LED Shoebox Mounting Options
A direct mount allows you to attach your shoebox light directly to an existing pole. That means direct mounts are the easiest way to switch over your existing HPS or metal halide lights to LED.
Installation will involve wiring your light and then attaching the shoebox to the pole using bolts. That simplicity is a major advantage of direct mounts, but it’s important to know that they’re also generally short and designed to be installed in one particular orientation . That means they don’t provide the flexibility of some other mounts.
As their name implies, slip fitters slip on top of a pole rather than being bolted onto the side (like a direct mount). Wiring feeds all the way up the pole, through the mount, and into the back of the lamp.
The main advantage of slip fitters is that they are generally hinged, allowing the lamp to be tilted, pitched, and adjusted.
Slip fitter mounts are ideal for situations in which you’re trying to focus light in a particular area or working in a challenging space.
A trunnion mount is a hinged, square frame made of thin metal. Wiring a trunnion mounted LED shoebox involves threading insulated wires through that frame and into the back of the lamp.
Trunnion mounts are highly versatile and can help you fit powerful lamps into tight spots and direct your beam in a directional manner to achieve lighting goals.
Unlike direct or slip fit mounts, trunnions do expose some wiring to the elements, so they do require some increased maintenance.