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by Bluto
Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Decent Rough Service Lamps
Replies: 7
Views: 2116

Re: Decent Rough Service Lamps

I think the best bet would be to try and get some old (new-old-stock) lamps . Id highly recommend the Crompton rough service lamps , they were superb and clear ones were gorgeous! Thorns were good too . Im sure youd find some old stock knocking about somewhere . (Whether Youd be able to bring yourse...
by Bluto
Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Your first SL lamp?
Replies: 12
Views: 3192

Re: Your first SL lamp?

Kev , The QPK photocell was Thorns wall-mounting photocell kit . They were listed in most of the old Thorn catalogues from the mid to late 70s onwards. The QPK was actually a Fisher Karpark photocell kit sold in Thorn packaging . However , they were extremely good quality with a metal bracket (not l...
by Bluto
Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:38 pm
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: Best way to finish off/fry EOL lamps
Replies: 8
Views: 2785

Re: Best way to finish off/fry EOL lamps

Heres a thought XX LOL !! (I DONT REALLY RECOMMEND THIS AND I WOULDNT LIKE TO THINK ANYONE GOT HURT - OR VAPOURISED!! TRYING SOMETHING I SUGGESTED!) BUT- Ive notice on Youtube quite a number of vids of , how to put it nicely - "Foolish persons" xxx lol , Throwing wires up and short circuiting power ...
by Bluto
Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Your first SL lamp?
Replies: 12
Views: 3192

Re: Your first SL lamp?

Thought Id have to reply to this as Ive always loved SLs (PROPER old , magnetic , switch start ones), and just recently had SLs on my mind . I am planning on using a proper old SL lamp at my new place in the main front door lantern. In the late 80s and early 90s I used to use a lot of SLs at work . ...
by Bluto
Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: 2ft 40 watt experience / advice please?
Replies: 6
Views: 2060

Re: 2ft 40 watt experience / advice please?

Thanks Kev. Yes those EC40/59 ballasts have never been any trouble . I used to be able to get these without too much bother from The Lampshed in Derby, but the last ones we had were a long while ago (Im guessing around 2002 ish) and I certainly cant get them now. The old ballasts that have failed (t...
by Bluto
Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: 2ft 40 watt experience / advice please?
Replies: 6
Views: 2060

2ft 40 watt experience / advice please?

As most of You know , I work from home mainly making neon and cold cathode tubes . A good deal of the work is cold cathode tubes for bus shelters for two large bus shelter maintenance companies. Part of the work also involves looking after the lights in bus shelters in and around this area. These us...
by Bluto
Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: IS it possible to convert a SS ballast into SRS?
Replies: 6
Views: 1997

Re: IS it possible to convert a SS ballast into SRS?

Andy that sounds like a Quickstart rather than an SRS. I have some old 2ft fittings that were once used in Derbys old bus station like this , and we used to use 2ft quickstarts in some of the public toilets in Derby. Quickstart uses a choke , pretty much the same as a switchstart , and a seperate qu...
by Bluto
Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: Greeted by LED main road street lights! NOT IMPRESSED!!
Replies: 19
Views: 4275

Re: Greeted by LED main road street lights! NOT IMPRESSED!!

Hi Guys , no the Derby LED lanterns are much shorter and wider than those . Not sure what they are .I suspect they are dimmed in the early hours / after midnight. Last night I got to drive along that stretch of road around 22.00 ish and I thought they seemed a lot brighter (and lots of dazzling glar...
by Bluto
Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:55 am
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: IS it possible to convert a SS ballast into SRS?
Replies: 6
Views: 1997

Re: IS it possible to convert a SS ballast into SRS?

I once saw an old lamp post , running an 80 watt mercury , using a Crompton 6-ft 85 watt SRS ballast as a choke to run the mercury lamp . This was a "private" , ie , not street lighting dept job , at a community centre car park. The caretaker had done the job himself and , it seemed to be working ju...
by Bluto
Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: Greeted by LED main road street lights! NOT IMPRESSED!!
Replies: 19
Views: 4275

Greeted by LED main road street lights! NOT IMPRESSED!!

Having just returned from a fairly long spell in Tokyo , I was slightly appalled (I think I can safely say) , and surprised , as I drove through Derby City centre at around 3 oclock the other morning. (I had been away for some time and before I went , St Alkmunds Way - the main stretch of dual carri...
by Bluto
Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: 100 watt GEC Truelite MBTF ???
Replies: 10
Views: 2659

Re: 100 watt GEC Truelite MBTF ???

Thats strange that Philips only list the 100 watt in ES now Colin . I wonder if this has to do with more forthcoming lamp-bans , etc and they are "tidying up" and narrowing down various ranges of lamps, etc. Not so long ago we used to use quite a quantity of 100 watt Philips ML s on street lighting ...
by Bluto
Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: 100 watt GEC Truelite MBTF ???
Replies: 10
Views: 2659

Re: 100 watt GEC Truelite MBTF ???

