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7 Watt PL Fluorescent PAR-38 Retrofit Kit Disassembled

7 Watt PL Fluorescent PAR-38 Retrofit Kit Disassembled

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I don't know the manufacturer as the label dissapeared years ago! This was a vain attempt to save on lighting costs at my high school. These were installed in the front office , one hallway and a couple of store rooms (this was "borrowed" from one of the store rooms !) These replaced a mixture of 135w A-21's, 150w R-40's and 120w PAR-38's in surface mount cans with flat black interiors. ALL of these and the cans were replaced with 2X2 surface mount fluorescent fixtures with either 2-6" leg or 3-3 5/8" leg u-bend lamps ( the 3 lamp units were used to replace the cans with 2 lamps inside, one for the standard light and the other for use with the generator system ) THESE WERE A VERY DIM, DUMB IDEA !

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Manufacturer:?
Model Reference:?
Lamp
Lamp Type:7w PL Fluorescent
Base:Medium
Shape/Finish:PAR-38
Fixture
Fixture Type:Retrofit
Location:my collection
Electrical
Wattage:7
Voltage:120
Optical
Lumen Output:Not much !!!!!
Color Temperature:2700 K
Physical/Production
Dimensions:8"L X 4.75" W
Fabrication Date:Early to mid 80's
Application/Use:Anywhere you want DIM lighting !

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Jul 14, 2019 at 12:52 AM Author: ace100w120v
So '80s/early '90s...
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Jul 14, 2019 at 01:07 AM Author: James
If I remember rightly, these were originally promoted in USA by Lithonia Lighting, a fixture manufacturer. Philips made a similar version but with an open-faced clip-on reflector, and Duro-Test had another version with a blown glass R40 reflector. If you really want to know who made this PAR38 type will look through some back-issues of Lighting Design & Application from the 1980s, they used to publish an excellent annual progress review each December of all new lamps that had been launched on the US market during the past year, making it quite easy to discover who launched what and when.
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Jul 14, 2019 at 10:26 AM Author: streetlight98
Nice! I have some similar ones with a twist-on R40 reflector that use 13W quad lamps.

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Jul 14, 2019 at 10:29 AM Author: fluorescent lover 40
Looks like mine (made by Spectrum lighting based in Chino, CA). I actually got two of these but one was dead and the other is cracked and hums like a slimline fixture lol. I also have a NOS Feit "R30" kit.

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Jul 14, 2019 at 12:08 PM Author: Lumex120
Those recessed cans with the black inside were one of the stupidest things I have ever seen to be honest. The black finish absorbs at least 70% of the light output from the bulb.

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Jul 14, 2019 at 02:18 PM Author: merc
Interesting system.

Not a misoLEDist...

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Jul 14, 2019 at 07:25 PM Author: Patrick
I have one of those puck bases as well, but without the floodlight attachment.

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Jul 14, 2019 at 07:41 PM Author: sol
The library building at my university was full of them. I remember they were quad lamps, not sure if they were 13W or 9W. They were quite noisy. A couple had lost their reflector/glass parts as they fell down to the ground and broke. I believe they are all gone now as most of the building has gone to the LED.
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Jul 14, 2019 at 07:43 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
Thanks everyone !
@ ace100w120v : Yep!
@ James : Great idea, I'll have to do that !
@ streetlight98 : I bet they're brighter than this
@ fluorescentlover40 : Yours looks much shorter than this and probably fits better in a std fixture, this thing is 8" long!
@ Lumex120 : VERY STUPID ! one of the maintenance guys and I decided to try painting one white inside and even with a A-21 bulb it was WAY brighter !
@ merc : interesting and dumb at the same time ! Being only 7 watts it's nowhere near the lumens of the std 150w PAR-38 flood it was to replace.
@ Patrick : Yours looks almost exactly like mine except for the tension springs that hold the flood portion on .

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