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When commercial lighting poles become damaged and obsolete, any number of problems can quickly arise from a business, city government, school, or non-profit organization deliberately procrastinating their replacement. Once commercial light poles become weather-beaten, they begin to lose their finish and become an eyesore to the public. This diminishes an organization’s image, and it works toward a bad reputation for corporate branding. If lighting poles in commercial parking lots are faulty, and lighting levels are insufficient or inadequate, this creates safety hazards. Lighting regulations require 3-4 foot candles to be evenly distributed throughout every parking lot, regardless of the type of organization it services. Many business owners and facilities managers are unaware of this, and allow commercial light poles that burn intermittently fail to dwindle in capacity until they finally burn out.
If accidents or criminal mischief occurs in such an environment, the company could very well face a third party lawsuit for negligence. It could also face government fines for failure to comply with regulatory lighting codes. While investing in new commercial light poles may represent a steep price point that many organizations—especially educational, non-profits, and municipalities---initially fear to make in the midst of a recession, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages when you factor in the potential revenue loss of a workman’s compensation claim, or even worse, a lawsuit. Upgrading a facility’s commercial lighting poles helps improve security too because it more evenly distributes lighting and dispels shadows. This minimizes the opportunity for criminal invasion, vandalism, or violent attack.
Wind load capacitance is another critical factor to address when assessing the stability and viability of existing commercial lighting poles. Local governing codes mandate pole height and wind resistance minimums that directly relate to wind speeds in certain parts of the country. In the western states, for example, 100 mph winds frequently will turn dust and rocks into small projectiles that damage both poles and fixtures. Worn or damaged poles will automatically fail to meet with current regulatory codes, and the lamps they normally protect will in turn burn out. This compounds the problems of safety and security with the need for immediate fixture replacement. You can easily see how a single storm in one of these areas can end up costing your clients more than the purchase and installation of brand new commercial lighting poles.
New pole designs and manufacturing processes that are only available through standard and specification grade distributors like RLLD Commercial Lighting can speak to all of these needs with superior material builds, a variety of designs and pole heights, and special glass fixtures that protect minimum glare halide bulbs from heavy winds and particle impact. The efficiency of commercial lighting pole design has improved so much over the past few years that some contemporary models measuring only 25 feet in height can now 2500 square feet of height each when fitted with the proper lamps and reflectors. Other factors such as energy efficiency and lamp life also directly relate to the quality of commercial light poles. New improvements in wiring technology and fixture design help increase the longevity of lamps, and the diversity of lighting pole heights make it possible now to light more square feet with fewer poles and fixtures than before.
Showing your clients these facts and figures can help them understand that procurement of standard or specification grade commercial lighting poles carries with it certain intrinsic returns on investment. By reducing maintenance, replacements, power consumption, and liability, clients of site planners and general contractors can recover their funding through a number of revenue streams that flow back toward them from a newer, more improved-looking facility.