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Here's the stack ot rusty but trusty "half Cylinder" fluorescents from our old now leaky garage behind the house, 5 in all, plus a 6th and totally different style one you can see way in the back in the front row. This other one was made circa 1950, and I'll document this too as it has totally different ballasts etc, and is a true half round shaped unit unlike the others that are square shaped housings. The end pieces will be repainted silver as well, and will not be shown on a unit till later on. These are HUGE memory laners for me and a huge part of my life. I got em in 1981 on the best demo job we ever did (pleasure wise), the old Blessed Sacrament School job in Albany, NY. The garage these hung in till a few weeks ago was put up in 1981 and I brought these lights home straight from that demo job, and there was only one tiny classroom in the basement of this school that had this particular type of unit, and only 5 in it at that, and these went up in the garage. I NEVER replaced ONE starter or lamp in that time and unplugged these in 1998 when they aterted acting up. I replaced only one ballast in all that time, and they acted up when the cloth wires between the starters and lamp ends grounded on the ballasts when they got wet due to roof leaks, and some grounded out others burnt in half. I reused the ones that were good and replaced or respliced the damaged ones, and carefully reran em away from the corners of the ballast cases in the restoration. I was 15 when I acquired these, this was the year (1981) I saw my very forst Journey concert at SPAC in Saratiga Strings, NY, and this was my most favorite and memory-loaded demo job I can remember, so these lights have a special place in my heart, and besides, it's time to recognize fluorescent lights as antique and collectible. I have many pleasant childhood memoroes of many similar types of lights in daily use in stores, etc across our region, and nothing they can make today can even come close. Worst thing ever invented in suspended ceilings and lay-in troffer lights---talk about BORING and UGLY!!! No character! These old beauties just OOZE with character (and sometimes PCB's when an old ballast lets go too LOL!)

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Manufacturer:Possibly pr probably Mitchell, a prominent fluorescent fixture manufacturer in the 1940\'s and 1950\'5.
Model Reference:Unknown as of yet see other pics tho for fun!
Lamp
Lamp Type:40 watt T-12 flourescent 48\" lamp
Service Life:About 15,000 Hr @ 3 hours burning per start.
Fixture
Ballast Type:2 seperate early GE \"TULAMP\" type 2 lamp lead-lag ballasts for 2 40 watt \'preheat\' lamps each for a total of 4 lamps per fixture.
Electrical
Wattage:approx. 191 watts per 4 lamp fixture.
Voltage:118. This is the \"design center voltage\" of the ballasts. The voltage of maximum efficiency. Operating unit outside this perameter will not hurt the ballsts (like running on 120v) but will rduce efficiency slightly overall.
Current:about 1.3-1.5 amps per complete fixture.
Optical
Lumen Output:about 3800.
Lumen Efficacy:about 83-93 LPW or thereabouts depending on lamps fitted and whether the line voltage is close to or opuside the \"design center\" of the ballasts or not.
Color Temperature:about 4200K with CW.
Color Rendering Index:about 76 with cool white lamps.
Physical/Production
Factory Location:Unknown as of yet.
Assembly Line:none yet. Original assembly line unknown as well. sitting in wait for restoration.
Fabrication Date:originally made circa 1942-1945.
Application/Use:Interior general lighting, historical early fluorescent units.

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Apr 22, 2006 at 08:17 PM Author: pslawinski
Nice lights, I'd like to see what they look like when you're done!

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Apr 25, 2006 at 07:21 PM Author: arcblue
So glad to know that you are restoring these! They are nice fixtures.

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Apr 25, 2006 at 07:25 PM Author: Silverliner
Save em! 1940s and 1950s fluorescent fixtures like the above have started to become rare in the 1980s and 1990s. Usually you will have to look high and low in the older business districts to find these, but there are plenty of them in San Francisco.

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Sep 02, 2010 at 05:20 AM Author: toomanybulbs
a neighbor tossed 2 4 lamp units like these.of course i grabbed them.
but they are behind a long line of other restoration projects.
namely my collins 75a4 and kws-1.and my rca ct-100.
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Sep 09, 2015 at 03:22 PM Author: Solanaceae
Did you get these repaired and running, Rick?

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Sep 09, 2015 at 03:27 PM Author: Lumex120
I know what you mean by fluorescent troffers are boring. I like the 2x2 U-tube units a bit more, and MH/MV troffers? Awesomeness in a drop ceiling!

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Jan 03, 2016 at 01:52 AM Author: DetroitTwoStroke
Very nice! I know these will look beautiful when restored!

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