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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #30 on: June 03, 2016, 06:46:54 PM » Author: veryhighonoutput
I use them regularly but I rotate them when I get bored  so they never eol,
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #31 on: November 25, 2016, 05:23:20 PM » Author: toomanybulbs
gave a friend a seed starter from the 60's
it has 2 westinghouse agro lite tubes probably the originals.
she uses it every year.
with that duty cycle she can probably hand it down when she passes.
i used a 14w ge daylight in a chrome wall fixture i 12v converted till i knew just how old it was.
40's lamp and tube.
that tube is safely in my collection.fixture has a chroma 50 in it.still 12v.
but i made no permanent mods to it and have the original parts.
even reused existing holes for the led nightlight.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #32 on: November 29, 2016, 09:49:52 PM » Author: icefoglights
I mostly run more recent lamps, but sometimes do run my vintage tubes.  I have a pair of 1944 GE White tubes that put out a real nice light.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #33 on: November 30, 2016, 09:17:55 AM » Author: funkybulb
I rotate vintage lamps around and Also use modern
Stuff get 24/7 use.

That that are rare and uncommon get use  gets bi yearly
Use for 8 hour running min.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #34 on: April 14, 2017, 12:51:34 PM » Author: Men of God
古董灯管我是不会用于照明的,因为它们对我来说只有收藏价值,要是使用的话显色指数太低,肤色感觉怪怪的。但是古董驱动装置我会使用的,比如1960-1990年代的镇流器和启辉器。我现在在电脑桌上方的暖气管子上安的灯是1987年生产的上海沪光牌T5 12W灯架,镇流器和启辉器从来没换过,但是灯管是2016年生产的现代照明,T5 12W 840的,因为原配的灯管感觉不舒服,从此灯光下肤色显得特别糟糕!
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #35 on: September 14, 2017, 03:46:17 PM » Author: HomeBrewLamps
I tend to use any bulbs I find with a few exceptions, my only vintage fluorescent I can't run because I have no 20w ballasts only got 40watters
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #36 on: November 19, 2017, 03:22:35 PM » Author: toomanybulbs
i have 4 1959 westinghouse blackender f48 in service daily.
the ballasts are late 50's too.
i simply added fuses to each ballast power lead in case they go bad.
and half a case of spare tubes.
if they wear out i dont care.
they have been going 25+ years now.
previous owner installed these and left the nos spares too.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #37 on: November 19, 2017, 04:00:39 PM » Author: Beta 5
I don't use some of my rarest lamps, especially when modern equivalents available, that have the same appearance and colour of the older lamps.
Although Halophosphate tubes and T12 are banned, I still use them, as in some areas, I like their colour, and in some fixtures with T12 sized lamp holders, I still use T12 tubes as T8's look odd in those fixtures.

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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #38 on: November 19, 2017, 05:20:28 PM » Author: takemorepills
May as well use them all up before you die.

Some may loose vacuum.

Some may be lost to accident or mother nature.

A jealous partner may decide to smash all your stuff before dumping you.

Unless you can pre-arrange to gift out your collection to collectors prior to your death, most likely someone will just see all your stuff, think you're an oddball, and send everything off to the dump. No one is gonna want to deal with linear fluorescent lamps, or even regular bulbs for that matter, what a hassle. At the very best, SOME of your stuff may end up on eBay or CL, WAY overpriced by an estate clearing nut who picks the highest online price he can find. The stuff never gets sold and ends up in the bin.
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Re: Using vintage or antique fluorescent tubes « Reply #39 on: November 19, 2017, 07:17:05 PM » Author: sol
I have a near EOL Sylvania Lifeline CW F40T12 that I'd like to put in service, in a seldom used but not never used fixture. I'll probably end up getting a NPF magnetic ballast for 1 lamp so it will rectify at EOL. At least it will still light.
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