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Pass and Seymour Despard Night Light

Pass and Seymour Despard Night Light

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Decided to try a built-in night light in my bathroom. I bought this Pass and Seymour Despard night light new old-stock on eBay and installed it. Only thing I don't like about it is how hot it gets. Not dangerously hot but hot enough to wake you up if you bump into it!

The top thermostat controls the heater in my bathroom. The middle box (where the night light is) has a switch for the exhaust fan and a switch for the night light. The lower box has a switch for the overhead light, vanity light, and a GFCI receptacle. Previously, the middle box just had a standard toggle switch for the fan. I installed the Despard switches as part of this project.

I like this setup much better than using a plug-in night light. Much cleaner and neater. Plus, it leaves room for a plug-in air freshener which my fiance likes to use! Uses a 6S6 indicator lamp (a standard night light bulb would be too large to fit). Came with a GE 11367 brass-base 6S6 lamp.

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Light Information

Manufacturer:Pass & Seymour
Model Reference:1339
Lamp
Lamp Type:Incandescent
Filament/Radiator Type:C7A
Base:Candelabra Screw
Shape/Finish:S6 Clear
Service Life:1,500 hours
Electrical
Wattage:6 watts
Voltage:120 volt
Current:0.05 amps
Optical
Lumen Output:41 lumens
Lumen Efficacy:6.83 LPW
Color Rendering Index:100

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Mar 07, 2020 at 09:43 AM Author: fluorescent lover 40
Nice! What is are the plates and the switches? The receptacle looks like a Leviton GFCI.

Good quality things are awesome. Cheaply made things are not.

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Mar 07, 2020 at 02:00 PM Author: DimBulb
Cool! I have a despard night light in my bathroom but the cover has six narrow slots all the way around.
I put an S6 LED in mine so it stays cool.

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Mar 07, 2020 at 02:27 PM Author: Cole D.
Very nice! I like the setup too, but you need to fix the screws on the three gang plate so the slots all line up.

Collect vintage incandescent and fluorescent fixtures. Also like HID lighting and streetlights.

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Mar 08, 2020 at 05:22 PM Author: nogden
@fluorescent lover 40, the Despard plate is an AH&H Uniline. The lower plate is a Leviton. Despard switches are Pass & Seymour Slater-branded. They seem very flimsy, BTW. You can hear an arc when you turn off the exhaust fan switch. Not bad; there's just no snap action whatsoever. Bottom devices are all Leviton.

@DimBulb, what LED lamp are you using? I thought about doing the same with mine. I see a Sunlight bulb that looks decent on lightbulbs.com

@Cole D., done! All screw slots are now vertically-aligned!
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Mar 09, 2020 at 06:14 AM Author: rjluna2
Nice module here, Nelson

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Mar 09, 2020 at 06:15 AM Author: nogden
Thanks!
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Mar 09, 2020 at 10:32 AM Author: DimBulb
Hey Nelson!
I'm using Lohas S6 LED bulbs, the package says 1.5w 135 lumens. They do get warm but not hot, and they're much brighter than a 6w incandescent. I've had one lit in my bathroom 24/7 for about 3 years now.

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Mar 09, 2020 at 10:35 AM Author: nogden
Thanks! Never heard of Lohas until now.
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Apr 16, 2020 at 08:26 PM Author: Fluorescent05
Very cool switches! Is the GFCI from the 1980s?

Don't be fooLED, T8 IS the worst thing to do to a magnetic T12 fixture.

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Apr 17, 2020 at 06:17 AM Author: nogden
Probably from the mid-90s. That model was in production for decades! Might even still be in production.
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Apr 17, 2020 at 12:07 PM Author: Fluorescent05

Probably from the mid-90s. That model was in production for decades! Might even still be in production.

It's not unfortunately. They switched to a different style with rounded left and right sides of the reset button in the early 2000s and also changed the mechanisms. The newer mechanisms use the test buttons to mechanically trip the GFCI and test the GFCI when the user tries to reset it. A ground fault is simulated when the user presses the reset button. If the outlet fires the solenoid (the proper response to a ground fault, would normally trip the outlet), the button is allowed to latch in and passes into the latch. Otherwise (if the outlet does not respond correctly), then the outlet will not reset. This way, the bad outlets stay tripped and will not power back on.

Don't be fooLED, T8 IS the worst thing to do to a magnetic T12 fixture.

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Apr 17, 2020 at 12:23 PM Author: nogden
Interesting. I know they changed designs but thought the old ones were still in production as their "basic" line. Looking at their website, I see they are no longer available.
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Apr 17, 2020 at 04:59 PM Author: Fluorescent05

Interesting. I know they changed designs but thought the old ones were still in production as their "basic" line. Looking at their website, I see they are no longer available.

Pass and Seymour still makes them without the Smartlock (official name for the newer mechanism) mechanism. I have a brown P&S one.

Don't be fooLED, T8 IS the worst thing to do to a magnetic T12 fixture.

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May 27, 2020 at 09:38 PM Author: Fluorescent05
Judging by the box, that nightlight is ancient! Maybe early 1940s.

Don't be fooLED, T8 IS the worst thing to do to a magnetic T12 fixture.

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