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Charging station

Charging station

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This is my charging station. It lives in my living room bookcase. It is simply a plywood box with three duplex receptacles on top (one of which has USB ports) and a lighted switch on the front. The switch has an incandescent indicator. It is probably 1960's vintage, got it on eBay. The metal guard makes an interesting effect on the front but is burning to the touch when lit. It is about the only indicator I could find that is bright enough to be seen in broad daylight. It takes a standard S6 lamp.

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Manufacturer:Rodale
Model Reference:472
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Lamp Type:S6
Base:Candelabra
Shape/Finish:S6
Service Life:About 6 months
Fixture
Fixture Type:Indicator
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Wattage:6 watts
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Application/Use:Charging station

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Dec 31, 2014 at 10:59 AM Author: socketgeek63
Very nice project! The vintage pilot light switch sure adds a nice touch!

Long live the great old 20th century quality in electrical & lighting products!

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Dec 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM Author: sol
What I don't like about the modern version of these is the very faint glow of the neon lamp. You have to look closely at the perfect angle and maybe you'll see that the switch is on and the lamp glowing. With this one, there is no question. It uses more electricity but you get what you get. I also use it as a night light in the living room if I need to get up in the middle of the night with my son.
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Dec 31, 2014 at 11:07 AM Author: sol
The pilot light switch is the brown version of this pilot light switch. Mine still has the metal lamp protector, though.
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Dec 31, 2014 at 11:17 AM Author: socketgeek63
i agree with you sol on that, neon is ok but it just won't cut it when you have bright daylight in the room seeing if a certain device is powered on.

Long live the great old 20th century quality in electrical & lighting products!

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Dec 31, 2014 at 05:54 PM Author: streetlight98
"You have to look closely at the perfect angle and maybe you'll see that the switch is on and the lamp glowing." OR... you could walk over and see that the switch is up for on or down for off.

Please check out my newly-updated website! McCann Lighting Company is where my street light collection is displayed in detail.

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May 03, 2017 at 04:11 AM Author: sol
Last night, this switch started giving trouble. I had it on, the lamp was lit, and everything was fine. The only two things powered up (apart from the S6 lamp) were a MacBook charger (charging) and an iPod charger (charging as well). Those two things are the only loads that are typically switched with this unit.

All of a sudden, an arcing sound was produced, the pilot light dimmed, and the chargers behaved erratically. I tried a couple of times, and subsequently removed the lamp to see if it would improve but it did not. This is an old unit that was purchased NOS on eBay. It has been in use for about 3 years now. I am thinking something is failing in the switch contacts. It has a nice loud snap action, though. Could it be a spring fatigue ? Maybe a defective unit ? My father in law has a similar (not exact) model in his house that he installed in the early 1970's and has had daily use for years switching a 175 watt MV, and in the latter years, less use.

Could the heat from the S6 lamp contribute to this failure ? It heats up quite a bit.

Any thoughts about the cause and to help prevent future problems would be appreciated. This is a unit that I like to run overnight (not every night, though), but not if I fear arcing.
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Jul 17, 2019 at 08:16 PM Author: Fluorescent05
Very nice switch! It was probably made by Eagle Electric.

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

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