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F15T8 Manual Preheat Desk Lamp

F15T8 Manual Preheat Desk Lamp

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Here's a cool find from an antique store. This manual preheat fluorescent desk lamp takes two F15T8's and appears to be one of the first integrations of fluorescent lighting into homes and offices. I would guess 1950's or 1960's. The orange button "warms" and ignites the lamps and the white button turns them off. Seems to work great!

The lamp came with two GE F15T8 cool whites, one was USA made and the other was from Indonesia. They both worked, but I prefer Philips Altos, which I put in.

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Manufacturer:Unknown
Lamp
Lamp Type:Manual Preheat Fluorescent Desk Lamp
Base:T8
Electrical
Wattage:15 Watts (30 Watts Total)
Voltage:120 Volts
Optical
Color Temperature:4100K
Physical/Production
Factory Location:Poland (Lamps)
Fabrication Date:1950's or 1960's (Fixture) 2018 and 2019 (Lamps)
Application/Use:Office and Home Lighting

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Sep 02, 2019 at 06:59 PM Author: Fluorescent05
This was most likely made in Japan, which was like China is today back then. They were sold under many brand names much like Chinese junk today and had questionable build quality.

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Sep 02, 2019 at 07:17 PM Author: CEB1993

This was most likely made in Japan, which was like China is today back then. They were sold under many brand names much like Chinese junk today and had questionable build quality.


Thanks! I couldn't find any country or date of manufacture on the lamp itself.

Philips DuraMax and GE Miser forever!  Classic incandescents are the best incandescents!

Stop the lamp bans!

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Sep 02, 2019 at 07:18 PM Author: Fluorescent05

Thanks! I couldn't find any country or date of manufacture on the lamp itself.

Member themaritimegirl knows a lot about these. She has a youtube channel with the same name as I mentioned earlier with some lighting videos on it.

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Sep 03, 2019 at 12:15 AM Author: takemorepills

This was most likely made in Japan, which was like China is today back then. They were sold under many brand names much like Chinese junk today and had questionable build quality.


China is NOTHING like Japan was.
Japan had a very short period of making "crap".
China has been making "crap" for decades.
Japan brought to us many great names: Sony, Panasonic, Pioneer, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Fujitsu, Sanyo, Subaru, Nakamichi, Nintendo, SEGA, Toshiba, TEAC, JVC, Suzuki, Yamaha, Casio, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Epson, Canon, Nikon, Minolta, Olympus, Konica, Pentax, Ricoh, Kawasaki, NEC, Citizen, Mizuno, Asics, Yokohama, Konami, ETC ETC.

What has China given us? uh, nope. Maybe Haier....
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Sep 03, 2019 at 05:53 AM Author: rjluna2
I like your meme postcard here

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Sep 03, 2019 at 01:13 PM Author: jercar954
It looks very close to my Mobilite that I got for my birthday in 1965. Mine has an F14T12 single lamp with the same buttons and translucent shade. I had to replace the ballast once and to my surprise, it has a ceramic capacitor soldered across the start switch to filter RF interference. I have several Dazor desk lamps costing big bucks and none of have that capacitor. Never expected to find that on a $5.00 lamp!

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

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