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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #15 on: August 30, 2015, 11:03:59 AM » Author: Hyeres10
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #16 on: September 01, 2015, 07:00:16 AM » Author: Lumex120
I have an old Style house f40t12 in an RS shoplight fixture in the basement. The fixtures are permament, and they even say "do not use energy saving lamps" on them. THe lamp has no blackening, despite being switched on a few times a day. I am not sure if this lamp is rare and I shouldn't use it. Is it a rare lamp?
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #17 on: September 01, 2015, 08:16:21 AM » Author: nicksfans
If you have a modern lamp available, I'd use that instead. Style House lamps are somewhat rare.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #18 on: September 01, 2015, 08:31:04 AM » Author: Lumex120
If you have a modern lamp available, I'd use that instead. Style House lamps are somewhat rare.
Alright. I have a few modern lamps, so I can use those instead.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #19 on: September 03, 2015, 05:41:11 PM » Author: Solanaceae
I have some GTE sylvania from the 80s in my 4x20 preheater and two GE lamps from the 50s or 60s and a 90s lamp in my 3x8 preheater.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #20 on: September 08, 2015, 03:32:28 PM » Author: Lumex120
I have some GTE sylvania from the 80s in my 4x20 preheater and two GE lamps from the 50s or 60s and a 90s lamp in my 3x8 preheater.
You have a 4x 20w preheater? Those things are really cool. Also, by 3x8 preheater, do you mean 3x4? I have never heard of preheat 8' lamps.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #21 on: September 08, 2015, 04:10:35 PM » Author: Solanaceae
There are preheat 8 foot lamps in the UK, but I speak of f8t5 lamps.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #22 on: September 08, 2015, 04:12:57 PM » Author: Solanaceae
And, I home built my 4x20 preheater, see my gallery.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #23 on: September 09, 2015, 04:01:10 AM » Author: Silverliner
One of the vintage F40CW lamps in my garage failed two nights ago. I saw the end blackening and knew it was going EOL. Sure thing, before I knew it, it began strobing! Was a Sylvania Lifeline F40CW from the 1970s.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #24 on: September 11, 2015, 02:13:55 PM » Author: Lumex120
I have a blackender f15t8 Agro-light made by Westinghouse. I want to use it to grow chicken fodder (grass that chickens eat), but is it a rare lamp that I should just preserve?
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #25 on: September 11, 2015, 02:20:36 PM » Author: Solanaceae
Definitely preserve it, and any vintage looking mercs you might also use. Buy modern ones at lowes. They aren't expensive.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #26 on: September 11, 2015, 03:33:50 PM » Author: nicksfans
I have four of the same Agro-Lites and they're definitely not something I'd use all the time.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #27 on: September 11, 2015, 06:32:55 PM » Author: FGS
I have a blackender f15t8 Agro-light made by Westinghouse. I want to use it to grow chicken fodder (grass that chickens eat), but is it a rare lamp that I should just preserve?

Preserve, Home Depot and Lowes have plenty of those Agro F15s.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #28 on: September 13, 2015, 04:12:10 PM » Author: toomanybulbs
iirc style house was montgomery wards house brand.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #29 on: September 13, 2015, 04:26:32 PM » Author: Solanaceae
If I have a vintage lamp that has seen use, chances are I'll stick it in a vintage fixture once I get one, and occasionally use it. If it's an nos lamp, I'll savor it's newness and use it when I'm near EOL. Tongue
If I found duplicates of, say, my 1954 GE daylight, I'll put them to the test and use them as examples of phosphor decay in old lamps.
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