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Light Pole Repair & Replacement

Blaco Electric technician working on a light pole repair mission

As a highly experienced electrical engineering company, Blanco Electric LTD possess an extensive understanding of the technicalities of light pole repair and the necessary repair steps required to ensure the safety and functionality of these critical city assets.

This document describes our expertise in 4 specific aspects of light pole maintenance and repair.

1. Electrical system maintenance

Our team is proficient in the diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of various electrical components, including wiring systems, fuses, ballasts, and photocells. We understand that proper maintenance is essential for ensuring optimal functionality, energy efficiency, and the longevity of the entire lighting system.

We adhere to the latest industry standards and guidelines, such as the National Electrical Code (NEC), to ensure the highest quality of work and the safety of our technicians and the public.

Here are some details on our approach to the diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of various electrical components, including wiring systems, fuses, ballasts, and photocells.

A. Wiring Systems

Our team conducts a thorough inspection of the wiring systems within the light poles, checking for issues such as frayed or damaged wires, loose connections, and signs of corrosion or wear.

We use advanced diagnostic tools, such as insulation resistance testers and multimeters, to identify potential faults and evaluate the overall condition of the wiring.

When necessary, we replace damaged wiring with new, high-quality wires that meet or exceed industry standards and ensure secure connections to maintain optimal functionality and safety.

B. Fuses

Our technicians inspect and test the fuses in the lighting circuits, verifying their proper functioning and suitability for the system's requirements.

We replace any blown or damaged fuses with appropriate replacements that conform to the specifications outlined in the National Electrical Code (NEC) and other relevant guidelines.

Additionally, we ensure that the circuits are protected with the correct fuse types and ratings to prevent overloads or short circuits that could cause damage or pose safety risks.

C. Ballasts

Our team is skilled in diagnosing and repairing various types of ballasts used in high-pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide (MH), and fluorescent lighting systems. We inspect the ballasts for signs of wear or damage, such as leaking capacitors, burnt components, or faulty connections.

Using specialized testing equipment, we assess the performance of the ballasts and determine whether repair or replacement is necessary. If a ballast needs to be replaced, we source high-quality, energy-efficient alternatives that are compatible with the existing luminaires and comply with all applicable industry standards.

D. Photocells

We perform a thorough evaluation of the photocells used to control the on/off cycles of the lighting systems. Our technicians assess the sensitivity and response time of the photocells to ensure they are functioning correctly and efficiently.

If a photocell is found to be faulty or nearing the end of its service life, we replace it with a high-quality, reliable alternative that is compatible with the existing system. Additionally, we ensure that the photocells are correctly calibrated and positioned to optimize their performance and energy efficiency.

2. Luminaire repair and replacement

Our expertise in luminaire repair and replacement extends to a wide range of lighting technologies, such as high-pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide (MH), induction, and energy-efficient LED lighting.

We are skilled in troubleshooting common issues like flickering, dimming, and complete loss of light, and are capable of repairing or replacing any damaged components, such as ballasts, capacitors, ignitors, and LEDs. We can also assist in selecting the most suitable luminaires for the specific needs of the city, taking into account factors like energy efficiency, light output, and color rendering.

Here are some additional details on our approach to the repair and replacement of various types of luminaires, including high-pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide (MH), induction, and energy-efficient LED lighting systems.

A. Luminaire Inspection and Diagnosis

Our team conducts a thorough inspection and diagnosis of the luminaires, assessing their overall condition and identifying any signs of wear or damage, such as cracked lenses, damaged reflectors, or burnt components.

We use advanced diagnostic tools and techniques, including visual inspections, electrical testing, and thermal imaging, to pinpoint issues that may affect the performance, energy efficiency, or safety of the luminaires.

B. Component-Level Repair

When possible, our technicians perform component-level repairs to address specific issues identified during the inspection and diagnosis phase. This may involve replacing damaged capacitors, ignitors, or LEDs, as well as repairing or replacing faulty wiring connections.

Blanco Electric has in-depth knowledge in a wide range of lighting technologies and components, ensuring that all repairs are completed in compliance with industry standards and best practices.

C. Luminaire Replacement

If a luminaire cannot be repaired or is deemed uneconomical to fix, our team recommends a suitable replacement that matches or exceeds the performance, energy efficiency, and longevity of the original unit.

We consider factors such as light output, color rendering, and energy consumption when selecting the most appropriate replacement luminaire. Our technicians safely remove the damaged unit and install the new luminaire, ensuring proper alignment, secure connections, and compliance with all relevant regulations and guidelines.

D. Upgrades and Retrofitting

When appropriate, we also evaluate the potential for upgrading or retrofitting existing luminaires to improve their performance and energy efficiency. This may involve replacing older, less efficient lighting technologies, such as HPS or MH, with more advanced LED lighting systems.

Our team is knowledgeable about the latest advancements in lighting technology and can provide expert guidance on selecting the most suitable upgrades or retrofits to meet the city's specific needs and goals.

E. Preventative Maintenance and Monitoring

To maximize the service life and performance of the luminaires, our team implements a preventative maintenance program that includes regular inspections, cleaning, and component testing.

We also monitor the performance of the lighting systems, identifying and addressing any potential issues before they lead to more significant problems or failures. This proactive approach will ensure that the City of Houston's lighting infrastructure remains reliable, efficient, and safe for its constituents.

3. Structural light pole repair

We are experienced in identifying and addressing various issues related to the structural integrity of light poles, including cracks, bends, and deteriorated anchor bolts.

Our team is trained in advanced repair techniques, such as cold straightening, welding, and sleeving, which allow us to restore the poles to their original condition or even improve their structural performance.

Blanco Electric also ensures that all structural repairs comply with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) standards and other relevant guidelines.

4. Pole replacement

Our knowledge of pole replacement extends to the various types and designs of light poles, such as steel, aluminum, and fiberglass poles, as well as direct burial, anchor base, and breakaway configurations.

We also consider factors like wind loading, soil conditions, and local environmental factors when selecting and installing new poles to ensure their long-term stability and performance.

Blanco Electric is proficient in the safe and efficient removal of damaged or end-of-life poles and the installation of new poles that meet or exceed the original design and material specifications. As an electrical contractor, we made a specialty of light pole repair and replacement: if your business, school, or public facility has any light pole in a state of disrepair or potentially needing replacement, call us for an evaluation and a quote.

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