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Childhood dream came true. . .

Childhood dream came true. . .

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My childhood dream just came true! Finally I was able to find a F40T12 tube with a magnetic particle inside, so I COULD CLEAR IT! I finally have my most desired lamp since my childhood - a clear F40T12 fluorescent tube!!!!
My obsession with having a clear F40T12 tube became a thing in 2010 when I watched a youtube video of a very lucky guy having clear (non-germicidal, just for science visualization) F40T12 fluorescent tube. The guy's channel name is WhiteSoldier86. Do same of you know him? He lives in Poland and he does not have gallery account in this site. But he has a huge lamp collection. I really wanted to have a clear F40T12 tube, and my dreams just came true!!! The tube is made by Pila company in 1990s (and yes, it is a NOS vintage tube, and I am not feeling guilty for ruining it, because I have 27 of NOS Pila daylight tubes) How I managed to clear this tube was just plain luck. This particular tube had one of the two magnetic wires, that were wrapped around the mercury capsule on the cathode shield, loose rattling around in the tube, and I used a magnet to scrape off the phosphor.

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Light Information

Manufacturer:Pila (Polish Philips)
Model Reference:Daylight F40T12
Lamp Type:Fluorescent
Filament/Radiator Type:double coil
Base:G13 bipin
Service Life:approx 30k hours (Pila tubes, especially the early made ones from 1980s were extremely durable and had exceptionally long life, not even joking)
Lumen Output:High
Lumen Efficacy:High
Color Temperature:6500k
Color Rendering Index:High
Factory Location:Poland, Pila
Fabrication Date:1995
Application/Use:experimental internally cleared out fluorescent tube

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Mar 14, 2019 at 01:48 PM Author: dor123
Here is the user of WhiteSoldier86 in LG.

Please don't ruin a good lamp.

I"m don't speak English well, and rely on online translating to write in this site.
Please forgive me if my choice of my words looks like offensive, while that isn't my intention.

I only working with the European date format (

I lives in Israel, which is a 230-240V, 50hz country.


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Mar 14, 2019 at 02:12 PM Author: vytautas_lamps

Here is the user of WhiteSoldier86 in LG.

Please don't ruin a good lamp.

I didn't ruin it, I made it BETTER! Thanks for telling me his gallery name, I thought he didn't have an account here

New lighting technologies is a pity fest everywhere you look. From LEDs that last only for two months, to a never-ending global starvation of t8 fluorescent tubes.
We shall reinforce ourselves with good old full mercury t12s and HIDs made to surpass one's life, and give them all the middle finger ;

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Mar 14, 2019 at 06:36 PM Author: arcblue
Great electrode shots! Looks similar to the Philips germicidal lamps in construction with the cathode guards. At least by making this clear it won't hurt your eyes like a germicidal lamp. If something broke off inside it would've likely become scratched up inside anyway, so it makes sense to scratch as much phosphor off as possible.

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