I have just discovered something interesting while browsing through an old GEC catalogue on James site. GEC DID LIST A 100 WATT SELF-BALLASTED "Truelite blended" mercury lamp!!! I had a funny feeling that they did (hence my original question) , but was beginning to think Id imagined / dreamed it x l...
by Bluto
Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: Ballasts in parallel
Replies: 9
Views: 3099

Re: Ballasts in parallel

Thanks for that Colin . Its interesting , I wonder if anybody ever actually made a true 700 watt mercury ballast? got me wondering now . Going off the subject a bit , the talk of 700 watt lamps got me thinking of something. A few years ago (not long ago) , I seem to recall GE listing a 750 watt high...
by Bluto
Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: Ballasts in parallel
Replies: 9
Views: 3099

Re: Ballasts in parallel

Colin , (Ive never used any 700watt mercury lamps / had much experience of them - 700s were always a "funny" size - , although Ive got a few (some Philips HPL-Ns and a couple of Thorn MBFRs) ). Am I not correct in thinking that there never was a true 700 watt mercury ballast made , and that 700 watt...
by Bluto
Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Anyone know what the largest MA lamp made was??
Replies: 5
Views: 1966

Re: Anyone know what the largest MA lamp made was??

Thanks Dez , No , These were single ended jacketed lamps with a big G38 Bi-post base. Other than that I dont know any more about them , or what make they were , etc.
by Bluto
Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:22 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Anyone know what the largest MA lamp made was??
Replies: 5
Views: 1966

Anyone know what the largest MA lamp made was??

Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with an old guy who Ive known for years (and who used to save me lamps), who used to work on the lights at Derbys old football stadium (called the Baseball ground) , which has been gone some years now. He has often told me about the lamps used in the flood...
by Bluto
Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Something funny going on here ???? Clear Mercury lamp
Replies: 4
Views: 1587

Something funny going on here ???? Clear Mercury lamp

Stumbled on this , quite interesting , little thing on mercury lamps on Youtube. I couldnt resist looking at it , but noticed something very strange is going on with that clear lamp???? Wondered what You guys make of this . Check out the clear lamp VERY CAREFULLY . Especially just before he lights i...
by Bluto
Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: 100 watt GEC Truelite MBTF ???
Replies: 10
Views: 2659

Re: 100 watt GEC Truelite MBTF ???

Thanks for that Colin , I certainly had never heard of such a lamp and never seen one and have only ever been aware of Philips and Iwasaki 100 watt lamps. (and a few "exotic" reflector lamps for animal / vivarium use) - and I recently acquired a couple of unbranded 100 / 110 volt , G-type clear 100 ...
by Bluto
Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: 100 watt GEC Truelite MBTF ???
Replies: 10
Views: 2659

100 watt GEC Truelite MBTF ???

I wonder if any of you guys have ever heard of a 100 watt GEC Truelite (Blended) MBTF self ballasted mercury lamp? I had never heard of such a lamp , or ever seen one , but got into a (friendly) argument about these last night. Obviously we all know of 160 watt versions (I have several in BC and ES)...
by Bluto
Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:29 am
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: Removing scratches from street lighting bowls.
Replies: 4
Views: 1566

Re: Removing scratches from street lighting bowls.

This is interesting . I have a complete (unused old stock) Gamma 5 stashed away . Its in pieces and there are a couple of clear bowls but they have quite a few scuft and scratch marks from storage / knocking around on shelves for years , etc. Im intending to get this lantern up in the not too distan...
by Bluto
Tue May 07, 2013 1:27 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Mains Powered 6" 4w T5s
Replies: 7
Views: 2321

Re: Mains Powered 6" 4w T5s

Thats a shame Colin , but thanks for that. It doesnt seem very long ago at all we were still using these , and getting them in , so I thought they may still be available. I am going to enquire at the supplier here in Derby who used to get these for us , its just possible he will still have a few lef...
by Bluto
Mon May 06, 2013 2:01 am
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: SLI/h control gear tests.
Replies: 3
Views: 2256

Re: SLI/h control gear tests.

I keep seeing You guys trying to find the best match gear for your SLI/H lamps (and also one or two other vintage discharge lamps) and something I think I may have mentioned before sprang to mind. Over the years I have used a company called Majestic Transformers to get transformers for several appli...
by Bluto
Mon May 06, 2013 1:41 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Mains Powered 6" 4w T5s
Replies: 7
Views: 2321

Re: Mains Powered 6" 4w T5s

We used to use quite a number of the Fitzgerald twin 4 watt Bulldog bulkhead fittings in many of Derbys public toilets . I still have a few unused ones stashed away , plus my Dad has one in his garage as a "night light" so he can go in and out, (the tumble dryer and freezer are in there), at night w...
by Bluto
Mon May 06, 2013 1:30 am
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: Final Atlas Alpha 8 Gone!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1813

Re: Final Atlas Alpha 8 Gone!!!

I VE ONLY JUST NOTICED THIS HAD DISAPPEARED!!!! Id known that column and lantern for years , although I think it had been derelict / unused for a long time. I can clearly remember when Derby had what must have been hundreds of these lanterns . They generally had a 250 watt MBF lamp at the "front" an...
by Bluto
Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Favourite discharge tech?
Replies: 19
Views: 4704

Re: Favourite discharge tech?

Id been thinking about this long and hard recently . I know the post is an old one , but this has been on my mind for a while (although its not exactly been stopping me from sleeping xx :crying ). I AM NOT GOING TO CHANGE MY VOTE - SOX will always be my favorite. However , I do love HPS and it struc...