Search found 304 matches

by Paul
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: LED Streetlighting - Split topic from V-Max Installs in MK
Replies: 9
Views: 100

Re: LED Streetlighting - Split topic from V-Max Installs in MK

I saw a documentary on streetlighting in the USA and they had SON coloured LED lanterns IIRC and some 'study' had found some reason why SON colour was better. Personally I like a more fluorescent / MBF like colour but LED seem cooler and harsher.
I'll take a look for details on that study....
by Paul
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: LED Streetlighting - Split topic from V-Max Installs in MK
Replies: 9
Views: 100

Re: LED Streetlighting - Split topic from V-Max Installs in MK

When you say it like that Rich, it does put it into perspective. Thing is, there is just something about LED and it's spread which seems to have ground my gears, if you like! I think it a mix of things, how LED has arrived and swept away swathes of different styles of SOX, SON & MH lanterns and repl...
by Paul
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: LED Streetlighting - Split topic from V-Max Installs in MK
Replies: 9
Views: 100

LED Streetlighting - Split topic from V-Max Installs in MK

Now I am starting to see LED technology in it's more developed state, I too agree that the lighting levels are improving and I can start to see the benefits despite how sad it is to see the old lamps disappear. I still find the lanterns a bit of a glare bomb and think they could do more to addess th...
by Paul
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Death of a light bulb
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Re: Death of a light bulb

:crying :crying RIP Thomas
by Paul
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: The Nernst Lamp
Replies: 3
Views: 675

The Nernst Lamp

Nernst.JPG Intrigued by Gav's picture of a Nernst lamp on the gallery, I was keen to find out how they worked. Having looked around online, this is what I can find: The Nernst lamp (also known as an incandescent "glower" lamp) uses a small ceramic rod, heated to incandescence, to provide light. The...
by Paul
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5351

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Nice! PM sent :)
by Paul
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5351

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

I have the same bowl, mine has a star shaped crack no bigger than a £2 coin.
by Paul
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5351

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

I have a Thorn Beta 5 chunky available for free, only problem is it has a small crack.
by Paul
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5351

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Top job! Looking good! What sort of bowl are you looking for? Got a pic example?
by Paul
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5351

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

I find paint restorer car polish works well, just don't polish over the label!
by Paul
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5351

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

I used radiator paint on my Alpha 3 restoration... works well.
by Paul
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5351

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

It's very much like the technique they use for putting fish farts in spirit levels. Collecting them first is the trickiest bit.. like the whisps of smoke! :rofl :rofl
by Paul
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Narva Quits The Fluorescent Market
Replies: 12
Views: 3350

Re: Narva Quits The Fluorescent Market

They're determined to limit what's available on the market and dictate what we can buy! :oops:
by Paul
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: Replacement GEC Z8256 Bowls....
Replies: 6
Views: 1995

Re: Replacement GEC Z8256 Bowls....

Thanks for the pic! Alas I'm not lucky enough to own one of those lovelies!
by Paul
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: Replacement GEC Z8256 Bowls....
Replies: 6
Views: 1995

Re: Replacement GEC Z8256 Bowls....

What does the Z8256 look like? I'm not good with the GEC numbers! :doh
by Paul
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Short Time Running Of Fluorescents
Replies: 8
Views: 1647

Short Time Running Of Fluorescents

Is there any detriment to the lamp if it is run for a relatively short period, say 20-30 mins at a time? If a lamp hasn't been fired up in a while, should it be considerably longer, a bit like some discharge lamps?
by Paul
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Coloured Metal Halide Lamps
Replies: 8
Views: 2172

Re: Coloured Metal Halide Lamps

I am very disappointed in the colours of these lamps.
by Paul
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Coloured Metal Halide Lamps
Replies: 8
Views: 2172

Re: Coloured Metal Halide Lamps

Does it look a much richer green than the pic I have on the gallery?
by Paul
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Coloured Metal Halide Lamps
Replies: 8
Views: 2172

Coloured Metal Halide Lamps

In answer to the question raised by Rich, here is what I believe they add to make the colours in the coloured metal halide lamps: Green: Thallium iodide Red (more like magenta in appearance): Lithium, sodium and indium Pink: (Not sure but I believe Lithium and sodium). Purple: (Again not sure but I ...
by Paul
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Questions: SRS instant start and tube banding
Replies: 5
Views: 1532

Re: Questions: SRS instant start and tube banding

Indeed Slyspark... the teardrops usually appear at the ends of the cathodes, near the supports. As these are enclosed by the shield, that effect is eliminated. It's almost like a hotspot is created at the point where the cathode meets the support and this slowly burns away the phosphor. The shield f...
by Paul
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Questions: SRS instant start and tube banding
Replies: 5
Views: 1532

Re: Questions: SRS instant start and tube banding

Is the cap the correct rating for the circuit? I imagine that would have an effect on the starting... I have noticed that on my SRS fittings, new tubes usually start instantly like they do on SS and tend to only do the classic SRS start up when warmed up. Is it because the lamp is warm or because th...
by Paul
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: The Philips CorePro LED PLC Lamp
Replies: 5
Views: 2181

Re: The Philips CorePro LED PLC Lamp

Don't blame you!
I read today in the rags that there is now a dedicated SOX LED replacement lamp on the market. :o
by Paul
Wed May 03, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Luminaires
Topic: ******* blinders!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 2158

Re: ******* blinders!!!

******** idiot!!!
by Paul
Wed May 03, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Does anyone use indandescent GLS anymore?
Replies: 22
Views: 4703

Re: Does anyone use indandescent GLS anymore?

GU10 downlighters, who the hell ever thought that was a great idea?! Need to go back in time and 'Terminate' them!! :rofl :rofl
by Paul
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Luminaires
Topic: Thorn Popular Pack c1970s
Replies: 20
Views: 7060

Re: Thorn Popular Pack c1970s

Good old PP's!
Welcome to the club - I think many of us thought we were weird being interested in lighting and certainly never imagined so many other people were as well!