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LPS Porch Light

LPS Porch Light

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I reworked some of the lighting around the house. One of the things I did was replaced a "dayburner" motion sensor lantern with this LPS wallpack.
At first, I had tried this Regent fixture, but it's light distribution wasn't wide enough for what I'm trying to light, and it's white light attracted every flying insect within 2 acres after 20 minutes! This actually makes a pretty good bug light.

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Light Information

Light Information

Manufacturer:VL Service Lighting
Model Reference:VL0139-400
Lamp
Lamp Type:Low Pressure Sodium
Shape/Finish:T15
Service Life:18,000 hours
Fixture
Fixture Type:Wallpack
Ballast Type:Advance L69 HX-HPF
Socket Type:DC Bayonet (BY22d)
Photocell Type:Area Lighting Research AA-105
Electrical
Wattage:18
Voltage:120v
Current:.27 amps
Optical
Lumen Output:1800 Lm
Color Temperature:1800 K
Color Rendering Index:0
Physical/Production
Fabrication Date:1985

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Sep 24, 2010 at 10:49 PM Author: tmcdllr
Horrible horrible color but I still want one of those.

Nothing like the beautiful cool white light of a coated Mercury Vapor lamp and the soothing hum of it's magnetic ballast.

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Sep 24, 2010 at 10:58 PM Author: icefoglights
I agree with you on the color, but the bugs annoyed me. Besides, coolness factor makes it worth it

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Sep 24, 2010 at 11:24 PM Author: tmcdllr
That's true.

Nothing like the beautiful cool white light of a coated Mercury Vapor lamp and the soothing hum of it's magnetic ballast.

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Sep 25, 2010 at 01:34 AM Author: dor123
This color don't deters the bugs, its simply don't attract them, because bugs can't see the color of LPS lamps and other buglights lamps. Because of this, buglights used primery outdoors, since if there is a white light source near the buglight lamp, the bugs won't go away.
If you don't wan't bugs inside an indoor place with white lights, only bug zappers or chemical and electronic (Acoustic - ultrasound buzzer/speaker) bug detters will works.
Btw, in the parking lot of Dan Panorama center, hotel and tenements, there are in addition to the fluorescent lights, several old LPS wallpacks. They are special for me, because they are one of the only operating LPS lights in two location i see today in Israel (The others are the orange LPS pilots warning lights on the chimneys on the steam-coal power station near Hadera).

I"m don't speak English well, and rely on online translating to write in this site.
Please forgive me if my choice of my words looks like offensive, while that isn't my intention.

I only working with the European date format (dd.mm.yyyy).

I lives in Israel, which is a 230-240V, 50hz country.

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Sep 25, 2010 at 02:25 AM Author: tmcdllr
He said the white light attracted bugs and I think what he meant with the LPS being a good bug light is not that it repels them, it just doesn't attract them as much as white light.

Nothing like the beautiful cool white light of a coated Mercury Vapor lamp and the soothing hum of it's magnetic ballast.

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Sep 25, 2010 at 02:37 AM Author: icefoglights
Yes that's exactly what I meant.
As a general rule, I prefer not to use dusk to dawn lights next to doors, because MV, MH and even HPS has a tendency to attract bugs, which would than fly inside when the door is opened. Traditionally I'd use motion sensors in such cases, since their short burn time wouldn't draw too many bugs to the door area. This particular light is an exception, since it lights the area I want, and it's narrow spectrum just isn't seen by many bugs.
It was also a good chance to put a unique fixture from my collection into daily (or should I say nightly) use

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Sep 25, 2010 at 07:49 PM Author: arcblue
Does the photocontrol get enough light to provide reliable dusk to dawn operation? The problem I've had with mounting wall packs or other HID lights with integrated photocontrols is that the PC's don't get enough light & turn on early or off late.

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Sep 25, 2010 at 08:04 PM Author: icefoglights
It does. There is only about a 24 inch overhang over this light. It seems to come on around the same time as the wallpack over the driveway. The motion sensor by the other door, which is under a covered porch, also activates at about the same time. Their variation from each other is only minutes apart.

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Sep 25, 2010 at 09:29 PM Author: tmcdllr
The only one of these that I can find, new, is too pricey. I check ebay all the time but so far no luck.

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Sep 25, 2010 at 10:32 PM Author: icefoglights
They are hard to find. 2 of my 3 LPS lights came from eBay and I paid dearly for them. On the other hand, I've kept an eye out for replacement lamps and gotten several off eBay for fairly reasonable prices. Have enough to keep them going for some time now.

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Sep 02, 2011 at 10:04 PM Author: SOX55W
1000bulbs.com sells LPS lamps new and dirt cheap compared to other sources! I got my 18W for $26 and have a 90W in the mail for $27. I find the LPS spectrum very cool and relaxing! It's also good light to work under as I have found out a couple times. LPS sodium fixtures are rare as rocking horse sh1t in the US though. I never see them come up on ebay. I want to see LPS lighting in the snow. That would be a treat.

Bring SOX lamps back!!!

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Dec 20, 2011 at 11:51 AM Author: power bracket
I worked for a real "tool" of a contractor many years ago and the guy would just go into the shop, see items still sitting on the shelf for sooooo many years and just grab the boxes and toss em in the dumpster! I scored quite a few brand new odd fixtures this way and one of them was one of these Norelco 18 watt SOX fixtures dating from around 1980 I believe, BRAND NEW in the box! Never used! I have several other USED ones that I mounted on the house, not too fond of the color either but it is just too cool to have the old classic LPS lights on at night!

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