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The Problems With Mounting Security Cameras On Light Poles

Mounting Security Cameras on lighting poles, parking lot poles or other poles, has been a major problem for years with both manufacturers and installers. Proper Security Camera Poles are designed for hanging all types of security cameras and devices, but most light poles are not. In fact, in most cities and environments, CCTV Equipment or any other devices are not permitted on the following street and area lighting poles:

Decorative poles shorter than 25 feet

Square aluminum poles of any size

Wooden laminated poles of any size

Fiberglass poles of any size

Even more importantly there are numerous other restrictions imposed by the EPA, ASSHTO, ASTM, and more. There are so many obstacles and stipulations, it just seems outrageous to try mounting your Security Cameras on just any pole. The poles sway, vibrate and bend, causing extremely shaky video. Also, many times the Security Camera is not as secure as it should be.

You also have the issue of drilling into a pole and trying to run your power and data lines in some sort of safe and orderly fashion. You certainly don't want your Security Camera near any of these lighting poles high voltage output. This causes numerous problems to your video as well. Straps and buckles are required, and must be able to pass numerous city codes and inspections. There are minimum clearance and ground clearance regulations also.

You must leave room for utility crew access. Cameras must be mounted on a certain side of the pole. A minimum of two stainless steel straps must be used to secure the camera to the pole, and code regulates the minimum width, thickness and strength of said straps and buckles.

Heavy PTZ cameras and large cable access holes can compromise the strength of light poles. Often if you do purchase a light pole for security use, you must take it to a local welding shop and have modifications made in order for it to work well for supporting your Security Camera. Welding will weaken the original strength of the pole. The best option is to simply purchase a Security Camera Pole for your clients and projects.

Strong Poles www.strongpoles.com 1-844-NO-WELDS

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Drilling into a light pole can be a very risky task. Often times there is no good way to determine what has been done to the pole in the past, what wiring or conduits have been installed inside, or to determine how much rust and corrosion exist. Even gaining access to the proper height is sometimes a chore in itself. Light poles were simply not designed for security applications.

Many electrical technicians that do this job daily have suffered work-related accidents, injuries and illnesses after contact with electrical power. Before even touching a pole that might be an electrical hazard, test the object with a voltage tester. Never drill blindly.

In aerial and overhead work, if your equipment comes into contact with an energized power line, the electric current will flow to the ground. When this occurs, you should be in an aerial bucket that is built and rated to be isolated from grounding.

Moisture-laden vines or branches on poles that cross power lines can create electrical risks as well. Any protruding box can represent another hazard for climbing the pole. Improper or eroded grounding is another great danger.

Coaxial cable, fibre optic cable, transformers and street lights can also become hazards when drilling into a light pole and trying to mount a Security Camera. Today, utility poles may hold much more than the uninsulated copper wire that they originally supported. Steel utility poles are becoming more prevalent in the US thanks to improvements in engineering and corrosion prevention coupled with lowered production costs. However, premature failure due to corrosion is still a great concern.

We have a much, much better solution. Purchase a Security Camera Pole specifically manufactured for the exact purpose of mounting a Security Camera. These poles are purpose-built, rated for the application, and are much more rigid in order to dampen any shake or sway normally found in lighting poles.

Come see our Strong Poles! We manufacture the strongest poles in the world.

Strong Poles
www.strongpoles.com
1-844-NO-WELDS

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