Traditionally styled fixtures can enhance a revitalized downtown district by combining a vintage appearance with contemporary technology. These fixtures are available with full- and semi-cutoff light and a choice of light sources.

The most popular streetscape fixtures are made from heavy-wall cast aluminum construction and have a 3-mil polyester powder coating. In areas where vandalism is a concern, municipalities often select vandal-resistant fixtures constructed with metal cages around the lamps and finished with anti-graffiti coating on the pole and lamp head.

Selection Resources

During the initial stages of a new lighting project, a limited number of luminaires and related components should be identified for final selection. Manufacturers can provide resources such as design CDs, photometric information on mounting height recommendations and fixture spacing, layouts to assist with setting light levels and distribution, and submittal drawings of the selected assembly,including technical detail.

If there is a requirement to match existing luminaires, poles, or bases, the design team and in-house tooling department can be consulted about feasibility of reproduction. These services are typically available at no cost. Tooling costs for custom products can often be eliminated due to the large inventory of custom tooling available at major manufacturers.

When your community is ready to renovate existing lighting or is planning a new civic project, you can find environmentally sound fixture choices that offer the latest styling, technical advances, and low-cost maintenance features.

Sarah Goodale is marketing manager for Sun Valley Lighting, Palmdale, Calif.