the multi-beams are the same as the big lights, and
do not know that SIZE DOES MATTER!
advertisers promote these multi-beam lights as a replacement for the real
thing, but they are not even close. Compaired 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 customers from very far away like the BIG searchlights
when you need the power to attract large numbers of people from miles away
to your event, these little lights just don't have the candle 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 $350 for a night, and
a Multi Beam company charged $600 for the same location!
beam company might tell you their light is better because their unit has
4 lights, but what good are they if they 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. Call us first, and see what we
can do for you.
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.
on terrain, and weather conditions, our light beam at times can be seen
for well over 35 to 50 miles.
At Santa Paula it was seen from
the I-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.
here to see a comparison of the little multi-beam light with our BIG Carbon
Need more for a really BIG Special Event?
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They are nationwide event planner based in Texas,
that can provide Wild Six Story Tall Multi-Media Stratosphere Projection
Domes for Giant Screen Video projection,
Laser Light Shows for Special events and much more!
We Will Never Forget
America: Land of the Free BECAUSE of the Brave!
Copyright © 2003 Bob Meza