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GE M-400 from the EMT pole I.D. Tag

GE M-400 from the EMT pole I.D. Tag

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This is the other M-400 from the car wash where the 700 watt OV-50 and the "Swiss cheese " refractor M-400 came from here in Grove City. The EMT pole got taken down today in preparation for the NEW pole !
Date Code BG This light has the blank casting for a P/C

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Light Information

Light Information

Manufacturer:General Electric
Model Reference:M-400
Lamp
Lamp Type:400 w Mercury Vapor
Filament/Radiator Type:Arc-tube
Base:Mogul
Shape/Finish:ED-37 Deluxe White
Fixture
Fixture Type:Cobra- head
Ballast Type:H-33
Socket Type:Mogul
Location:my collection
Electrical
Wattage:400
Voltage:240/480
Current:1.9 / 1.0 amp
Physical/Production
Factory Location:Hendersonville, North Carolina
Fabrication Date:Date Code BG
Application/Use:streetlighting/ parking lot lighting

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Aug 13, 2019 at 08:20 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
BG is February 1971. Doesn't seem right.

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Aug 13, 2019 at 08:35 PM Author: wide-lite 1000

BG is February 1971. Doesn't seem right.


Streetlight98 said the same thing sometime ago . At the time I couldn't check the tag to verify the info I had written down as the light was mounted on the pole. When did production of these end ? I had mentioned this light in an earlier post of someone else's M-400.

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Aug 13, 2019 at 08:40 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
Around 1969-1970 I believe.

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Aug 13, 2019 at 08:45 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
Maybe these were made a little longer than everybody thought, or maybe even special ordered ?

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Aug 14, 2019 at 03:22 PM Author: streetlight98
Very strange indeed. Perhaps they made the M-400 "split door" and the classic M-400 at the same time for a short while. I think the split door version (M-400A body but with top-mounted ballast) was introduced sometime in 1970. AE did this with the Series 13 and 113 and Series 25 and 125. All four models plus the 313 and 325 Powerpads were made from the early-mid 80s to 1989.

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Aug 14, 2019 at 08:44 PM Author: wide-lite 1000

Very strange indeed. Perhaps they made the M-400 "split door" and the classic M-400 at the same time for a short while. I think the split door version (M-400A body but with top-mounted ballast) was introduced sometime in 1970. AE did this with the Series 13 and 113 and Series 25 and 125. All four models plus the 313 and 325 Powerpads were made from the early-mid 80s to 1989.


Apparently the M-400A came out in 1967 ! https://www.scribd.com/document/330188011/GE-Lighting-Systems-Area-Lighting-Catalog-1967 SEE PAGE 35.

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Aug 14, 2019 at 09:00 PM Author: streetlight98
The M400A came out in 1966. However the M400 split door came out in 1970, which uses the M400A housing with a top mounted ballast. They're not the same thing.

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Aug 14, 2019 at 09:12 PM Author: wide-lite 1000

The M400A came out in 1966. However the M400 split door came out in 1970, which uses the M400A housing with a top mounted ballast. They're not the same thing.


Gotcha, one of these days I want to dig out my 2 split door lights. One was a 400w MV remote ballast (I-95 Ct.) and the other is 250w HPS and appears to be bare aluminum, no grey paint. I'm curious about the date codes on them now ! The remote ballast one had a Mid 70's vintage Sylvania girder frame in it when I got it back in the mid-80's.

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Aug 15, 2019 at 10:27 AM Author: streetlight98
Nice! Would love to see pics when you dig them out. If this nameplate is paper instead of foil, it's 1972 onward. A lot of times those paper labels become unreadable.

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Aug 15, 2019 at 03:00 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
Were the M-400 split doors ever made in natural finish or did the one just peel or something ?

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Aug 15, 2019 at 06:10 PM Author: streetlight98
All GE lights made after 1965 were painted gray, though custom colors were available for bulk orders. I've never seen a bare GE fixture from the "gray paint era" though. For the M-400 split door and M-400A Powr/Door, the ballast door overlaps the refractor door by like an inch in two spots. If you remove the ballast door, you will see the overlapped part, as the paint will still be fresh there (unless it really was bare). The 70s and especially 80s GE fixtures were notorious for loosing their paint. The paint almost always wears completely off the top of 80s GE fixture, though the bottom portion of the door usually retains most of its paint. If the entire fixture is 100% bare it probably was that way originally.

Places the paint usually remains on the M-400 split door and M-400A are between the doors, the hinge area, under the PC socket, and the bottom exterior of the door. The 80s GE lights were painted on the inside too, so the paint is usually like-new inside there unless it was a small high-wattage light (in which case soot marks stain the insides).

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Aug 15, 2019 at 09:04 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
Truthfully, I haven't seen this particular light in almost 5 yrs ! (currently buried in the back of the carport) so I don't actually remember WHAT form of grey it actually is ! I do remember that when I found it it wasn't the typical light gray paint color, it was much darker like an older M-400.

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