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Louvered lights in a classic building

Louvered lights in a classic building

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There are lots of these in an upstairs hallway of a building at Clemson University that was built in 1953. Also in the building are Lithonia louvered fixtures, both 2 and 4 lamp, and some 8' Slimline troffers. Most of the lights including these louvered ones have been converted to T8, but the strips in the display case in the background are still T12 (and were once preheat).

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Lamp
Lamp Type:Fluorescent
Fixture
Fixture Type:Louvered flush mount
Ballast Type:T8 HF (instant start?)
Location:Olin Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
Electrical
Wattage:2 x 32 W
Voltage:120 V (most likely)
Physical/Production
Factory Location:USA
Fabrication Date:~1953

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Sep 05, 2019 at 08:47 PM Author: Dan The Bulb Man
I really wish lighting (and this style) was still around.
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Sep 05, 2019 at 08:50 PM Author: joseph_125
Yeah, over here Lithonia was one of the last companies to make a louvered fixture but they stopped making them in 2008 or so. This style seemed to have died out before then though. I think the newest building I've seen these lights in was from the early 80s.
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Sep 05, 2019 at 08:53 PM Author: CEB1993
Nice! Looks like a "batwing" light distribution with light emitted from the top and bottom of the fixtures, and limited horizontal light. Really cool how these 1950's fixtures have lasted and lasted up until today

Philips DuraMax and GE Miser forever!  Classic incandescents are the best incandescents!

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Sep 05, 2019 at 08:56 PM Author: joseph_125
I've always liked how these looked when stem mounted in continuous rows.
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Sep 06, 2019 at 01:06 PM Author: DieselNut
Very nice!! At least T8 conversions do not ruin the fixture.

Preheat Fluorescents forever!
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Sep 06, 2019 at 01:08 PM Author: DieselNut
@Joseph_125, I believe Sim-Kar made louvered fixtures up until a few years ago. They also made better than average industrial type fixtures up until at least about the same time.

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Sep 06, 2019 at 01:54 PM Author: Dan The Bulb Man

Very nice!! At least T8 conversions do not ruin the fixture.

An then if anyone were to aquire a fixture it could be made preheat again!
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Sep 06, 2019 at 10:26 PM Author: joseph_125
Interesting to know. I wonder sometimes if any of the smaller fluorescent fixture manufacturers still make a louvered style fixture like these.

Yeah T8 and even a LED conversion with drop in tubes don't ruin the fixture. Just don't get me started on those crappy retrofit kits that sometimes get installed.
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