Finding the Best Street Light Poles for Your Project

Which Material Works Best? Aluminum is naturally more corrosion-resistant than steel. Thus, aluminum poles have the potential to wear better over time, costing less to maintain. However, aluminum isn’t the strongest material, which means those poles aren’t ideal for projects…


5 Common Light Pole Problems (and Their Solutions)

1. Uh oh, the bolt circle on the base plate of my new light pole doesn’t match the pattern of the existing anchor bolts in the concrete. That’s typically caused by:• Replacing poles on older properties, as base plate designs…


Anchor-Based vs. Embedded: What’s the Difference?

The choice between anchor-based and embedded installation for your light poles comes down to location, aesthetics, and budget. Here’s what you need to know. Anchor-Based Poles Anchor-based poles include a metal base plate welded to the shaft of the pole.…


A Guide to Our Options and Accessories

You may not think about it often, but a light pole is a great piece of real estate. To make the most of it, we offer a wide variety of options and accessories to meet the needs of your light…


How We Meet the 1933 Buy American Act

At General Structures, Inc., we rely on a network of excellent suppliers to support us in manufacturing our light poles. Most of them are located inside the U.S. — making it easy for our poles and brackets to meet the…


4 Tips for Improving Your Parking-Lot Lighting

Poor parking-lot lighting brings with it both pros and cons. Pros: Dark spaces make you look thinner.Your sunglasses look even cooler in low light.Creepy shadows help you hide from the paparazzi. Cons: Poor lighting can lead to robberies, vehicle break-ins,…


The Environmental Benefits of New Lighting Technologies

We've discussed what consumers can expect from smart poles. (Missed that post? Click here to catch up. ) While new technology makes our lives easier, it also minimizes our impact on the environment. Here’s a quick breakdown of one eco-friendly…


What You Should Know About 5 and 10-Year Warranties

Every General Structures, Inc. light pole automatically comes with a three-year warranty. But we also offer the option for extended five and ten-year warranties that include more comprehensive finishing processes. The five-year warranty includes a Palgard Epoxy Coating; the ten-year…


The Importance of Vibration Dampeners

Are you a long-time reader of our blog posts? Then you’ve seen us share insight about the effects of first and second-mode vibrations. (Missed it? Read all about it here.) You may be tempted to resort to radical measures in…


A Detailed Look at the Powder-Coating Process

Stage 1: Cleaning and SSPC-SP10 The Society for Protective Coatings' SP10 regulation requires that all poles be visibly free of oil, grease, dust, dirt, mill scale, rust, coating, and oxides. So before applying the finish, we thoroughly inspect the pole…

About Us

General Structures, Inc. has been the best partner for C&I lighting standards since 1988. We adhere to standards set forth by AASHTO, ASTM International, and NEMA and weld all of our products to the highest American Welding Society standards.

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