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General Electric Power Bracket Reflectors NOS

General Electric Power Bracket Reflectors NOS

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Had four left over NOS GE large Power Bracket reflectors. Widelite1000 is getting one gray and the silver for his collection.

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Manufacturer:General Electric
Model Reference:Power Bracket
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Fixture Type:Street/Area Lighting

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May 05, 2019 at 11:19 AM Author: Cole D.
I love those Powr/Bracket with the 16" refractor. One day if I have a house, I want one. These were rare around here, I think they were a little before my time, but I saw one as a kid and it got me started on streetlights, loved the green MV color too. Sadly, it was removed recently for an LED after sitting dormant since then. I tried to get the electric company to give/sell me any they removed that might still be around, but they weren't interested.

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May 05, 2019 at 11:33 AM Author: GE101R

I love those Powr/Bracket with the 16" refractor. One day if I have a house, I want one. These were rare around here, I think they were a little before my time, but I saw one as a kid and it got me started on streetlights, loved the green MV color too. Sadly, it was removed recently for an LED after sitting dormant since then. I tried to get the electric company to give/sell me any they removed that might still be around, but they weren't interested.


These came with 400 MV's that I purchased years ago and were sent as extra's in case some were bent during transit.
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May 05, 2019 at 11:51 AM Author: streetlight98
I don't think I've ever seen a large bucket on a GE Powr/Bracket in person. Powr/Brackets are extremely rare here. Any I've seen in person have been 175W MV or 100W HPS, all with the 12" bucket optics.

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May 05, 2019 at 12:01 PM Author: GE101R

I don't think I've ever seen a large bucket on a GE Powr/Bracket in person. Powr/Brackets are extremely rare here. Any I've seen in person have been 175W MV or 100W HPS, all with the 12" bucket optics.

The 400W units had the thicker and larger plastic refractors because of the heat/UV rays from the larger lamps. They have a larger diameter to dissipate some of the heat. At one time GE used glass refractors on their 250 Watt units but later allowed plastics.
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May 05, 2019 at 12:01 PM Author: Cole D.
All of the ones around here were/are 400W MVs so naturally they all had the 16" refractor. They were probably 70s/early mid 80s. When they switched to HPS, I guess they went to the American Electric 165, I'm guessing. Because I've never seen an HPS Powr/Bracket here nor a MV 165. After the 165s they switched to regular NEMA heads. But I have seen both MV and HPS NEMAs so go figure. It might just be because that's what I'm used to, but I greatly prefer how Powr/Bracket look with the large optics.

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May 05, 2019 at 12:05 PM Author: GE101R

All of the ones around here were/are 400W MVs so naturally they all had the 16" refractor. They were probably 70s/early mid 80s. When they switched to HPS, I guess they went to the American Electric 165, I'm guessing. Because I've never seen an HPS Powr/Bracket here nor a MV 165. After the 165s they switched to regular NEMA heads. But I have seen both MV and HPS NEMAs so go figure. It might just be because that's what I'm used to, but I greatly prefer how Powr/Bracket look with the large optics.


I have been trying to find a good A/E 165 for almost a decade. Nowhere to be found.
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May 05, 2019 at 12:19 PM Author: Lumex120
You could maybe just order one from your local electrical distributors. That way you could add on all sorts of bells and whistles like a glass refractor.

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May 05, 2019 at 12:35 PM Author: Cole D.

I have been trying to find a good A/E 165 for almost a decade. Nowhere to be found.


The A/E 165 was still quite common here of a few years ago, they were mostly seen as rental lights or sometimes at intersections. My elementary school was build in 1991 and had them at the entrances and roads leading in. In last few years though any HID lights get replaced with LED even if just needs a photocell or new bucket. So a lot have been replaced. It's a little more difficult to replace a ballast in arm with an LED than a NEMA since a NEMA they can use the existing arm. I know of two 165s still in use. If a rental light is no longer used though, they just remove the photocell and leave the fixture up, so a few are still around like that. I don't know of any Powr/Brackets still in use, but with how long MV can last, who knows there could be one in a back street somewhere still working.

It is annoying to see favorite fixtures getting replaced and not able to get it. I never see them replacing them though, I just see the LED pop up a few days later.

Funny thing in my area, the Powr/Brackets and A/E 165 seem to be seen in groups. So if you see a Powr/Bracket on a road, likely there's a 165 somewhere around.

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May 05, 2019 at 07:27 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
The only thing I don't like about the large powr/bracket refractors is they accumulate a ton of dust and dirt inside due to their open bottom and tapered shape. mine was FILTHY when I got it !

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May 05, 2019 at 07:56 PM Author: GE101R

The only thing I don't like about the large powr/bracket refractors is they accumulate a ton of dust and dirt inside due to their open bottom and tapered shape. mine was FILTHY when I got it !

I have some enclosed that were full of bugs and dirt as well. That was one of the reasons of the open bottom, to stop bugs from collecting on the bottom and blocking the light distribution.
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May 05, 2019 at 08:42 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
The tapered shape lets so much dirt build up on the inside of the refractor that they kinda turn into FCO lights

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May 06, 2019 at 12:31 PM Author: GE101R

You could maybe just order one from your local electrical distributors. That way you could add on all sorts of bells and whistles like a glass refractor.


I tried that already. They are retail retail unless you have a commercial account and when I retired, I closed all of my accounts.
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