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I remembered seeing this near where I live. For whatever reason, the door on this high pressure sodium streetlight is missing. It still works though.

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Lamp Type:High Pressure Sodium
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Color Temperature:2200K
Color Rendering Index:22 CRI

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Aug 22, 2019 at 07:31 PM Author: streetlight98
High winds can make the pole vibrate enough for the door latch to disengage since this is a metal pole. If a car bumped the pole at a low speed that could do it as well. Being an aluminum pole, it would be virtually impossible to do that without leaving a dent where the impact was.

I've seen a pole with a 250W HPS M-250R2 get hit on the freeway live before my eyes (aluminum) and when the pole was hit, the door unlatched and completely fell off the fixture before the pole hit the ground. The glass lens shattered when it hit the grass shoulder but the door itself landed without a scratch! (I know because I came back at night to grab it. ) The fixture itself was completely destroyed though. The pole didn't look damaged but it sat on the side of the freeway until it eventually disappeared. There's still no replacement pole there. The pole was a utility company-owned 35ft aluminum anchor base with a 10ft truss arm. The poles here on the freeways are installed with breakaway couplings that shear upon impact, though some older poles don't have them. I've seen some aluminum poles shear a couple feet from the base before the breakaway couplings have a chance to shear!

Another possibility is the latch wasn't engaged properly when the fixture was installed.

Please check out my newly-updated website! McCann Lighting Company is where my street light collection is displayed in detail.

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Aug 23, 2019 at 05:20 AM Author: GE101R

High winds can make the pole vibrate enough for the door latch to disengage since this is a metal pole. If a car bumped the pole at a low speed that could do it as well. Being an aluminum pole, it would be virtually impossible to do that without leaving a dent where the impact was.

I've seen a pole with a 250W HPS M-250R2 get hit on the freeway live before my eyes (aluminum) and when the pole was hit, the door unlatched and completely fell off the fixture before the pole hit the ground. The glass lens shattered when it hit the grass shoulder but the door itself landed without a scratch! (I know because I came back at night to grab it. ) The fixture itself was completely destroyed though. The pole didn't look damaged but it sat on the side of the freeway until it eventually disappeared. There's still no replacement pole there. The pole was a utility company-owned 35ft aluminum anchor base with a 10ft truss arm. The poles here on the freeways are installed with breakaway couplings that shear upon impact, though some older poles don't have them. I've seen some aluminum poles shear a couple feet from the base before the breakaway couplings have a chance to shear!

Another possibility is the latch wasn't engaged properly when the fixture was installed.

Had one of the aluminum poles that had gotten knocked down by a vehicle. I "planted" it in the backyard just like a wood pole with no cement base. To my surprise it lasted over ten years and when I pulled it up there was not much corrosion except the very end. I did not think it would have lasted over 5 years. I did have to let the ground settle around it before I placed a fixture on the standard.
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Aug 23, 2019 at 06:00 AM Author: HomeBrewLamps
Missing and hanging doors isn't too terribly Uncommon around here.

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Aug 23, 2019 at 06:11 AM Author: lightinglover8902
Well you're not the only one who has streetlights that are broken or have missing doors. https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12246&pos=9&pid=163316 https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=3871&pos=335&pid=142611

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Aug 23, 2019 at 10:29 AM Author: streetlight98

Had one of the aluminum poles that had gotten knocked down by a vehicle. I "planted" it in the backyard just like a wood pole with no cement base. To my surprise it lasted over ten years and when I pulled it up there was not much corrosion except the very end. I did not think it would have lasted over 5 years. I did have to let the ground settle around it before I placed a fixture on the standard.



I love aluminum poles for that reason. They almost never age! The ones from the 50s here still look great, they just loose their shine over time and take on a darker color than nee poles.

Please check out my newly-updated website! McCann Lighting Company is where my street light collection is displayed in detail.

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