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LPS street light in Easley, SC

LPS street light in Easley, SC


Most of the street lights in Easley, South Carolina are these low-pressure sodium lights. I have never seen so many of them in any other place. Some of the smaller streets in the residential areas have a smaller type of LPS light. If you want to see just how many there are, search on Google Maps. These are easily visible using Street View.

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Lamp Type:SOX
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Fixture Type:Street light
Location:Easley, SC, USA
Electrical
Voltage:Probably 120
Optical
Color Temperature:Very low
Color Rendering Index:Very low

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Al_M
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GEC Z9464 90w SOX/LPS


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Aug 15, 2013 at 03:13 PM Author: Al_M
Looks similar to the British/European Philips MA/SRS series.

Yes you're right, that town appears to be full of SOX/LPS, must be rare for a city in the USA to have so many. It's certainly getting rare around the rest of the world sadly.

Traffic signals & street lighting engineer. Please bring SOX/LPS back Downunder!!

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Aug 15, 2013 at 05:23 PM Author: Danny
yeh I was thinking about the MA lanterns there lol
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Aug 15, 2013 at 05:30 PM Author: nicksfans
I think there's only one other place in the US where I've seen SOX lamps, and it was a parking lot or something like that. Never seen any other place where a whole town was lit with them. What really baffles me is why this was only done in one town. Maybe some sort of a long-term experiment?

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GEC Z9464 90w SOX/LPS


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Aug 15, 2013 at 05:48 PM Author: Al_M
Similar here in Australia, some localised areas seem to have held a preference for them. In general SOX/LPS was not that common around Aus however Adelaide in the state of South Australia has loads and loads of them. I'm not sure why, I thought maybe that Adelaide had a fog problem that LPS is good for cutting through but maybe they just preferred the efficiency of them.

Those smaller LPS streetlights in Easley are also used in Honolulu.

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Aug 15, 2013 at 06:47 PM Author: funkybulb
There also few sox in Arizona tunnels and in California have some sox as well. I grew up with them at the San Antonio Texas main post office.

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Aug 15, 2013 at 09:46 PM Author: icefoglights
I saw many LPS street lights in New York. Popular places are parts of Long Island and an area just north of the Bronx.

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Jun 01, 2014 at 12:09 AM Author: nicksfans
Well, I have some sad news about these lights. I was passing through Easley today for the first time in a few years, and noticed that almost all of the larger SOX/LPS lights had been removed in favor of...wait for it...Philips Hadco LEDs. Literally, I saw fewer than 10 of the big ones. Fortunately, there are plenty of the small ones left, but likely not for long. I guess I can't blame them; SOX components are insanely expensive here (don't know about Europe). It struck me as odd, however, that they practically converted all the lights on the larger roads to LED. I've never seen such a thorough conversion of streetlights. It definitely doesn't reflect nearby towns, where HPS and MV are still widespread. A lot of towns around here don't seem to have any LEDs at all. I'd love to talk to whomever is responsible for the lighting in Easley...between the huge SOX installation and now this, there's definitely something unusual going on.

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Jun 01, 2014 at 08:43 PM Author: icefoglights
The LED takeover here was pretty rapid, but went in the opposite order. It started out with lights on smaller residential roads, while larger lights on major roads are untouched. No unique LPS and even the MV has been gone for years. What got replaced were mostly 150w HPS cobraheads. Also noticed MH lights starting to go up too. I'll have to get pics of some of those.

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