How Culture is Transforming Manufacturing

Gallup reports that overall, 36% of employed Americans(1) are engaged by their work, while only 25% of manufacturing workers are engaged.(2) That makes manufacturing the least engaged job classification in the U.S. And with that lack of focus and interest…


Explaining UL-Listed Light Poles

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent research organization that uses exacting scientific processes to help companies create safer, more sustainable products that comply with city regulations. UL’s services include testing, inspection and certification, training and risk management. If you see…


How the Steel Market is Impacting Light Pole Orders

What’s Happening in the Steel Market? When COVID-19 caused America to shut down in early 2020, the demand for steel products decreased. Then, from March to August of 2020, demand remained relatively stable. As local markets across the U.S. have…


Enhancing Aesthetics with Base Covers

Considering steel light poles for your next project? They’re a great option when you need a sturdy pole that can support fixtures, banners, brackets, and other accessories. But their ugly anchor bolts can interfere with your pole’s aesthetic. Luckily, base…


The Choice Between Powder Coat and Anodized Finish Have You Spinning?

Recently, a partner asked if we would apply an anodized finish to aluminum light poles that will be installed in Hawaii. We responded that, while anodized coatings offer some protection, we believe powder coat finishes are far superior. Here’s why:…


Keeping Your Aluminum Poles Blemish-Free

What should you do if you find stains and scratches on your aluminum pole? Let’s break down the common causes and their solutions. The Causes Many elements can cause stains on an aluminum pole, including natural debris (like dirt and…


Considering LED Lights? Inspect Your Poles First

There are many benefits to LED lights, like longer service life and greater efficiency. (Want to learn more? Read our post on the environmental benefits of LEDs.) But before you make the decision to retrofit your lighting, you should understand…


The Shipping Process: What You Should Know

Light poles are large, awkward objects to ship. And some carriers don’t move poles very often. These truths can lead to damage and complications. Luckily, the team at United Lighting Standards has perfected the process of packing, shipping and coordinating…


How to Avoid Mismatched Color Finishes

When pulling together a lighting job, making sure your customers are getting fixtures and poles that look like they are meant to go together might just keep you up at night. Color matching in the lighting industry is no small…


Achieving Perfection: How We Prevent Welding Defects

To some, perfection is hitting all green lights on your way to work or finding the grocery cart without the squeaky wheel. But to the team at United Lighting Standards, perfection means making sure our customers get the quality lighting…

About Us

United Lighting Standards has been committed to designing, fabricating, finishing, and packaging high-quality steel and aluminum poles since 1971. We adhere to standards set forth by AASHTO, ASTM International, and NEMA. All of our products are built using fabricating and welding procedures outlined in the American Welding Society (AWS) manual for steel and aluminum to eliminate welding defects and ensure structural integrity.

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