GEC Domestic Fluorescent Fitting Identification

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GEC Domestic Fluorescent Fitting Identification

Postby SuperSix » Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:46 pm

This has been bugging me for years, when I was very young my grandparents used to have an old fluorescent fitting in the kitchen made by GEC, I don't remember much about it though. I know it definitely had GEC on it and must have been their answer to the Netaline, the fitting was based on a similar concept being balanced in the centre and attached to the ceiling with a round plate. The body which was about the size of a slim 40W choke then came straight down about half a foot to the centre of the fitting and a rather slim arm spanned 2' either way of the centre to hold a 4' tube. I remember it was black and white (I think the centre body and the caps were black) and the starter was housed at one end. I asked my grandparents about it, apparently it was thrown out because it took ages to start :P and just looked generally outdated.

I'm afraid that's all I really remember of it, I was very young at the time, if only it could have survived a bit longer and I might have saved it :( . I don't suppose this rather useless description jogs anyone's memory and they've seen one?

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Re: GEC Domestic Fluorescent Fitting Identification

Postby Tom » Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:56 pm

Get digging out yer old GEC Catalogues fellas! (those who have any!) Never heard of it myself however the description does sound like something I caught a glimpse of on telly in one of them property programmes showing a kitchen in 'desperate need of modernisation!'
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Re: GEC Domestic Fluorescent Fitting Identification

Postby chanceskydiver » Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:43 am

Any luck finding out what it was?

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Re: GEC Domestic Fluorescent Fitting Identification

Postby robtdci » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:58 pm

I can't help with identifying this type of fitting I'm afraid but I think I know exactly the one you mean, was black, suspended in the middle and was quite 'minimalist'. I had tea at a school friends in the early 80s and his kitchen had two of these. At the time, I thought them to be remote ballasts, because they where so slim, but was probably more likely to be a resistive ballast. The kitchen had a pine ceiling and avocado green units, so was probably late 60s-early 70s. The tube lamp holders were covered by a few inches of round, tubular plastic. No doubt been long replaced by damn halogen down lights.

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Re: GEC Domestic Fluorescent Fitting Identification

Postby johndom » Sat May 18, 2013 8:31 pm

Hi,
Does it look like this?
It was in a house I was looking to buy.
Too expensive and too much damp though!
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Kitchen light

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Re: GEC Domestic Fluorescent Fitting Identification

Postby SuperSix » Sat May 18, 2013 9:23 pm

Yes, yes, yes! That's it! Remember it as clear as day now! A beautifully simple and elegant fitting!

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Re: GEC Domestic Fluorescent Fitting Identification

Postby SuperSix » Sat May 18, 2013 9:36 pm

My description's rather out but after seeing that pic that's definitely the fitting. There's was in a black and white colour scheme though. :)

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Re: GEC Domestic Fluorescent Fitting Identification

Postby johndom » Sun May 19, 2013 6:13 pm

I wondered if that photo would come in handy one day!
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