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Pole Maintenance and Inspection

Regular light pole maintenance and inspection is extremely important. Quarterly to biannual inspections are recommended for both the light pole and luminaire to maintain safety, longevity, and aesthetics. While there are many aesthetic features to be discovered during these inspections, the list below focuses on items where safety is a concern.

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Light pole maintenance and inspection should consist of — but not be limited to — the following:

Pole Shaft

Visually inspect pole shaft for areas of rust, corrosion, and any dents or signs that the structural integrity has been compromised.

Brackets and Arms

Visually inspect brackets, arms, luminaires, and welds to ensure there is no metal fatigue.

Handhole, Base, and Nut Covers

Ensure covers are securely attached.

Anchor Bolts

Ensure all anchor bolt nuts are in place and securely tightened.


Inspect for signs of vibration, which include:

  • Noise or humming in the pole
  • Visual movement of the luminaire and/or pole
  • Loosening of attachments
  • Rust just above the weld at the base of the pole

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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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