Taking the “Less is More” Approach: Light Pole Bases

Taking the “Less is More” Approach: Light Pole Bases

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Decorative streetlight poles are fantastic in elevating the aesthetic of your community while keeping the community safe. However, many outdoor elements, such as rain, snow, pet urine, and ice-melting agents, can cause the base of the light pole to rust or corrode, needing frequent replacement to maintain safety and aesthetics. The traditional steel, cast iron, or aluminum parts are heavy and need heavy machinery to remove and replace the old parts with new ones. 

Lightweight bases are designed to be easily moved or relocated as needed. This flexibility is particularly beneficial at the time of installation of the base, or when bases need to be removed for the maintenance of the pole. Lightweight bases made from sustainable materials result in a smaller carbon footprint. Additionally, their lighter weight reduces fuel consumption and emissions during transportation.

Benefits of Lightweight Light Pole Bases

According to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, lightweight materials consume less energy to transport and increase vehicle efficiency; a 10% reduction in vehicle weight can result in a 6-8% fuel economy improvement. TerraCast® resin bases are about 63% lighter than aluminum parts, which means they have the potential to improve fuel economy by up to 50%. 

TerraCast® resin light pole bases can help eliminate additional costs in shipping, material handling, and installations because they do not require heavy equipment. They are safer, easier, and quicker to put in place, and most of all, more cost-efficient. Here are a few benefits of TerraCast® resin light pole bases:

  • Reduced Shipping Costs 
  • Reduced Handling Costs 
  • Reduced Installation Costs 
  • Reduced Installation Time 
  • Reduced Labor Costs 
  • Reduced Carbon Footprint 
  • Reduced Time for Road Closures 

There are many advantages to selecting lightweight products over traditional materials. Taking the “less is more” approach in selecting products for outdoor settings can gain more value, both short-term and long-term. In addition to reducing shipping, handling, and installation costs, TerraCast® resin bases also offer material benefits over steel, aluminum, and concrete. The TerraCast® LLDPE resin will never rust or corrode and has an incredibly long life cycle; it will maintain the aesthetics for years in challenging outdoor applications. 

Benefits of Resin Material 

Resin is known for its exceptional durability and long lifespan. It is resistant to impact, weathering, and corrosion, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Resin products can withstand harsh conditions and maintain their integrity over time. Additionally, resin products can be molded into various shapes and forms, allowing for a wide range of applications. It is commonly used in furniture, flooring, countertops, jewelry, and decorative objects. 

Resin can be tinted or colored, providing endless design possibilities. It has excellent structural strength, making it ideal for load-bearing applications such as light pole bases, small-cell concealments, planters, and more. Moreover, resin products are generally easy to clean and maintain. They are non-porous, which means they are less prone to stains and are resistant to moisture. Here are a few benefits of products made from resin:

  • Increased Product Life 
  • Increased Performance 
  • Increased Chemical Resistance 
  • Increased Sustainability 
  • Reduced Maintenance Costs 
  • Reduced Replacement Needs 
  • Reduced Theft 
  • Reduced Vandalism 
  • Made in the USA 

TerraCast® Products Are Helping Cities Become More Sustainable

TerraCast® products are made from up to 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials, enabling businesses and commercial establishments to reduce their carbon footprint by a significant margin. TerraCast® light poles and light pole bases can not only illuminate outdoor landscapes but also reduce the overall maintenance cost in the long run. Due to being lightweight, they are easier to transfer and install, making them an optimal solution for cities that are taking a sustainable approach to their development. For more information on TerraCast® products, speak with a member of our amazing team today!