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What to Consider When Choosing Mounts for Parking Lot Lighting


When it comes to lighting a parking lot, there are a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials available. Among the most common materials for poles are Steel/Aluminum, Concrete/Fiberglass, or Wood, all of which can have different heights, shapes, and applications. By knowing the type of pole you are dealing with, you will be able to choose the appropriate mounting type for your Parking Lot Fixtures.


Pole Shape, Shaft Diameter, and Height

The simplest determination when it comes to determining the fixture needed for a particular pole is that pole’s shape, shaft diameter, and height.

  • The most common shapes for a pole are Square and Round.

  • Shaft Diameters can vary, but are most commonly found in a 3 x 3, 4 x 4, 5 x 5, or 6 x 6 configuration.

  • Pole Heights range between 10-20ft, with taller poles going as high as 35ft!

With these factors in mind, the appropriate tenon size or direct mount shape can be used, along with a general idea of the wattage needed based on the height of the pole.


Pole Material

Like the pole dimensions, the material of the pole can have an impact on a fixture’s mounting type.

  • Steel and aluminum poles are extremely versatile and are able to take fixtures with a Direct Mount or fitted with a Split-Fit Mount using a compatible 2-3/8in Vertical Tenon.

  • Concrete and Fiberglass poles are generally only compatible with a vertical tenon and Spilt-Fit Mounted Parking Lot Fixture. If there’s an existing tenon, it will need to be determined whether it is a 2-3/8in or 2-7/8in tenon, as the light fixtures typically require a specific size.

  • Like Concrete and Fiberglass poles, Wood Poles are usually only compatible with Split-Fit Mounts. However these also require a special wood pole bracket to mount onto the pole.

Fixtures Per Pole

The number of fixtures needed on each pole will also affect mounting adapters needed. For Direct Mounting, the fixtures simply mount onto the pole and no additional hardware is required. However, for the Split-Fit mounts with multiple fixture on a single pole will require additional Mounting Accessories.

One of the most common methods to achieve this is by way of our Spoke Mount Tenon Adapters, which mount over a 2-3/8in Vertical Tenon and split to the number of fixtures needed.

Another popular option, especially in tennis court and other sport lighting, are our Bullhorn Tenons, which provide extra width to mount 2-4x fixtures in a row for ample lighting!



If you’d like to learn more about LED Shoebox lighting, please feel free to check out our blog on 5 Ways to Control Your LED Parking Lot Fixtures, or please feel free to reach out to us by giving a call at (813)-649-8899 or simply emailing us at for any additional questions or any input you might have.

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  • Michael Tomas