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Aircraft warning on Eiffel Tower

Aircraft warning on Eiffel Tower

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Red light atop the Eiffel Tower. I assume it is an aircraft warning light. The tube looks like neon tubing coiled in a giant CFL-like manner. The whole thing is encapsulated in a glass tube, similar in shape to SOX lamps. I reduced the exposure quite a bit in Photoshop to show the lamp details as this picture was taken at noon. In the foreground, you can see one of the flashers used at night to make the tower sparkle.

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Light Information

Lamp
Shape/Finish:CFL-like coil
Fixture
Fixture Type:Aircraft warning
Location:Eiffel Tower, Paris
Electrical
Voltage:230 V
Optical
Color Temperature:red
Physical/Production
Application/Use:Aircraft warning

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Filename:eiffel-avion.jpg
Album name:sol / Paris 2012
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Keywords:Lamps
File Size:403 KB
Date added:Apr 14, 2012
Dimensions:924 x 1470 pixels
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Date Time:2012:04:14 21:26:59
DateTime Original:2012:03:20 11:19:41
Exposure Bias:0 EV
Exposure Time:1/125 sec
FNumber:f 8
Flash:No Flash
Focal length:55 mm
ISO:100
Make:Canon
Model:Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Software:Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh
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Apr 15, 2012 at 03:40 AM Author: Selenium
Its an Obsta obstruction light
http://www.obsta.com/en/
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Apr 15, 2012 at 05:01 AM Author: AngryHorse
Interesting website, I have never seen one of these before?

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Apr 15, 2012 at 05:58 AM Author: sol
Their website claims at least a 10 year life, limited mainly by control gear life.
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Mar 08, 2015 at 02:15 PM Author: Cal
Nice, I'd like to go up that tower some day. Lots of steps!!
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Mar 08, 2015 at 04:09 PM Author: Selenium
Or hydraulic elevator if you want.
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Mar 08, 2015 at 05:56 PM Author: sol
In 2012, when this picture was taken, at least one of the hydraulic elevators were out of service (a multi-year project) and the wait for the one in service was over three hours. Instead of waiting, we climbed the stairway. Not impossible, but nonetheless an effort, especially when you are overdressed... There is over 600 steps and you're not at the top yet ! (we took the second elevator to the very top).
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Mar 08, 2015 at 06:25 PM Author: jercar954
It looks like a Nichrome coil in a space heater.

Preheat and T-12 fluorescents forever! Down with LED's and instant start T-8 fluorescents.

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Mar 09, 2015 at 12:48 AM Author: sailormoon_01_uk
It's cool to see Neon Obstruction Lights as they use traditional 25kv Transformers (At least the GEC/CEGELEC/ALSTOM/ATG versions do), and although the NAmufacturer's do claim a 10 year Life some last as long as 20 to 35 years, most older lights aroun Airports are being replaced with LED lights for my NEON obstruction Light see HERE for the same Light Lit see HERE
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Mar 10, 2015 at 03:49 PM Author: BG101
Nice to see a close-up view of these, I wonder if they're the same as those used on the former radio transmission towers at Rugby?

I remember seeing SOX lamps (presumably) used for the same purpose atop Thames Tower on Burleys Way. The tower has since been converted to flats from floors 4-18 (3-17 in UK) and the comms dishes on the roof levels have been shrouded, don't think the lights are visible any more but will have to check next time I pass by.


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Mar 10, 2015 at 04:04 PM Author: sailormoon_01_uk
Possibly as Thames Tower is onl about 5 miles from Leicester Airfield, and 18 miles to East Midlands Airport, that would bring it in to the Obstacle Zone and if over 500 ft or 152 metres tall it would require Lighting, I doubt if they would be SOX as Air Navigation regulations sate Red Lights for Low and Medium Intensity Lights, and White Flashing Lights for High Intensity Lights, the Lights on top of Thames Tower could have been the Thorn Obstruction Light which used a 160 watt NEON Tube which looks identical to a 140/200w SLI/H Lamp excent it emits Red Light not the Familiar Yellow Light as associated with SOX and SLI/H Lamps
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Mar 10, 2015 at 06:27 PM Author: sol
Colin, are those NEON tubes and associated fittings to which you refer still available ?
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Mar 11, 2015 at 02:13 AM Author: sailormoon_01_uk
Unfortunayely no, as they became discontinued in the late 1990's when Thorn merged with Europhane Lignting in France, these days Obstruction Lights are either Flashing Xenon Strobe Lights and Multiple LED Lamps, although the smaller NEON an Incandescent Lights are still available for use on and around Airports. for information on the older Thorn NEON Obstruction Lamp see HERE
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Mar 11, 2015 at 12:50 PM Author: BG101
Thames Tower is only 18 floors and around 200ft, the current tallest buildings are 1 St Georges Way and Cardinal at about 270 and 276ft respectively and I don't think either have warning lights on them. If the taller one eventually gets built on Bath Lane that will probably need them as it will be around 400ft.


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