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GEC Solarrcolour 400w HPS good ol British lamp made for export!

GEC Solarrcolour 400w HPS good ol British lamp made for export!

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Believe it or not, this is an export version made by GEC in England. I don't know how it works.. GEC had an agreement with GE not to do business here in the states? Maybe things started to change in the 1980s? I have a GEC 175w clear merc made in England in 1968, but it had the name Royal Ascot. I got two of the GEC 400w HPS lamps here from a USA seller. They look to be well made. Later this week I'll treat this to some American hospitality by lighting it in my 2002 GE M400A 400w HPS street light!

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Manufacturer:General Electric Company of England, Ltd
Lamp
Lamp Type:HPS
Filament/Radiator Type:PCA arc tube
Base:E39s
Shape/Finish:T15
Electrical
Wattage:400w
Voltage:105v
Current:around 4A
Optical
Lumen Output:50,000 lumens
Lumen Efficacy:125 lpw
Color Temperature:2100K
Color Rendering Index:22
Physical/Production
Dimensions:9 inches long
Factory Location:Shaw, England
Fabrication Date:May 1986

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sailormoon_01_uk
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Feb 26, 2018 at 06:50 PM Author: sailormoon_01_uk
Yep GEC were part of Osram-GEC in the UK yes they were one of the best Lamp and Lighting Manufacturers until they were sold off to OSRAM-GmbH in 1989, anyway your lamp should work on the American S51 Ballast/Ignitor as they are electrically the same,

These Lamps were sold in the UK under the SOLARCOLOUR Range.
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Feb 26, 2018 at 10:58 PM Author: Silverliner
That's a cool name, like how GE calls their HPS line Lucalox.

May all the great lighting technologies have their place in history.

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Feb 27, 2018 at 01:12 AM Author: ricksbulbs
Dave---just be glad Lucas never made bulbs! (actually they DID---I have an old tin LUCAS spare bulb carrier for cars with the bulbs!) Because Lucas is known as "the Prince of Darkness" and if you had a Lucas 400 watt HPS, and switched it on, apparently the area gets DARKER as it sucks any remaining light out of the surrounding area and converts it to a smoking ballast! Of course, the ballast has to be Lucas for that to work! (I have a few 2 stroke British stationary engines that made the trip 'cross the pond in the early-mid 1990's, and a couple have Lucas magnetos, and it is a miracle they actually produce a spark! Actually, they work quite well and are well made!) But you gotta poke a little fin at poor old John Lucas, poor chap had to go into the automotive, motorcycle, and stationary engine electrical components business 'lest he starve, and never really got it "quoite roight" as the British say! The term "Short circuit" was invented by Lucas whilst building MG and Triumph cars, when a bloke said, "Roight this car has a bloody short circuit innit" and the boss looked to see why, and saw the wires were too bloody short to reach the terminal board, so hence the term "short" circuit! British electrical appliances and lamps are perfectly safe, as long as you don't connect the plug to mains power, and if you do, have fun with that and make sure your fire insurance it up to date! Actually, I love British electrical things, and also their 2 stroke stationary antique engines, mile always start on 1-2 swings of the crank, and run like fine watches! My 1931 1.5 HP, 248 cc single cylinder water hopper cooled Villiers WX-11/WAH is beautiful, even has solid cast bronze water cooled cylinder head! How many engines have you ever seen with bronze cylinder head? EXACTLY. Cheerio, then! ROIGHT!
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Feb 27, 2018 at 06:17 AM Author: rjluna2
Oh, how I love Rick's rant in his British style

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Feb 28, 2018 at 10:08 PM Author: funkybulb
Lol

Nice find silverliner.

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