Cool old lights at the Brooklands Museum

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Cool old lights at the Brooklands Museum

Postby johndom » Sat May 18, 2013 8:23 pm

Hi,
I'm new here, and love old lighting especially fluorescent!
Visited the Brooklands Museum today (http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/) and had a great time, especially as they had a 1940s day on!
While I was looking in one of the hangars, I noticed the ceiling covered in old fittings, Osram by the look of it. A bit like the GEC one I have at home!
Some of them have been removed, so they look rather unwanted...
The picture had to be reduced in size.
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Old fluorescents at Brooklands

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Re: Cool old lights at the Brooklands Museum

Postby Kev » Sat May 18, 2013 11:29 pm

Awesome picture!!! Shame they are all disconnected I bet you any money I could revive them again and re-instate the circuits! Look like they are wired in rubber tho?

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Re: Cool old lights at the Brooklands Museum

Postby johndom » Sun May 19, 2013 6:10 pm

I'll contact them next week, and see if they want rid of them. Offering a donation to the museum would almost certainly help!
Would anyone here like one? How much would you be prepared to donate?
They also have some very cool dual holophane tungsten and mercury high- bay fittings, I'll post a picture when I'm on the PC.
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Re: Cool old lights at the Brooklands Museum

Postby MetalHalideHater » Sun May 19, 2013 6:36 pm

John-I have also been to Brooklands museum and have some pics on here of the tungsten and mercury fittings. See here: http://allthingslighting.co.uk/atl/disp ... p?pid=4147

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Re: Cool old lights at the Brooklands Museum

Postby Kev » Sun May 19, 2013 7:52 pm

@MHH/MHL I completely don't remember that pick!!! :-? @ John why don't they simply let me fix them??

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Re: Cool old lights at the Brooklands Museum

Postby johndom » Sun May 19, 2013 9:20 pm

Hi,
You could contact them and offer... but the ceiling looks to be on its way out anyway, and they are going rusty, and the wiring would have to be replaced in the fittings, plus new control gear (old stuff can be a bit finnicky about the megger tests they do nowadays)... and you can't get T12 or 4 pin starters anymore...
They would look nice in a room with a few, where they could take care of them, but in a room with 30 or so I don't think they'd have the time or inclination to look after them.
They've got their work cut out on the exhibits themselves!
Plus electrical maintenance is probably contracted out anyway.

John D

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Re: Cool old lights at the Brooklands Museum

Postby Kev » Sun May 19, 2013 10:28 pm

Lol at put new gear in the fittings... No way on earth that stuff will be fine and also T12 tubes are still available I use them daily!

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Re: Cool old lights at the Brooklands Museum

Postby Ash » Mon May 20, 2013 3:22 pm

Old rubber wiring is EOL by now anyway and should be replaced for good. Now with ballasts i dont know if its much issue cause the old 60s ballasts we have here are no problem for a megger test, how much "worse" can 40s ballasts be ?

And assuming its Switch Start i dont see the issue with using T8s in that, worst case you;ll have to hack in a Pulsestarter (leave the old starter in place for the looks, i guess the starting with Pulsestarter will not look much different either)


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