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Fluorescent Highway lights on the Don Valley Parkway

Fluorescent Highway lights on the Don Valley Parkway

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This was the illumination set-up for all of the 1960's and half of the 1970's in Toronto, Ontario.
This picture shows the Don Valley parkway in 1966. This lighting was installed in 1961, and converted into SOX in 1975 which remained in use until the early 2000's.

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Oct 30, 2019 at 09:36 PM Author:
Sharp! A good pictorial.
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Oct 30, 2019 at 09:39 PM Author: joseph_125
Nice picture, I think the lights on the DVP might have used twin 4' PG lamps. There's a picture in the Toronto archives that shows the underside of a illuminated fixture on the DVP and you can sort of make out the indentations of a PG17 lamp. I believe the LPS on this section lasted until 2001 or so. Replaced with HPS highmast lighting.

The signs have largely kept the same vintage style but are modern reflective sheeted versions installed in the 90s or so replacing the vintage button copy ones in the picture.
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Oct 30, 2019 at 09:56 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
Very cool!

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Oct 30, 2019 at 11:53 PM Author: Columbo

Nice picture, I think the lights on the DVP might have used twin 4' PG lamps. There's a picture in the Toronto archives that shows the underside of a illuminated fixture on the DVP and you can sort of make out the indentations of a PG17 lamp. I believe the LPS on this section lasted until 2001 or so. Replaced with HPS highmast lighting.

The signs have largely kept the same vintage style but are modern reflective sheeted versions installed in the 90s or so replacing the vintage button copy ones in the picture.


Yes, I know exactly which picture you are talking about. There is also a photograph of Frederick Gardiner standing on the yet-to-be opened Gardiner Expressway where you see the longer fixtures illuminated for testing. I wish these were still in use today. They are significantly more majestic than the L.E.D. toilet seats they are so fond of here.

Streetlights are most often overlooked by society as we go about in life. I have had an interest and fascination for them since I was very little. I love drawing detailed city-scapes and the streetlights are my signature. They always play an important role in my drawings. Like Bob Ross' clouds.

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Oct 31, 2019 at 03:57 PM Author: joseph_125
Here's the picture btw, if you look closely at the lit up lamp, you can make out the grooves in it. The ones on the Gardiner are the 6' versions which only saw use on the there for reason. The Spadina/Allen Expressway and the DVP used the 4' version. There's a couple privately owned ones left in a parking but they haven't worked for years. What I would like to find is a good vintage shot of the Gardiner railing lighting which is mostly gone now. There's a small section of non functional railing lights on the WB Jarvis ramp.



Toronto is still mostly a HID lit city but the rest of the GTA is mostly LED now, that area showing the Gardiner with Fredrick Gardiner standing is now lit with HPS AEL 125s.
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