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Westinghouse OV-50

Westinghouse OV-50

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My 700w Westy OV-50 this came from a local car wash here in Grove City

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Manufacturer:Westinghouse
Model Reference:OV-50
Lamp
Lamp Type:Westinghouse 700w H-35
Filament/Radiator Type:Arc-tube
Base:Mogul
Shape/Finish:BT-46 Color improved
Service Life:24,000 hrs
Fixture
Fixture Type:Cobra- head
Ballast Type:H-35
Socket Type:mogul
Photocell Type:NONE
Location:Personal collection
Electrical
Wattage:700
Voltage:120/240
Optical
Lumen Output:? I have no specs for a /C lamp
Physical/Production
Dimensions:39L X 18W X 16H (HUGE AND HEAVY!) Weight with lamp : 70 lbs !
Fabrication Date:APRIL '72

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Mar 26, 2019 at 05:56 PM Author: WestinghouseCeramalux
I've always wanted one of these...glad you have one!

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Mar 26, 2019 at 06:02 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
Thanks, I've been watching this for over 15 yrs finally figured out who owned it last spring literally days before it and 2 M-400's would have been LEDed ! (bought the M-400's too!) BTW there's a strip mall nearby that is full of these and GE M-1000's all 1000w MH

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Mar 26, 2019 at 08:09 PM Author: Lumex120
Were the M400s mercury vapor too?

Any machine is a smoke machine if you operate it wrong enough.

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Mar 26, 2019 at 08:21 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
Yes,and oddly enough both have 240/480 ballasts wired for 240 yet the OV-50 is 120/240 wired for 120 !

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Mar 26, 2019 at 08:47 PM Author: lightinglover8902
I seen these in a old grocery store parking lot.

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Mar 26, 2019 at 08:48 PM Author: Silverliner
Cool light. Always liked the OV50s. 700w MV? Very rare man. I’m still looking for one. Got lamps, but no ballast. DF is April ‘72.

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Mar 27, 2019 at 04:57 AM Author: HPSM250R2
Very nice
Can you post a picture showing the insides of this OV-50 so we can see the electrical gear and reflector?
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Mar 27, 2019 at 08:22 AM Author: GE101R
Shame Shame on you....I am jealous......LOL
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Mar 27, 2019 at 06:09 PM Author: wide-lite 1000

Very nice
Can you post a picture showing the insides of this OV-50 so we can see the electrical gear and reflector?



done !

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Mar 27, 2019 at 06:10 PM Author: wide-lite 1000

Shame Shame on you....I am jealous......LOL



C'mon, don't be a hater !

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Mar 27, 2019 at 10:55 PM Author: GE101R
Not.....Just joking.....Proud for you.
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Mar 28, 2019 at 04:53 PM Author: wide-lite 1000

Not.....Just joking.....Proud for you.



Thanks, same here !

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Mar 28, 2019 at 06:16 PM Author: rlshieldjr
There's a small shopping center with OV50s. Some have been fitted with LED inserts like corn cobs.
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Mar 28, 2019 at 07:23 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
I remember a plaza had over 100 of these (owned by K-Mart). Once the K-Mart went, the poles and lights went bye-bye and got replaced with new poles and lights.

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Mar 28, 2019 at 07:31 PM Author: Lumex120
Same thing happened here, except with M1000's and a few other lights mixed in. K-mart had a ton, then a new business moved in and they were replaced with boring old LEDs on square poles.

here's a street view from before they were replaced. If you switch it to the Oct 2018 streetview you can see the boring new lights. They kept one of the old poles up near the road (you can see it to the right of the building) but the rest are gone. They still worked up unto the point they were replaced, a mixture of mercury and color shifting metal halides was a pretty awesome sight.

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Mar 28, 2019 at 07:47 PM Author: High Intensity
There's a shopping center near me with a mix of different lights including about 10 or 12 OV-50s that are all 1000w MV, there's also a bunch of other lights. Sadly, they might not be around for too much longer as the owner of the center wants to tear it down and replace it with an apartment complex.

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Mar 28, 2019 at 09:36 PM Author: HomeBrewLamps
awesome light! i bet that things massive!

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Thanks for the extra pictures
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Mar 29, 2019 at 03:19 PM Author: wide-lite 1000

Thanks for the extra pictures



No problem !

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Mar 29, 2019 at 03:32 PM Author: wide-lite 1000

awesome light! i bet that things massive!



The dimensions are in the light info, it weighs A TON !

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May 01, 2019 at 05:24 PM Author: Memorex_Telex
I know one of the capacitors is 2.5 μfd , what values are the other two? The new 400W HPS cobras we are putting up are dual wattage; 250/400 and the only thing you do to change it from the default 250 to 400 is connect a little wire inside it that puts another capacitor in parallel with the first one. I bet that with the correct capacitor; you could take an X1 ballast & made it a 700 & drive the bulb within its proper limits.
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I know one of the capacitors is 2.5 μfd , what values are the other two? The new 400W HPS cobras we are putting up are dual wattage; 250/400 and the only thing you do to change it from the default 250 to 400 is connect a little wire inside it that puts another capacitor in parallel with the first one. I bet that with the correct capacitor; you could take an X1 ballast & made it a 700 & drive the bulb within its proper limits.


The other 2 are 7.5uF -530volt I've heard of changing the capacitor to run a 700 from a 1000w ballast, I just have no idea if it's really possible or how to do it. I did see in the 1960 GE catalog where GE recommended running a 1000 w mercury off of a 700 w ballast, they referred to the 1k lamp as "dual wattage"

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May 02, 2019 at 05:02 AM Author: Memorex_Telex
I know that the M-1000 X1 has two 15μf & one 3μf. I’m almost certain that just by changing the capacitors to the values you just mentioned it will be able to drive 700W mercury bulbs within their proper limits. I’m going to scrounge up some different capacitors & take some measurements.




The other 2 are 7.5uF -530volt I've heard of changing the capacitor to run a 700 from a 1000w ballast, I just have no idea if it's really possible or how to do it. I did see in the 1960 GE catalog where GE recommended running a 1000 w mercury off of a 700 w ballast, they referred to the 1k lamp as "dual wattage"
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Oct 25, 2019 at 10:13 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
Just weighed this , 70 pounds !!!

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Oct 26, 2019 at 04:27 PM Author: WestinghouseCeramalux

Just weighed this , 70 pounds !!!


Wow...can you imagine installing this?

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Oct 26, 2019 at 04:42 PM Author: GE101R

Wow...can you imagine installing this?


Top section first and then the door assembly. We rested the parts, one at a time, on the top of the bucket. Just have to take your time.
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Oct 26, 2019 at 06:58 PM Author: WestinghouseCeramalux

Top section first and then the door assembly. We rested the parts, one at a time, on the top of the bucket. Just have to take your time.


True, but with the door removed that's still 50 lbs give or take.

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Oct 26, 2019 at 07:22 PM Author: GE101R

True, but with the door removed that's still 50 lbs give or take.

oh, yea. My guys toted them up on the utility body of those bucket truck and one carefully handed it to the man in the bucket. Sometimes they would let the bucket down to the ground and do it that way which is what I preferred them to do.
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Oct 27, 2019 at 06:58 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
When I lived in Georgia back in the late 80's early 90's I watched the local electric co. change out a couple of cobras over the used car lot of the ford dealership I worked at and they used a rope tied to the slipfitter to lower the old light down to the guy on the ground and he tied it to the slipfitter of the new light and up it went. Both the new and old were Hubble RLG 400 w HPS .

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