What You Must Know Before You Install LED Pole Lights!
A lot of users including industrial or commercial know what to look for in a high-quality LED pole lights, but don’t know what other things are also of great importance. For example, how to install the LED pole lights so that a street or parking lot can be appropriately illuminated or will it be worth if these lights are installed in areas that need environmental study prior to installation. Remember that your choice of LED pole lights always will depend on your area of application.
As you keep on reading this blog further, your understanding of what all to keep in mind before you install LED pole lights will get clearer.
LED Pole Lights -- Should You Be Installing In An Area Completely Unexplored?
Let’s say, a new parking lot is newly constructed and you have been assigned the responsibility of installing the LED pole lights. One of the first things that must come into your mind then is -- if the area around this parking lot needs any environment study. When it’s existing poles with traditional fixtures such as metal-halides or sodium-potassium lamps, all you will need to do is check the status of poles and fixtures in terms of durability and longevity and then retrofit with LED pole lights. But, if it’s a new project, you will need to consider the following.
Check with the area municipality regarding the environmental rules and regulations and if you are going to violate any of those. Also, are you abiding by the laws of IES when you need to install type III kind of light source for parking lots?
Check for the total amount of lux required for the parking lot. The municipality should be able to provide you with the acceptable level of lux where lux is a unit of measurement of light source’s brightness from a certain distance. For e.g. the total lux requirement for any sports stadium is 200 lux-700 lux.
Check what kind of poles would be most suitable for the area depending on weather conditions or any other as in -- the pole material (steel, aluminium or composite), the shape of pole (round, square or tapered), the height of pole (when the ratio between height of pole and width of illumination area must be less than 2.75) etc.
Once you have correctly understood your application area, you will then get to know what kind of LED pole lights will exactly fit your requirement such as the following.
LED Pole Lights -- What Kind Would Fit The Application Area Most?
- The wattage of LED pole lights. As mentioned earlier, if it’s an existing pole and fixture, all you need to do is look for an equivalent wattage. LED pole lights starting from 55W to 600W can easily replace metal-halides up to 1000W and can save a significant amount of energy.
- The Voltage requirement of the area. Is there a need for low voltage specific LED pole lights or high voltage?
- The color temperature in LED pole lights which will be suitable for the area/parking lot. LED pole lights can come in CCTs of 3000K, 4000K, 5700K. Do you really need the ones with as high CCT as 5700K (daywhite light) or the ones with 3000K (warm white light) that will create a warm and cozy ambiance in the area?
- Other changes the residents of an area would like to see. Do they also need less glare in the lights? Do they want the parking to be managed through the same lights, now that everything can be managed through the use of light controllers or sensors?
Once you have purchased the right kind of LED pole lights, you must think about the ways in which you must install the LED pole lights. The most common mounting styles for pole mounting are slipfitter or adjustable, direct, yoke and Universal mounting. You must follow the manufacturer’s guide for installation. The bottom line -- careful choices will make your project smooth, up and running for a really long, long time.