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Substation Light

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This is a very large NEMA style lamp used in some power distribution substations. The lens is heavy glass, about 1/2" thick. Unfortunately I dropped the glass, and it is now cracked :( but still intact. There is no ballast, but rather a collar within a collar that fits the pipe mount, and it holds a mogul base incandescent lamp (for effect, I have a self-ballasted mercury lamp in it now). Manufacturer or date of manufacturer is unknown - there are no markings. With the yard light pipe mount on it, it reminds me of a very large curling "stone" :)

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Apr 20, 2007 at 02:45 PM Author:
There should be some subtances for cracked glass so they don't crack more...I have seen some in 7-11......hmmmm I have a cracked Gumball Fixture.....but not much as above though....
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Apr 20, 2007 at 05:33 PM Author: prawnman88
man that is my biggest fear droping a globe or lens id freak man that sucks feel bad for u bud yeah jayce is right home depot or lowes or even ace hardware whould have a sort of glass glue silicone might even work its clear so might help some glues change due to heat and light hope this helps




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Apr 20, 2007 at 07:17 PM Author:
I also wonder if Gluegun is good too.....but be sure its not too close to the bulb.....
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Apr 20, 2007 at 09:26 PM Author: arcblue
Yes, I'm not happy about breaking this fixture but at least it's not totally destroyed. I have glued the pieces back together with an epoxy/superglue type thing that supposedly works on glass. It holds together actually even without glue , but this fixture will never be mounted again just in case - it's just going to sit on the ground (cement) from now on. The fixture does still light fine; the visible cracks can't be fixed - they are there for good but they do affect the light pattern

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Apr 20, 2007 at 11:49 PM Author: Silverliner
I don't blame ya Arcblue, I do get upset when I find a bulb or a fixture (I have yet to break a refractor tho) broken. Today in the garage I found a couple more vintage bulbs busted, including a 1930s NOS GE Mazda amber F-15 as a result of the move. Arggggh! At least I have a couple more of the same lamps. BTW that's a nice fixture, I would assume it was designed for an incandescent lamp.

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Apr 21, 2007 at 07:23 AM Author:
Arcblue......look in the bright side......take a look at this picture and feel better

Oh let me let you know I almost forgot and didn't want to tell anyone and I told Jeremiah not to tell anyone...and (thank you Jeremiah) now I think this is a good time for me to tell everyone..........when I got the OV-20 the stamped version I was happy and it was nice and I bet the glass was orginal......I brought the fixture down to the garage with Jeremiah and put it down on the cement.......and did some lighting work on the ceiling with Jeremiah..........and when we were all done Jeremiah went upstairs to my room and I was getting ready to go up so I took that nice stamped OV-20 with glass and unplugged it, took the wire and took the slipfitter and now see the word slipfitter, yet it SLIPPED out of my hand and the glass was facing down totally BREAKING the glass in big piece in the front bottom area......the back part stayed intact but the front had a big piece break off along with tiny pieces of glass.....man I was sure upset! I was also ashamed and told my friend Jeremiah not to tell anyone in the Lighting-Gallery about it! And thanks he didn't tell anyone shows I can trust him! Fortunally I had a extra OV-20 glass from my first OV-20 that the housing got messed up...but unfortually it was not an orginal glass neither was the design was the same.....the extra glass I had had ripples while the orginal did NOT have ripples in the front area.......



And Dave....the more stuff you have...more chances of having broken things......honestly........I have broken some bulbs...
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Apr 21, 2007 at 07:29 AM Author: J-Frog
Good for you Jace! I didn't actually see it happen as I was upstairs in Jace's room when it happened. Yes he was upset but I tried whatever I could to make him feel better

I saw the broken OV-20 refractor myself, it was unfortunate but luckily Jace had a similar refractor that fits an OV-20!

I agree, having too much stuff means greater chance of it getting broken!

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Apr 21, 2007 at 08:54 AM Author: prawnman88
man that sucks
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Apr 21, 2007 at 11:04 PM Author: SeanB~1
Loctite makes a glass bonding UV cure adhesive. It fills the crack, leaves almost no sign that there was a crack there in the first place. Used mostly on car windscreens to repair cracks and to bond together high quality optics, due to its exeptional optical clarity. On windows you have to look closely to see the repair, difficult to see even when you know where to look. It is kina expensive, but you literally need a drop to fix a small crack, plus the UV from a clear merc will cure it in 15 mins max.
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Apr 26, 2007 at 12:40 PM Author: PDXLIGHT
What you have is the SU2B substation luminiaire from Holophane. It is designed to have a top lens with the prismatic glass facing towards the sky. That way the light will shine up on the wires and various supports for the substation.

The old catalog number for the incandescent version is 04252. Here in the Portland area the ballasted version with a 250-400 watt Metal Halide is used by Pacific Power for the large substations and the incandescent versions for smaller substations.
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Jul 23, 2007 at 09:18 PM Author: arcblue
Thanks for the info! Here is a link to Holophane's web site featuring this luminaire (uncracked & properly positioned with the glass top). UPDATE 12/2007: This fixture is no longer. Despite glueing the lens together with Loctite adhesive, the heavy glass would not stay together (probably because there are some chips missing). Besides, it looked pretty bad due to the depth of the cracks. So I kept the socket assembly and scrapped the glass.

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Nov 23, 2008 at 09:08 PM Author:
i saw a fixture similar to this at this site they want 1,250$ for it!!!!
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Mar 25, 2009 at 08:39 PM Author: arcblue
Man that makes me feel bad, I broke a $1250 luminaire....

Seriously, they don't even cost that much brand new!

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Mar 26, 2009 at 05:28 AM Author:
Yeah...everything at that site is way too Expensive!
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