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Rescued Louvered Fluorescent Fixtures

Rescued Louvered Fluorescent Fixtures

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Much to my horror, I came into work yesterday and found my favorite louvered lights sitting in a pile in the hallway! Apparently the superintendent, trying to save energy, hired an electrician to replace many of our old louvered lights with energy-saving T8 lights. She must not have realized that these lights were converted to T8 a few years ago! The new lights won't save any electricity. They have basically the same ballasts and lamps as the old lights! Understandably, I was very upset and horrified.

Luckily, the electricians were still working when I arrived and I was able to talk them out of a few fixtures. They were reluctant to give me the fixtures for some reason, but they finally gave in. I was able to rescue three complete four foot tandem (8 foot) sections and one single four foot section.

These are the lights I rescued, still in the back of my car. As soon as the rain lets up, I will unload them and take a better picture.

Sadly, the rest of the lights will be scrapped. We also had some similar fixtures with luminous plastic side panels. Those were gone before I came into work (I only work at this school one day a week). I do not have any pictures of them either.

Most of these were converted to T8 a while back. Oddly enough, the T12 installations are still in place! The superintendent left those alone (thankfully!). Neither myself or the head of maintenance sees the point. At least I was able to save a few.

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Manufacturer:Sim-Kar
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Lamp Type:T8 Fluorescent

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Dec 31, 2010 at 11:49 AM Author: Kev
This is what happens when you get idiots who know nothing about lighting involved! Stupid woman does not know what she is on about, The electricians wont say anything, Either because they are domestic house bashing sparkeys she has got in and they do not know any different either, or the fact that they just think, what a waste of time, but work is work!

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Dec 31, 2010 at 11:58 AM Author: nogden
I think your last guess is the best. The electricians are just doing what they were hired to do, even though they know it is silly. The superintendent figures that newer must be better and more efficient, so she went ahead with the project. I am going to have (polite) words with her next time I see her!
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Dec 31, 2010 at 02:49 PM Author: icefoglights
I love those lights! My old high school (built in the 50s) had them. Just like yours, most of the plastic side panels were long sense gone. They were removed in 1994 and replaced with T8 wraparounds, but I was able to save one. My brother in law currently has it in his shop but I plan to get it back one of these days.

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Dec 31, 2010 at 06:48 PM Author: DaveMan
Congrats on being able to rescue these!

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Dec 31, 2010 at 07:23 PM Author: seansy59
Those are some really cool looking fixtures!

Rapid Start and Preheat fluorescent! No instant start!

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Dec 31, 2010 at 08:00 PM Author: DimBulb
Yeah, awesome fixtures!!!
My high school had those kind of lights but they each had four 8 foot slimlines in them. I think the office had 4 footers tho. There were still a few Ken-Rad lamps in some of them!!

My very first word was LIGHT!

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Jan 02, 2011 at 05:10 PM Author: DieselNut
I was recently given a 4 lamp F40 rapid start louver fixture similar to these, but with the plastic side lenses. Also acquired a pair of 2 lamp F96 slimline version and part of a 4 lamp F96 slimline one (missing the louvers/ballast cover).
Nice rescue. It is a shame the rest got tossed.

Preheat Fluorescents forever!
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Jan 02, 2011 at 05:28 PM Author: nogden
Yes it is a shame they were tossed! Thankfully many are still in service. I am going to talk to the powers that be and see what their long term plans are for the rest of these fixtures. I'd rather see them stay in service, but if they must be replaced, I would rather bring them home than see them scrapped.
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Jul 03, 2012 at 05:31 AM Author: LegacyLighting
Good save Nogden. Some of the schools I have worked in actually have fixtures almost identical to these installed on chains. - the ones I saw were labelled 'Philips'.
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Aug 08, 2013 at 06:12 PM Author: Seth11
For some reason these louvered Fluorescent light fixtures makes me think of ice trays. LOL!

NO MORE ELECTRONIC BALLASTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

MAGNETIC BALLASTS FOR EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SAY NO TO BULB AND MAGNETIC BALLAST BANS!!!!!

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Aug 08, 2013 at 06:30 PM Author: nogden
Yeah they do!
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Aug 08, 2013 at 06:43 PM Author: Alights
nice find!! similar to mine..are thesr sylvania?
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Aug 08, 2013 at 07:10 PM Author: nogden
Sim-Kar actually.
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Aug 08, 2013 at 09:42 PM Author: xmaslightguy
Good saves for sure!

I remember lights similar to those in school..

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Aug 08, 2013 at 10:56 PM Author: funkybulb
Sweet save ! I have a one with metal sides from junking

No LED gadgets, spins too slowly.  Gotta  love preheat and MV. let the lights keep my meter spinning.

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Aug 09, 2013 at 06:26 AM Author: nogden
These have metal sides, they just aren't seen in this picture.
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Aug 29, 2016 at 03:30 PM Author: nogden
Forgot to update this -- these lights are now illuminating my workshop quite nicely!
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Aug 30, 2016 at 11:51 AM Author: DieselNut
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Aug 31, 2016 at 06:18 AM Author: nogden
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Aug 31, 2016 at 07:06 AM Author: DieselNut
Awesome! They look nice even as T8 since the tubes are sort of hidden.

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Aug 31, 2016 at 07:25 AM Author: nogden
I agree. Plus, the cold temperature performance of this setup is a little better than T12 magnetic rapid start. Since they are electronic, they start quick and don't flicker. I'm putting heat in my shop soon, though, so that won't be as important now.
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