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Vintage Moe Light 4-lamp Fluorescent Fixtures Lit

Vintage Moe Light 4-lamp Fluorescent Fixtures Lit

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Here they are, reassembled and connected to test power. The five good Daylight lamps are all in the front. The two Cool White lamps, and the last Ecolux Daylight lamp are all modern replacements for the ones that were spent when I got them.

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Light Information

Light Information

Manufacturer:Moe Brothers Manufacturing
Model Reference:M-2404
Lamp
Lamp Type:Linear Fluorescent
Shape/Finish:T12
Fixture
Ballast Type:L.P.F.
Socket Type:Kulka Medium Bi-Pin (G13)
Electrical
Wattage:4-20
Voltage:118v 60 Cycles AC
Current:1.4 amps
Optical
Color Temperature:6500 K
Physical/Production
Dimensions:26.75"x10.5"x3.5"
Factory Location:USA
Fabrication Date:Early 50s

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Oct 29, 2010 at 01:23 AM Author: DaveMan
I assume the ones at the bottom are the vintage GE brassenders. The beryllium phosphor lamps had a unique tone to their color when lit. They were a bit pinker than the later halophosphate lamp phosphors.

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Oct 29, 2010 at 01:25 AM Author: icefoglights
The three on the bottom are vintage GE but they aren't brassenders. They have regular aluminum endcaps with round black insulators. There's an etch shot in this album.

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Oct 29, 2010 at 01:32 AM Author: DaveMan
Oddly enough, I still suspect they may have been in the beryllium phosphor era, and thus be beryllium phosphor tubes. I say that since Jeremiah J-Frog found a 3 lamp half piper that came with 3 really old GE lamps that had the aluminum end cap with bug eye insulators, but were beryllium 4500K white lamps. 2 worked and one was spent. Come to think of it, if that is the case, then the one brassender that came with your fixtures almost certainly contains beryllium phosphor.

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Oct 29, 2010 at 04:52 AM Author: jercar954
What a find!!! Beautiful!!!!!!!

Preheat and T-12 fluorescents forever! Down with LED's and instant start T-8 fluorescents.

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Oct 29, 2010 at 04:56 AM Author: DieselNut
The one "spent" lamp in mine will light on a 3 lamp F32T8 IS ballast wired for double overdrive. It has good filaments, but appears mercury starved. I am hoping I can cook the mercury back out. LOL did you have any dead starters, icefoglights? Interesting that it is "Moe Lighting" make. Mine had a little yellow tag that appeared to say "Moe Bros" on it. Are your starters all Dura spec no. 6?

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Oct 29, 2010 at 03:36 PM Author: icefoglights
One of mine had the little yellow sticker too, but I didn't look too closely at it. It's kinda torn and the "Moe" is all that caught my eye. The three spent lamps all have intact cathodes too, and just blink when connected to a preheat circuit. They also came with 8 Dura Spec #6 starters, but two were bad. One had a toasted cap and bad glowbottle. The other just had a bad glowbottle with a mint looking cap.

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Oct 29, 2010 at 04:36 PM Author: DieselNut
Looks like we both got some well preserved, near original beauties!

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Oct 29, 2010 at 11:22 PM Author: icefoglights
I did some searching. Moe Brothers Manufacturing was started in 1929. In 1948 they changed their name to Moe Light. In 1953 they changed it again to Thomas Industries. They still exist as today as a subsidiarity of Philips.

I found that on the Thomas Lighting History page.

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Oct 30, 2010 at 11:56 AM Author: DieselNut
Awesome information, icefoglights! I am going to hang my little fixture soon. I am going to try to make some mounting pins for it and see how they look first.

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