Pole lights are special structures designed to support single or multiple luminaire configurations. The pole light must be sufficiently strong to withstand the physical forces that affect the structure, while being esthetic and with a pleasing appearance.
The light pole must hold the luminaire weight and at the same time resist the force of wind and ice. Since there is a large variety of pole shapes, heights, sizes and luminaires number, it is very important to complete an engineering analysis prior to the light pole installation. Obviously, the engineering analysis will have to take into account the known data and combine it with the estimations of the unknown data, like the power of strong winds. It is usually advisable to select a pole with ample capacity.
Common materials used to construct pole lights include steel, aluminum and fiberglass, with steel being the most common due to its strength and affordability. In some cases concrete, cast iron and wood may also be used. While the most common pole shapes are round or square in cross-section, fluted and other ornamental cross-sections are also available.
The next step is to determine the fixture mounting height. This is the distance at which the luminaire is mounted above the base of the pole shaft. When poles are mounted above grade (for example locations on top of parking decks or on a bridge) the height above grade must also be determined. The height above grade is the distance from the pole base to the surrounding terrain. The height above grade is important since the wind velocity increases with elevation.
In many cases light poles need to support more than general purpose area lighting. Sometimes the poles are used to support special task lighting such as building and sign illumination, or auxiliary equipment such as cameras, banners, signs, pennants, speakers, or holiday decorations. This auxiliary equipment must be taken in consideration while making the necessary calculations. If signs, banners, pennants or holiday decorations are to be installed on a pole, area, size, weight and location must be noted.
If the pole light is located on flat and open terrain, winds can cause strong vibrations that may require special attention. In areas such as foothills or mountain passes, where hills and local topography may create a funnel affect, wind speed values may need to be increased above the values shown on common wind maps.
Whatever your pole light installation needs and location, AG National is your one-stop pole light setting, digging and installation contractor. We install all types of pole lights, from wood to concrete, up to 100+ feet tall. We are able to drill down to 35 feet, with bits ranging from 10 to 46 inches in diameter.
After setting the pole light we utilize an air compactor to assure it stays firm. The head is mounted after setting the pole light to make sure it is level and straight. We then complete the electrical wiring down the pole, so you won't need to hire a separate electrical contractor for the job. Our team will also complete the underground digging in order to install conduit between pole lights.
AG National is your best choice for simple, cost-effective, complete-service pole light installation and maintenance. We will do the entire job for you, saving you time and money. Our experienced people will off-load the poles from the shipping company, shake them out, drill and set the poles in place, build the heads, mount the luminaires and complete the electrical wiring down the pole light.
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