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Deactivated luminous ceiling at my dad's old office building and replacement wraparound

Deactivated luminous ceiling at my dad's old office building and replacement wraparound

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The one luminous ceiling at my dad's old office building that is no longer in use that I know of was at the top of a stairwell. When I was a kid this lit the top floor stairwell exit. It was powered by 4 wide ladder arm strips that held 3 or 4 8 foot tubes each. Rather than following the formula with the other luminous ceilings and replacing them with single tube F32T8 strips they just disconnected the ladder arm strips and installed wraparounds on either end. You can actually see the ladder arm strips still in the formerly luminous ceiling but they've been delamped and disconnected. I'd ask the campus maintenance guys if I could have one but no space for them and it'd probably be a lot of trouble to get them out so it'd likely be a no go anyways.

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Lamp Type:Fluorescent
Base:Medium violin and single pin
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Ballast Type:Electronic formerly magnetic

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Feb 17, 2018 at 07:07 PM Author: sol
This was most likely a maintenance nightmare as it would have required extensive scaffolding to replace the lamps. It would have been beautiful when lit, though.

I notice the base of these are 'medium violin'. Surely the auto-correct does not recognize fluorescent lamp bases...
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Feb 17, 2018 at 07:17 PM Author: DaveMan
It probably was a maintenance issue. I'm sure that replacing the tubes in this when it's over a stairwell was probably very cumbersome. Especially with the move from single pin slimline to bipin medium based T8s. And yes, I uploaded this from my phone. Autocorrect doesn't recognize the word bipin. It's already tried to change it twice since typing this. But I do remember it looking a lot cooler than the wraparounds did. I saw it lit all the time as a kid. You can even see a still lit one lit right outside from the door windows. In those they just replaced the 8 foot ladder arm strips with single tube F32T8 strips.

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Feb 17, 2018 at 07:27 PM Author: sol
I hate auto-correct. I find it very annoying especially when it thinks it knows what i want to say...

I have seen your other picture of the ceiling elsewhere and it is beautiful. Must be nice and bright but glare free in those spaces.
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Feb 17, 2018 at 09:55 PM Author: DaveMan
There's another luminous ceiling in this building I got a pic of. I'm on the fence about uploading it since it doesn't look that different from the others. They're all in common spaces though. Elevator lobbies and stairways. The elevator lobby ones have switches that I'd turn on and off as a kid. The stair lights are always on. The bathrooms in this building are the only place where there's keyed switches. You can even turn the hallway lights on and off.

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