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Rare Mercury Vapor Shopping Center Lighting Still Goin Strong in 2018--Old K-Mart

Rare Mercury Vapor Shopping Center Lighting Still Goin Strong in 2018--Old K-Mart

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This is one of the few shopping centers that still has all Mercury Vapor parking lot lights. This was originally a K-mart Shopping Center in Marietta, GA...it has LONG since been gone but the original lighting remains, and is day-burning!

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Jun 21, 2018 at 09:23 AM Author: lightinglover8902
Looks like those are GE M250s.

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Jun 21, 2018 at 12:22 PM Author: GeorgiaLights
I think you are correct!
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Jun 21, 2018 at 03:33 PM Author: streetlight98
These are GE M-250R1s, and they're late 70s/early 80s vintage. Looks like they were actually HPS originally. Likely still are, just running the wrong lamps, unless they were converted to MH.

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Jun 21, 2018 at 05:42 PM Author: GeorgiaLights
This particular older shopping center has all of the light poles dayburning and they all looked green (more than what I photographed), i'm pretty confident that its MV lamps but I know MH can turn green too.
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Jun 21, 2018 at 06:25 PM Author: High Intensity
There's a shopping center near me that has a mix of mercury vapor, metal halide high pressure sodium and LED lights lighting up the parking lot.

Old lighting is, and will always be, the best lighting.

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Jun 21, 2018 at 08:46 PM Author: takemorepills

This particular older shopping center has all of the light poles dayburning and they all looked green (more than what I photographed), i'm pretty confident that its MV lamps but I know MH can turn green too.


When a bunch of MH's get old, they turn all different sorts of colors. So, if all the lights look green, most definitely MV.
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Jun 22, 2018 at 06:42 PM Author: streetlight98
These definitely are clear MV lamps. You can tell by the long arc tube through the glass. What I meant by MH was that the original HPS gear may have been replaced with MH gear at some point, which is running the MV lamps. MV lamps will run on HPS gear but they'd have to disconnect the ignitors for it to last. But these were definitely OEM HPS lights as there are 250W HPS tags right on the doors. These fixtures would date from ~1977 to April 1985.

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Jun 22, 2018 at 07:30 PM Author: nogden
I love this pole/arm style. They look like little seedlings springing up from the ground!
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Jun 23, 2018 at 06:48 AM Author: Cole D.
I like the pole too, I guess this is what shopping centers and mall parking lots used before shoeboxes. My former Kmart at the mall has shoeboxes in the parking lot, but the old shopping center where the first Kmart was in the 70s and 80s used to have similar poles but four arm style. But they have been replaced with shoeboxes in recent years.

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Jun 23, 2018 at 03:40 PM Author: streetlight98
I'm unsure how long Kmart has been around here since I've never seen cobraheads in their parking lots; only shoe boxes. Granted all the ones here are part of a larger shopping center, not standalone stores.

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Jun 24, 2018 at 02:52 PM Author: Cole D.
I don't think I've ever seen any by themselves. I feel like the only one I've been to is the one here, but I might have been to one down south when I was visiting my aunt in south Florida.

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Jun 24, 2018 at 04:16 PM Author: Lightingguy1994
The stickers on the fixtures look white, doesn't the colour of the sticker mean the lamp type ? yellow for HPS, white for MH and blue for MV or red/white for pulse MH.

Also, aren't HPS and Mv lamps incompatible in North America? even without the ignitor
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Jun 24, 2018 at 04:59 PM Author: streetlight98
The tags are silver, not white. GE used gold foil NEMA tags for HPS until 1987. The gold hue quickly faded to silver after about five years or so. Also, white is not the color for MH, red is. White is used for newer lamps like induction and LED. MV lamps will work on HPS gear. They might not run to spec and might not last their rated life but they will work.

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