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How to budget for light poles?


When it comes to installing light poles, you will need to plan ahead, and make sure to stick to your budget. With the help of a professional light expert, you will be able to figure out exactly how many poles you will need to install for your project. Once you have the number of poles determined, the next step will be figuring out what material to use. As we mentioned earlier, aluminum tends to be more expensive than steel, and wooden poles require more work to weatherproof the wiring, so you will need to consider the cost required to install the type of pole you need for your project. In addition, if you have particularly high light poles, you should make room in your budget for the more costly lifts required for installation at the top.

What is involved in the installation process? According to many cost estimates, a budget for installation should include the costs for local materials, delivery to job site, labor and equipment charges to install the pole and in some cases minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small jobs. And don’t forget electrical is going to need to be run to pole which can mean trenching to install cable. Make sure you get with an experienced contractor to figure out your costs per pole and figure out if there are any restrictions as to the type of pole or locations for the poles for your application. Steel anchor mounted poles are the most common and cost effective in the long run, but make sure you cover all your bases when it comes to planning a pole install. Pole locations make a big effect on your light plan, so work with your contractor and lighting expert to get everything together and make sure you are happy with the final product.