Installing a light pole is tricky, and the service and maintenance needs to be done by an expert who has experience of how to ensure high end efficiency without any errors. Just like any other lighting fixture or electrical machinery, light pole installation is a task which requires work by skilled professionals who have sound knowledge on how to install the pole structure, different parts and associated fixtures. While some may try to do the job themselves, it is best to leave it to the professionals. You can also ask them for advice about the best material to use, and the other essentials which are important for setting up a light pole in the right way.
There is a large variety of materials used for light poles. The most common materials used are steel, fiberglass, and aluminum. While steel is the choice of many due to its ability to withstand all kinds of external factors, some other materials used for the job include wood, cast iron and concrete.
The light poles may be of different shapes, sizes and heights, and the final product and the material used depends upon the number of luminaires attached at the head of the pole. There are a number of factors which determine the selection of a pole. That is why it is advisable to ask the advice of a specialist who has sufficient knowledge to help you make the right choice when it comes to pole selection for the job.
Once the design and shape of the light pole has been decided, your service company will also take a number of other relevant factors into account, which will ensure that the light pole survives the environmental factors and application processes.
These factors include,
Mounting Height of the Pole Fixture
This is actually the total distance of the luminaire lights from the base of the pole. When you mount the light poles above the grade, it is important to also determine the height that is above the grade. This is the distance between the surrounding terrain and the base of the pole.
The height which is calculated above the terrain is relative, and very important, because the velocity of the wind has been found to increase in elevated areas. This is why expert help is essential for mounting a light pole in an elevated place.
Selection of Luminary and Configuration
After the luminaire has been selected, it is important to make a note of the weight, APA, catalog logic, as well as the distance from the pole central line to the exact central spot of the luminaire. When you use it, make sure that the weight and the EPA of the mounting brackets are also taken into account. An expert will know how.
Special Loading Requirements and Auxiliary Equipment
There are certain important things one needs to take into account while setting up a light pole. Along with general purpose lighting, the light poles also need to support some special task lighting. This includes any cameras, banners, sign illumination, or speakers. It is important that the light pole is able to bear the weight of all this auxiliary equipment.
Determination of Wind Speed
It is essential to determine the actual wind speed before mounting the pole. You need the help of technical experts to know the right wind loading conditions important for the application process.
The polyester powder paint is considered ideal for most environments due to their high endurance and great color retention traits. But if the poles are mounted near coastal areas, then you might need special coatings and finishes.
Ask an expert to get the job done and ensure efficient installation all the way.