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Sad to see these old OV-15's go with a residential street lighting upgrade but Its great to see Evolves being used here instead of different ugly waffles. A couple of first gen Evolves were installed a few years ago in various places but very small numbers of them. The performance upgrades for the second gen must have been good enough that the city decided to use them for streetlight replacements.

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Apr 17, 2019 at 06:23 PM Author: streetlight98
Hmm I wonder why they're not just replacing the heads. Were there wiring faults you were aware of? Not a ton of underground wired street lights here except in urban areas or newer developments, neither of which really see full-scale upgrades. The developments are all 80s or newer so those installations are still young. They just spot replace failing poles. The freeway lighting in RI had band-aids on top of band-aids though. The condition of the wiring must be atrocious because there's always sections of lights out at any given time. No fix seems to last.

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Apr 17, 2019 at 06:31 PM Author: joseph_125
Yeah kinda weird that they're replacing all of the poles like this. Especially since they're not changing the height and spacing to one that's more optimal for LED luminaires. In my part of the GTA they only spot replace poles unless the road is undergoing major reconstruction, then they'll replace all the poles.
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Apr 17, 2019 at 07:49 PM Author: Ugly1
I wonder if the poles are being replaced for the same reason as in New York City. During the mercury relighting program that started in 1959, the City standardized on 25 foot steel poles in Manhattan with existing 20 foot steel poles reused in the other boroughs. All cast iron poles were removed. A new aluminum pole was designed by Donald Deskey. These poles were installed between 1959 to about 1982. I thought there might be a serious problem when the poles installed in 1982 had a stainless steel band installed around the arm at the top. This apparently was an attempt to reinforce the arm. About seven years ago I found out that there was an emergency program that replaced almost all of the “Deskey” poles. I saw a crew replacing a pole and they told me that an arm had fallen suddenly and crashed into a car. An examination of many poles found severe metal fatigue on the arm.
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Apr 17, 2019 at 07:54 PM Author: Ugly1
There are photos of the Deskey poles on the web.
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Apr 17, 2019 at 07:59 PM Author: Model25FanForever
Theres another road off of the road I was on in the picture with the same old browning aging pole setup with many OVX's, some OV-15's, and one Model 25 that are slated for the same treatment sometime this year according to the city construction site. Many of these poles are leaning out over the road. Almost every time they do streetlight upgrades here they remove all the existing hardware no matter how old it seems to be. That pole behind the OV-15 is only half a year old and they are replacing it too. They've been very consistent with the poles and arms over the past few years depending on the size of the road, cobras and LED luminaries not so much. Also I don't think my city installs any of the short tapered e-arms anymore both city, and regionally. Around the city many short arms have gotten replaced by arms the same size of the ones here in the pic with the GE's. This other street slated for the same treatment this year had some arm and pole replacements in the last couple of years too.
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Apr 17, 2019 at 08:09 PM Author: Model25FanForever
@Ugly1, Yeah some of them are really falling apart though. Just in January this OV-15 broke off the pole at the top and was lying on the road. It didn't look like it was hit by a vehicle either. They've since added a new pole with a longer arm and FCO 125. Again though it will get replaced again this year since they are replacing the whole stretch of these sometime this year.
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Apr 17, 2019 at 08:15 PM Author: streetlight98
Direct bury poles seem to be prone to leaning over time. Anchor-base poles seem to remain plumb a lot better. And if they do fall out of plumb, leveling nuts can be used to straighten the pole out. I'm sure there are more important things they could be investing their money into but I guess kudos to them for staying on top of the lighting lol. Here we have many poles from the 50s, 60s, and 70s still standing fine. The anchor base aluminum poles never age other than getting darker over time. It's just the wiring goes bad (at least on the freeway lights). The underground lights in neighborhoods for the most part are intertwined with the wiring going to houses (there's not a separate lighting circuit off the transformer) so if the lights' wiring went bad, customers would be without power. So I've never really seen wiring faults there. But with the freeway lights they're everywhere.

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Apr 17, 2019 at 08:32 PM Author: Model25FanForever
Yeah what really weakens the hardware up here is the winters. The ground freezing and thawing many times and the elements I bet have been responsible for the poles leaning over time. Infrastructure gets replaced more often here then down where the winters aren't as harsh. These poles date back to sometime in the 70's , plus or minus 5 years maybe since the OV-15's are definitely the original fixtures.
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Jun 18, 2019 at 06:44 PM Author: Model25FanForever
UPDATE: The GE's are now live, and the all the old hardware and poles have come down. Sucks the OV-15's were replaced but these new GE's have a pretty good light distribution, and the anti glare is pretty average.
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