Solar powered street lights are often found lighting roadways, pathways, and parking lots. You’ll find them on commercial, federal, and municipal facilities. If you are proposing solar lighting for your project, you’ll need to consider the pole. The pole shape, type, and material make a difference.
Lighting poles suitable for solar lighting systems are available in various materials. They include concrete, wood, fiberglass, steel, and aluminum. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages. Aluminum has become one of the most popular choices for industrial and commercial solar street lights. This is especially true for direct burial applications.
Where possible, we recommend round tapered, direct burial, aluminum poles. You will find they are gaining popularity for both conventional and commercial solar street lights.
Interested in learning why? Here are some of the reasons. This post discusses these poles and their advantages.
Top 10 Reasons to Choose Direct Burial Aluminum Poles for Your Commercial and Industrial Solar Street Lights
Aluminum light poles are available in different configurations. Examples are anchor base, break-away, and direct burial. Direct burial aluminum poles have been in service for almost 60 years. They save both time and money.
Fast and Easy Installation
Direct burial poles don’t need a foundation, so there is no concrete to pour and no waiting for it to set. You’ll also avoid delays in getting anchor bolts and templates to the site. Because they are so light, placing the poles is quick and easy too.
Because there is not footing required, you’ll save money on concrete. You’ll also avoid a foundation design and the PE stamp. You could save from $300-$1000, depending on the application. If you’re transporting the poles, the light weight will mean lower shipping costs. Finally, saving time on installation will translate to cost savings. Time is money.
Aluminum forms a protective layer of aluminum oxide that guards against corrosion. Weather resistant (TGIC) thermoset powders add an extra layer of protection.
Direct burial takes concrete out of the picture. And there’s no chance of uneven base covers where bolt projections don’t lineup.
Eliminates Foundation Issues
Variables in mixing, pouring, and setting concrete, can cause problems. You may experience flaking and pre-mature failure as a result. When you direct bury poles, you get rid of these opportunities for error.
Reduced Chance of Pole Failure
Direct burial aluminum poles are less susceptible to failure than their anchor-base counterparts. There is no base plate weld and the ground supporting the shaft acts as a dampener against vibration.
High EPA Values
Eliminating the base plate weld also makes the pole stronger. Direct burial aluminum poles support higher EPA values than anchor base designs. The poles are 18-20% stronger and sometimes allow reductions of up to one wall size. This is especially important for industrial solar street lights.
Aluminum light poles offer a long lifespan of 50 years, which makes them cost-effective.
Commercial solar street lights need to be accurately sized. Aluminum allows for a great deal of flexibility in wall thickness, taper rate, and diameter. This means you get the right fit for your project.
Aluminum has a plentiful supply, a long life and it’s 100% recyclable.
Of course, a perfect lighting project needs more than a perfect pole. It’s important to choose the best solar-powered street lights for your application. To find the right choice, contact Fonroche Lighting America. Our solar lighting experts have a wealth of experience. Whether you want to light a roadway, parking lot or park, we’ll provide a complete solar street lighting analysis. It will include an energy analysis and photometry to meet your CIE or IESNA lighting requirements.