Building and grounds preventive maintenance (PM) must be done to keep  things running efficiently and safely. That’s true for a commercial  building, factory, refinery, food processing plant, or industrial  complex.

It is one of those necessary activities that doesn’t add directly to  your profits but does affect them. Considered an operating expense,  money spent on maintenance is a calculated cost.

Keeping costs low is important. But you must also keep equipment  working to maintain a safe working environment. Pole-mounted lighting  maintenance is one of those areas where you can proactively reduce  expenditures.

Typical lighting PM costs are needlessly high

In a normal scenario, a group of fixtures is scheduled for preventive  maintenance. This may include cleaning, minor repairs, and other  servicing tasks. In many cases, equipment must be obtained or scheduled  to raise workers to the level of the fixtures. This often includes  scaffolding or motorized EWPs (elevated work platforms).

Assembling and setting the scaffolding in place requires several  workers. It may also include cranes or forklifts to raise the  scaffolding to the platform where the lighting is located. Each time  workers finish working on a fixture, the scaffolding must be taken down,  moved to the next location, and reassembled.

In the majority of cases, the time spent moving and assembling the  scaffold is longer than the actual time spent doing the service work.

EWPs are necessary if the work to be done is located on stairwells.  This requires a minimum of three workers and could entail more:

  • One person doing the repairs
  • One operating the EWP
  • One or more directing foot and vehicle traffic around the worksite

If you own the equipment, you have several employees tied up, unable  to perform other essential tasks. If hiring a contractor, you are paying  for numerous workers sitting idle most of the time. Neither scenario is  cost-effective.

But if a single worker can lower the fixture to platform level, you  will avoid the unnecessary expense and lack of efficiency normal  procedures cause.

Consider converting your poles during routine PMs

It is possible to upgrade your lighting poles during routine  preventive maintenance procedures. When planning your work schedule,  consider installing a pole lowering joint that allows workers to lower  the fixtures to ground or platform level.

Using a pole conversion system that includes a clamping assembly and  ratcheting pipe cutter, two workers can easily install the pole lowering  joint. Not only is it faster than erecting a scaffold, but it is  actually cheaper as well. While the pole is being converted, any  necessary repairs or service can be done at the same time.

Future maintenance tasks are accomplished by a single worker, saving  even more money and time. The Maxis™ joint lets the worker lower the  fixture to platform level. Repairs and servicing are made quickly and  safely at a comfortable height.

Efficiency and cost savings, right from the start

Even when planning service for a group or area of pole-mounted  lights, installing pole lowering joints is both faster and less  expensive than using traditional methods. There is also an additional  benefit.

Because of the expense and labor needed for scaffolding or EWPs,  group or area preventive maintenance is basically the only option  available. But with Maxis™ joints installed, spot repairs or servicing  are possible. It’s a cost-effective means of keeping all your lights on …  all the time.

Find out what the Maxis™ lowering pole solution can do to control your lighting maintenance costs.


The Swivelpole™ lowering pole solution is  recognised globally for providing simple, fast and affordable access to light fixtures and equipment. The innovative access solutions eliminate the risk of working at heights, through the controlled lowering of light fixtures and equipment to a safe and comfortable working position.

Maxis™ is the next generation lowering pole solution for safely accessing light fixtures and equipment.

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