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    Default Locating Street Lighting

    Pipehorn won't light it up.

    No power signature with RD 8100 or CAT.

    No radio signature with RD 8100 or CAT.

    Poles are fiberglass with no access panel.

    Tried 8" ring clamp with zero luck as well.

    Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Locating Street Lighting

    We opened the access panel and direct connected with the neutral.

    Lacking an access panel connect to nearest house service or transformer case.

    If those do not work only thing left is to induce through earth at base of pole or try leaning transmitter against fiberglass pole and inducing.
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    Default Re: Locating Street Lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by standing on the corner View Post
    Pipehorn won't light it up.

    No power signature with RD 8100 or CAT.

    No radio signature with RD 8100 or CAT.

    Poles are fiberglass with no access panel.

    Tried 8" ring clamp with zero luck as well.

    Any ideas?
    The light would have to be on during a power/radio mode sweep to pick up electrical flow. There has to be an access point wherever the lights are getting their power from but in the daytime it could be a pain to track down. Perhaps the owners of the streetlights could have them turned on for you. Wherever the control box is should also make for a good direct connect.
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    Default Re: Locating Street Lighting

    Take some wire and wrap it around the pole a couple time twist the wires together and then connect one of your direct connect leads to to that connection and ground the other one. Use either 65K or 200 K as your frequency and turn up your power all the way. This trick works about 80% of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by standing on the corner View Post
    Pipehorn won't light it up.

    Any ideas?
    Greetings standing on the corner! WoW! The Pipehorn didn't work?




    Public street lights are assigned unique numbers (a.k.a. an address) that are individual to each pole. Every publicly-owned, composite-material, decorative street light I have encountered is numbered and has an access panel. It is my opinion your light in question is a private facility if the light does not have an access panel.

    If you are convinced this light pole is a publicly owned light, the option you have is to contact the light company's dispatch to send a service technician to meet you at the light for access.

    I am agreement with daman1, if it is a private light and you are contracted to find the wire, find the electric metering can that feeds the entire string of lights. Be patient and look everywhere on the lot.




    Once found, clip onto the electric meter, set the RD transmitter at f8 or f33 at full power, make a full sweep at the pole in question and take off. Good Luck Buddy!


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    Default Re: Locating Street Lighting

    You can also push in a probe rod on both sides of the pole and connect the positive to one and the ground to the other. Use 200 khz or pipehorn. This works most of the time.

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    Default Re: Locating Street Lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by headcipher View Post
    You can also push in a probe rod on both sides of the pole and connect the positive to one and the ground to the other. Use 200 khz or pipehorn. This works most of the time.
    I have never heard of this technique. it does sound like a good idea in any case.
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    Default Re: Locating Street Lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by standing on the corner View Post
    Pipehorn won't light it up.

    No power signature with RD 8100 or CAT.

    No radio signature with RD 8100 or CAT.

    Poles are fiberglass with no access panel.

    Tried 8" ring clamp with zero luck as well.

    Any ideas?
    Yes Iím feeling your pain here in Florida with the sun on your back radiating 100 degrees of hot humid air and these new subdivision Fiberglass light poles donít have an access panel. I found out the hand holes are about 6-8 inches in diameter and buried under the sod somewhere around the base.
    Terryís Electric is burying some of these 5-8 feet deep with the main power and then the stupid secondary wires shoot straight up from 5 feet feeding these poles. No wonder I couldnít get signal on my sweeps. I clamp on to poles like mentioned and induced. Youíll miss these thin wires if you sweep too fast

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    Default Locating Street Lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by markit View Post
    Yes I’m feeling your pain here in Florida with the sun on your back radiating 100 degrees of hot humid air and these new subdivision Fiberglass light poles don’t have an access panel. I found out the hand holes are about 6-8 inches in diameter and buried under the sod somewhere around the base.
    Terry’s Electric is burying some of these 5-8 feet deep with the main power and then the stupid secondary wires shoot straight up from 5 feet feeding these poles. No wonder I couldn’t get signal on my sweeps. I clamp on to poles like mentioned and induced. You’ll miss these thin wires if you sweep too fast
    Greetings markit! This all sounds like private street lighting to me............................. just sayin'.


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    Default Re: Locating Street Lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by markit View Post
    Yes Iím feeling your pain here in Florida with the sun on your back radiating 100 degrees of hot humid air and these new subdivision Fiberglass light poles donít have an access panel. I found out the hand holes are about 6-8 inches in diameter and buried under the sod somewhere around the base.
    Terryís Electric is burying some of these 5-8 feet deep with the main power and then the stupid secondary wires shoot straight up from 5 feet feeding these poles. No wonder I couldnít get signal on my sweeps. I clamp on to poles like mentioned and induced. Youíll miss these thin wires if you sweep too fast
    Just move to Florida last December.

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    Default Re: Locating Street Lighting

    You can likewise push in a test bar on the two sides of the post and interface the positive to one and the ground to the next. Utilize 200 kHz or pipe horn, this works more often than not...















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    Default Re: Locating Street Lighting

    this trick seems interesting and will have to put it to the test .
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