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Philips TMX 100 from 1983

Philips TMX 100 from 1983

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This is a picture of the Philips TMX 100 fixture we have in our shop, almost 30 years old but looks like new. I changed the lamps in 1990 from colour 33 to 83 wich still burns 8 till 10 hours everyday from then. I think one of these days these lamps will be EOL.

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Album name:Made in Holland / Fluorescent Fixtures Philips
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GEC Z9464 90w SOX/LPS


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Sep 14, 2011 at 05:16 AM Author: Al_M
These look a lot like the Philips TMS batten sold in New Zealand and Australia in the 1990's. The only difference that I can see is the TMS batten has rounded edges on the lampholders instead of squared-off edges like on your version. I don't know where the TMS is made though, I think it was the first Philips batten sold in NZ to be made off-shore.

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Sep 14, 2011 at 01:15 PM Author: Kev
Very similar to a couple Philips fittings i have except the starter is side mounted?

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Sep 14, 2011 at 01:24 PM Author: Made in Holland
I like these TMX fixtures alot because they are strongly made and you can see the whole starter. Most fixtures have the starter socket inside and you can only see the top of them.
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Sep 14, 2011 at 01:39 PM Author: MetalHalideHater
Kev- do you have the 8 footers. I have PMed you.
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Sep 14, 2011 at 02:01 PM Author: Kev
Hi MHH yes i did get your PM but i have been on 17th corse monday and tuesday then today i have been mentle at work. I will have to get them prepped to send too bubble wrap ETC

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Sep 14, 2011 at 03:15 PM Author: MetalHalideHater
Thanks. I can only imagine how busy life can be in the workplace.
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Sep 14, 2011 at 03:17 PM Author: Kev
Car park today i had to look at 100HF to replace

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Sep 14, 2011 at 03:30 PM Author: MetalHalideHater
OMG- why can't people fit good old technology like in this picture that works forever.
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Sep 14, 2011 at 03:32 PM Author: Ash
I have seen some early 80's fixtures of the same style as this labelled as Telefunken. The end plates (with 2 lamps and starter) were "old TV screen" shaped

Most better quality fixtures here with starter have the entire starter sticking out of the side of the fixture, near one of the ends. In 2-lamp fixtures the starters are near each other on the same side
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Sep 15, 2011 at 02:13 AM Author: Lampwizard
I have the same fixture type in my attic, equipped with 2x TL65W/27 De Luxe. This is quality!

Your fixture was made in March 1983 (C3) in the Dutch Philips factory in Oss (LA). The ballasts inside are from the same factory too. Lamps are from production January 1990.

Philips colour 27: best fluorescent tube colour.

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Sep 15, 2011 at 08:11 AM Author: Made in Holland
Oke, I didnt know what the `LA` means in this code but now its clear. Its very good quality material, also the lamps, are still runnning 8 hours a day from the time we bought them in 1990. I dont think anyone can make profit out of these longlasting products, except me offcourse!!
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Sep 15, 2011 at 02:20 PM Author: lj-TL
Burning for eight hours a day from 1990 would make 61.320 burning-hours till now, and the tubes still don't have that extreme end-blackening for as far as I can see on your photo. Quality you don't see anymore nowadays, unfortunately.
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Sep 15, 2011 at 03:08 PM Author: Made in Holland
Hi Lj, i made a calculation also. Its around 40 hours a week and we close 3-4 weeks a year during holidays so thats around 2000 hours a year, this for 21.5 years now is total around 42.000 hours. Is this normal for this kind of lamps?
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Sep 15, 2011 at 03:16 PM Author: lj-TL
The Philips lamps with CCT&CRI indication like '82', '83' et cetera I think personally are the toughest ever made. Fluorescents nowadays have a rated lifespan of approx. 20 kHrs
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Sep 15, 2011 at 03:34 PM Author: TL buis
I've seen this fixture a lot of times. I like them very much. Very strong and reliable ever made from Philips (better than the late TMX200/204 fixtures). The lamps where absolutely the best there ever made!!! I'm working in my free time in a recycling store and use ( if they will be brought in) them for a long time. Most of the newer types will run for max 7 years, this type and before still run.
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Jan 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM Author: Made in Holland
One lamp has reach eol today after 22 years...
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Jan 27, 2012 at 05:51 PM Author: Dave the lighting guy
i can remember my dad telling me back in 2009 when he came home from helping a mate out that there is an old fluorescent fitting in this blokes garage where they were working. it was put up 1960's and STILL has the original tube. when he asked the old man about it, he told him that he occasionally removes it, cleans it and put it back in the fitting. apparently its dimmed down to a dull brown colour, but theres still enough light to work in there. hows that for quality?
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Jan 17, 2013 at 03:15 PM Author: Jasper
Similar to my fixture, that i saved frome the scrapheap. Mine looks also as new whith 2011 (Recycling bin! new tubes!) 830 philips tubes, mine is from around the earley 1980s. I think, that it is looking the best with two 40W T12 tubes.
Its hanging on the wall, and i converted it to run upper tube, bottom tube or both on a two knobs switch.
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Feb 08, 2013 at 03:12 PM Author: Made in Holland
These fixtures are trown away alot because of the newer t5 where installed....
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Nov 23, 2014 at 04:56 AM Author: TL buis
Sadly, yes. But now a lot of LED is coming into place. One of our shop was caught by a small electrical fire and all TMX 200 fixtures are replaced by LED.
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May 03, 2019 at 11:27 AM Author: Made in Holland
I am looking for these tmx100 for our sports club, maybe somebody who has complete fixtures for sale or the lamp fittings
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