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How to specify the distance between light poles

distance between light poles

The distance between light poles is specified based on several factors including the height and wattage of the fixtures, the width of the street or area being illuminated, and the desired level of illumination. Typically, light poles are spaced between 50 and 200 feet apart. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommends a minimum of 40 feet and a maximum of 60 feet between light poles for roads with a speed limit of 25 miles per hour or less, and a maximum of 150 feet between light poles for roads with a speed limit of 50 miles per hour or more. However, this can vary depending on the specific needs of the area being illuminated.

When specifying the distance between light poles, several factors need to be considered:

1. Illumination Requirements: Determine the desired level of illumination for the area to be illuminated. This can vary based on the purpose of the lighting, such as street lighting, parking lot lighting, or pedestrian walkways.

2. Light Fixture Specifications: Consider the mounting height and beam spread of the light fixtures you intend to use. These specifications will determine the coverage area of each fixture and help determine the spacing between poles.

3. Environmental Factors: Take into account factors such as surrounding buildings or structures, trees, and other obstructions that could impact the distribution of light. The presence of natural or artificial lighting sources in the area should also be considered.

4. Safety Considerations: Ensure that the light poles are spaced in a way that provides adequate visibility and safety for pedestrians, drivers, or users of the area being illuminated. Compliance with local regulations and standards is essential.

5. Aesthetic Considerations: Balancing functionality with aesthetics is important. Plan the spacing of light poles to achieve a visually pleasing and uniform arrangement.

It is recommended to work with lighting designers, architects, or engineers familiar with lighting design to determine the appropriate pole spacing for your specific project requirements and conditions. They can conduct lighting calculations, simulations, and provide professional guidance to ensure optimal results.

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