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Mitchell Fluorescent Light In It's New Home

Mitchell Fluorescent Light In It's New Home

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After a 4000 mile road trip and a new set of ballasts and wiring, here is my Mitchell fluorescent adapter light in it's new home. It will be lighting my computer alcove. The base light is an old Satco.

The lamps shown are GE Warm White but I have since replaced them with GE Chroma 50 lamps.

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Light Information

Light Information

Manufacturer:Mitchell
Lamp
Lamp Type:Linear Fluorescent
Shape/Finish:T12
Service Life:9000 hrs
Fixture
Fixture Type:Fluorescent Adapter
Ballast Type:GE Magnetic Preheat
Socket Type:GE Medium Bi-Pin (G13)
Location:My bedroom
Electrical
Wattage:2x20
Voltage:118v
Current:.76 amps
Optical
Lumen Output:1750
Color Temperature:5000 k
Color Rendering Index:90
Physical/Production
Dimensions:24"
Factory Location:USA

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Feb 18, 2010 at 09:06 PM Author: DieselNut
Nice fixture! Much more decorative than the old plain style 2 x 20 watt ones I have.

Preheat Fluorescents forever!
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Feb 18, 2010 at 09:13 PM Author: icefoglights
Thanks
I rescued it from the kitchen of a house I rented in Louisiana. It originally had Jefferson ballasts with cloth wires. The landlord replaced the bulbs it had in it, but not the starters, which were way slow. In transit, one of the ballasts came loose and shook around inside, which trashed the brittle cloth insulation. It also had broken sockets, and half a blown up wax cap connected to its neutral side.

I replaced the sockets, and replaced the ballasts with new Advance preheat ballasts and cleaned up the internal wiring. The outer case still needs to be cleaned up some, and the reflector's enamel is in rough shape and needs to be repainted.

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Feb 18, 2010 at 09:41 PM Author: DieselNut
That cloth insulation will last damn near forever....if you never bend or move it! That sucks that it got damaged. it still looks nice and old lights are supposed to look old, so the chipping paint is character!

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Feb 18, 2010 at 09:48 PM Author: icefoglights
The cloth insulation wasn't in that great of shape when I got it. The top has a greasy film on it, but the metal housing is generally in good shape, just needs some cleaning. The reflector though has a bad case of scales on the back side.

The starters are as NOS as I could find, with one being an older GE the other an On Guard from June of 1987.

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Feb 18, 2010 at 11:31 PM Author: Medved
I see reflectors need a bit of cleaning - they loose lot of light...

No more selfballasted c***

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Nov 18, 2012 at 02:51 PM Author: ace100w120v
Cool light! I like it!
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Nov 18, 2012 at 03:20 PM Author: jercar954
Wow!!! What a beauty!!!!!

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

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Nov 18, 2012 at 06:36 PM Author: vintagefluorescent
I agree , Very nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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