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Crouse-Hinds Vapor Tight / Explosion Proof Fixture

Crouse-Hinds Vapor Tight / Explosion Proof Fixture

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From eBay. This fixture came with an Killark blue glass jar globe and appears to had been made in the 70s or later as the porcelain socket has CU WIRE ONLY stamped into the porcelain. There are 2 conduit entries on fixture that uses the 3/4 size fittings.

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Manufacturer:Crouse-Hinds ( fixture and protective cage), Killark ( jar globe)
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Factory Location:USA
Application/Use:Industrial, Nautical

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Lights are awesome! :)


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Jul 13, 2019 at 06:01 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
Nice find! love the cobalt blue color of the glass!

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Jul 13, 2019 at 06:13 PM Author: socketgeek63
Thanks! Had been after one of these fixtures for several years now!

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Jul 13, 2019 at 06:13 PM Author: sol
I read somewhere on the 'net a few years ago about an energy efficiency programme at a university in the USA (I don't remember which one or even in which state). They had police call boxes or emergency telephones scattered here and there, outside, on campus. Each station had one like this, complete with blue glass to serve as an identifier so people would know where to find them. Each had a clear mercury lamp (I believe 80 or 100W) with some kind of remote ballast. They were all operational 24/7. They were all unfortunately replaced with LED of some kind which I do not remember.
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Jul 13, 2019 at 07:31 PM Author: socketgeek63
@ sol,when I seen that blue glass that came with, that was likely the first thing in mind for that color for police call box use in certain cities. Shame they went to LED for that particular use.

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Jul 13, 2019 at 07:36 PM Author: sol
I searched a bit online but I couldn't find any reference to these emergency phone lights being MV. Some universities are doing away with them altogether because they cost quite a bit to maintain and they are under-utilized as well as a source of nuisance calls. Smart phone apps have replaced most of them.
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Jul 13, 2019 at 08:36 PM Author: joseph_125
Nice light. The TTC subway in Toronto has a ton of similar vapour tight fixtures with blue lights. They're located at each end of the platform in the stations and every so often along the tracks at traction power emergency cut out stations. The blue lights are used to indicate the status of the traction power circuit. They were incandescent until a few years ago. Now they have been fitted with screw in LEDs.
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Jul 13, 2019 at 09:06 PM Author: socketgeek63
Interesting @ Joseph 125!

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Jul 13, 2019 at 11:26 PM Author: Roi_hartmann
Wow, that is really awesome looking fixture. Especially because of the blue glass.

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Jul 13, 2019 at 11:42 PM Author: socketgeek63
Thanks!

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Jul 14, 2019 at 06:22 PM Author: veryhighonoutput
Awesome fixture!!!

T12/ t17 there's a reason they made heavy magnetic ballasts

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Jul 14, 2019 at 06:30 PM Author: socketgeek63
Thanks! Even when it’s not powered, I like the appearance of the blue glass jar in daylight.

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Jul 14, 2019 at 06:30 PM Author: socketgeek63
Thanks! Even when it’s not powered, I like the appearance of the blue glass jar in daylight.

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Jul 14, 2019 at 06:58 PM Author: veryhighonoutput
I bet this had a 130 volt 60 watt clear possibly

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Jul 14, 2019 at 07:44 PM Author: sol
Oh, these are also used as backstage lighting in theatres. They are supposedly less noticeable by the audience but give enough light for the cast to see back there during the performances. They would have had back in the day about 60W incandescents.
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Jul 14, 2019 at 09:16 PM Author: socketgeek63

I bet this had a 130 volt 60 watt clear possibly

There was no bulb supplied with this fixture when I got it, fixture appears as NOS as there was little rust or corrosion.

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Jul 14, 2019 at 09:27 PM Author: socketgeek63

Oh, these are also used as backstage lighting in theatres. They are supposedly less noticeable by the audience but give enough light for the cast to see back there during the performances. They would have had back in the day about 60W incandescents.

Interesting use, I think I may had seen in an certain movie or TV show where these fixtures mounted around an makeup mirror that actors or performers would of used. Possibly lower wattage bulbs would of been used. As far as any studio makeup mirrors seen in shows, those seem like there been various bulb and fixture or socket setups on those over the years. Example one mirror might have 4 inch porcelain sockets flush mounted or on surface mounted octagon boxes and may even have the wire bulb guards clamped onto the light sockets and some older ones way back when might of simply used cleat sockets.

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Jul 15, 2019 at 05:15 AM Author: sol
These weren’t for makeup mirrors but for the space immediately behind the stage curtains. Typically, makeup mirrors are located in another room and they have plenty of light, usually fluorescent lamps.

The blue lights are used as security lights so the actors can see back there when the stage is dark during the performance.

Most stages also have a set of fluorescent lights to use as work lights but those are typically not used during performances.
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