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Philips F40CW cool white Preheat-Rapid Start USA

Philips F40CW cool white Preheat-Rapid Start USA


Here we have one of my favorite fluorescent lamps of all time (second only to the Norelco F40CWs). It's a (circa 1988) Philips F40CW. There were at one time fourteen of these in my house here in CA but three have gone EOL over the last decade or so, and the three bad ones (including the particular one in this photo) have gone to ACE hardware for proper disposal (they're one of the stores that accepts lamps/batteries for recycling). I would've kept it but we have so many (11) in use that there will certainly be ones to keep someday and plus we had already taken a couple old light fixtures to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore (and came back with other lighting stuff from there) so I felt like since I was already getting rid of extra junk, I would get rid of the EOL fluorescents. Before I did, though, I took the time to get a good, clear pic of the etch.
I can't exactly date this one as there's no letter-number date code (strange...) but I know they're circa 1988 when this house was built (well late 80s anyway) as earlier ones were "Philips-Westinghouse Lamps" and later ones in the 90s had the UPC code, and ones after that were EPACT'ed.
I really like the etch design here...shame they didn't keep the Philips "Shield" logo and that style of font, even on an Alto...
I went to replace these with a pair of ACE SP41 ECO lamps (likely a re-named "Residential" GE Ecolux) and the first pair lasted FIFTEEN MINUTES! Vs. 25 years for the lamp(s) pictured above (1988-2013).
Those have since been exchanged (and the 3 old Philips ones taken to ACE for proper disposal) and we'll see how the new identical ACE lamps last.
Luke (DetroitTwoStroke) posted a pic of a lamp like this some time ago so I figured I'd also post mine...
BTW if it helps dating it has cathode guards and modern Sylvania/Philips endcaps.

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Light Information

Light Information

Manufacturer:Philips
Model Reference:F40CW
Lamp
Lamp Type:Fluorescent
Base:G13/Medium bipin
Shape/Finish:T-12
Service Life:20,000 hours on rapid start, 15,000 hours on preheat...well 25 years in normal residential use...
Fixture
Fixture Type:WAS in a shoplight-type fixture mounted on the garage ceiling...now probably in the bulb-shredder
Ballast Type:WAS LPF magnetic rapid start
Socket Type:Was Y-slot
Electrical
Wattage:40w
Optical
Color Temperature:Was 4100K
Color Rendering Index:WAS 62
Physical/Production
Factory Location:Somewhere in USA (Can someone tell which one the little symbol indicates)?
Fabrication Date:late 80s? Can someone confirm?
Application/Use:Was lighting the garage...

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Verd a ray classic.


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Jun 26, 2013 at 08:34 PM Author: Silverliner
this one was made at the norelco lamp plant in lynn, ma. same thing as the old norelcos, just rebranded as philips. the date code is way below the main etch body.

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Jun 26, 2013 at 08:51 PM Author: DetroitTwoStroke
Cool! So this is the one you mentioned. The Lynn, MA plant closed in 1991 (my year ). I have only one Philips tube from the Lynn plant, this one.

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Jun 28, 2013 at 08:59 PM Author: ace100w120v
Yep! I went down in the garage and looked at the other ones that still work, there's what appears to be a sideways '5' below the main etch, any ideas?
So the old Norelco F40CWs in my gallery were made at the Lynn, MA plant, huh? I can imagine one of them is, while the other has the early-80s Norelco endcaps similar (but different) from the GE endcaps...
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Jan 12, 2015 at 07:28 PM Author: ace100w120v
...And exactly a year ago was the last time I saw these lamps pictured above, the house sold. Since I went to ReStore anyway that same 6 day trip down there, I should've got some cheap modern lamps to replace the remaining 11 of them (or 10, one more was bad by then) and some 2" PVC pipe to pack these in for the long-term storage in my godparents' garage and eventual out-of-state shipping. But I didn't. Oh well.
I also remembered...I think the etch ink was brownish too. Can anyone confirm this is true?
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Jan 12, 2015 at 08:12 PM Author: jercar954
The Lynn plant did have a brownish etch.

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

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Jan 12, 2015 at 08:19 PM Author: ace100w120v
But they also had black at one point too...which came first?
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