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Mitchell Fluorescent Fixture 4-Lamper Restored

Mitchell Fluorescent Fixture 4-Lamper Restored

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I received the preheat ballasts from Don and I must say thank you very much, they are in excellent condition and they were amazingly well packed!

They both have the same length and fit perfectly the holes of the fixture.

Since this one was converted to Rapid-Start, the starter sockets were missing. I went to Home Depot to buy two metallic plates then drilled one hole in the middle for the screw to press the starter sockets against the fixture's body. It did the job quite well.

The only pain was the rewiring from RS to preheat, the fixture was like a bowl of spaghettis.
Gotta be careful too, as I think the older ballast has asbestos in the cloth wires.

The top-left picture is before restoration and the three other are after restoration and a fresh coat of paint, well needed.

Starter-Insert-How-To.jpg playmovie.jpg Mitchell-4-Lamper.jpg Mitchell-Reconverted-to-Preheat.jpg

Light Information

Light Information

Manufacturer:Mitchell
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Lamp Type:F40T12
Base:G13
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Wattage:180 Watts
Physical/Production
Fabrication Date:1940's

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Jul 27, 2009 at 03:38 PM Author: Powergroove
Where is the original mounting bracket, that would be cool to mount it with. Those old fluorescent luminaires are much higher quality than newer ones.

Keep government out of the lighting industry.

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Jul 27, 2009 at 03:49 PM Author: Miles
The two little hanging arms you see on the top-left photo are in the bedroom, and they're currently holding the other 2-Lamper Mitchell. I didn't want to drill any holes in the bedroom so I kept the arm mount there. The 4-Lamper moved to the kitchen area and there were already chains and holes there. Plus, I do not have another mounting arms like this one, unfortunately.

But yes, it does look cool with the arms.
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Jul 27, 2009 at 04:40 PM Author: Powergroove
5 stars from me.

Keep government out of the lighting industry.

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Jul 27, 2009 at 06:15 PM Author: vintagefluorescent
Beautiful !!!!!!! My step sisters husband rescued 8 of these lights sitting out for trash 4 years ago & saved them for me - They live 80 miles from me - As soon as I get a chance I`ll get some pictures & post them here so you can get an idea what the ice grid looks like .

I don`t have room for more fluorescent light fixtures right now So` they said there more then happy to store the Mitchells 4 me .

Youre fixtures are beautiful !!!!!!!




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Jul 27, 2009 at 07:05 PM Author:
I agree with Roger, this fixture here is beautiful in all of its restored glory. Nice job! Five stars from me.
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Jul 27, 2009 at 09:05 PM Author: Miles
VintageFluorescent: Why thank you!

Yes oh yes!! I'd love to see your pics! Very nice of them to store them for you! Are they 2 or 4 lampers?

Brian: Thank you! Lot of work went into this fixture, and I'm very happy to share it brand-new looking!

The preheat blinking is fantastic with 4 lamps!




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Jul 27, 2009 at 09:20 PM Author:
Hmm...maybe you can follow in the footsteps of some of your fellow L-G brethren here like myself and DaveMan and Jace...and post a YouTube video of this beauty starting up? Huh? What do you think? I would certainly enjoy that!!!
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Jul 27, 2009 at 11:19 PM Author: vintagefluorescent
Miles, Don`t remember if they were 4 lamp or 2 lamp - Last time I saw them was March or april of 2005 - They are in a warehouse in orange Texas.

We were doing alot of runing around that day (Sunday) so didn`t really have much time to look them over that closely - What I do know is they are safely stored out of harms way.
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