One of the most common questions we come across at VeeLite is what type of Lighting Poles should be used on a project? There are a number of things to consider when choosing a pole – first of all you must take into account the size and weight of the luminaire and bracket you’ll be using. Poles must be strong enough to support their weight. Once you you’ve selected your bracket and luminaire you will then need to decide how they’ll be mounted to the lighting poles.
A number of other elements to think through include wind speeds, the location of the control gear, local soil conditions and if planning permission from the local authority is needed. But don’t panic! If this is beginning to sound like a hassle – just pick up the phone and give us a call; we can advise you on the best options, given the requirement and the environment.
In the meantime, to learn more on pole types and installation best practice, keep reading……
Lighting Pole Types
VeeLite stock a wide variety of Lighting Poles to suit any project. We can supply poles with different finishes, produced from both steel or stainless steel. Remember when you’re trying to decide on the suitability of the different pole types available and installation options for your project, VeeLite’s expert team can guide you through the process.
Our Steel Poles, come galvanised (with a grey and mottled white finish) as standard providing outstanding protection. It’s no problem for us to add an additional layer of protection in more high risk areas such as coast lines. If you require a more attractive stainless steel finish VeeLite can supply you with either our polished or brushed finish poles.
If you’re on the look-out for a more contemporary design we have some unique options available – please don’t hesitate to ask.
Finding the most suitable Lighting Pole takes careful planning and VeeLite’s expertise in this area will be able to guide you through the process. One very important factor affecting suitability is making sure the pole can support the weight of the load it is carrying. This is particularly important in exposed or windy places. Poles situated along marine areas or above ground level, on building rooftops for example, would need specialist treatment to give that additional strength required.
Please let us know if you’re working with local authorities as very often specific requirements will apply. We can help you to ensure there is full compliance in this regard.
Rooted – v – Flanged
The most common method of installation is Rooted whereby a 10m Lighting Pole will have an additional 2m at the base that is inserted into the ground. We make sure the extra 2m section is coated in a highly protective layer to avoid any corrosion and add that extra durability.
An alternative approach is Flanged where the pole has a flange added to the base. This is then bolted to the ground once the correct ground pressure has been identified and an appropriate foundation is ready.
VeeLite can provide guidelines on the above installations however an onsite structural engineer is necessary to decide on the final foundation details.
Interested in more information? VeeLite has played a central part in successfully delivering on a number of high profile projects and we are happy to share our knowledge with you.