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My first ReStore finds of the day

My first ReStore finds of the day

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Today I went to my local ReStore and despite my grandparents telling me there were no lights there, I found:
An NOS GE duplex receptacle, with box
An unpainted metal wallplate which will look good with brown devices
A Cooper Lighting 175W probe start medium base metal halide flood light
I also found a newer single gang blank cover plate that I used at my grandparents' house to get the GE snap switch and the painted wallplate.

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Aug 08, 2019 at 04:08 PM Author: Fluorescent05
All this was for $12.00! The metal hailde was just $10.00!!

Don't be fooLED, T8 IS the worst thing to do to a magnetic T12 fixture.

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Aug 08, 2019 at 04:35 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
Nice score ! I kinda had a light like that, I say kinda cause mine had no glass and the adjuster/aiming thingy was missing. I parted it out for the gear.

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Lights are awesome! :)


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Aug 08, 2019 at 04:37 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
Nice finds!

Power provider: Southern California Edison (SCE)

-Date decoder of some US lamps 1960-present.
-Switch and receptacle collector.
-I'll save what I can! Smiley

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Aug 08, 2019 at 04:55 PM Author: Fluorescent05

Nice finds!

Thank you! I also found a single lamp F40T12 striplight with a GTE Sylvania halophosphate cool white tube, a case of the same lamps in the striplight, and part of an F20T12 trigger start under cabinet light, but I didn't get them because I didn't know what my dad would think of them.

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Aug 08, 2019 at 05:19 PM Author: fluorescent lover 40
That case of GTE Sylvania F40CWs is worth grabbing if you have space and your dad lets you. They're pretty uncommon now.

Also, can you post a close-up of the GE snap switch?

Power provider: Southern California Edison (SCE)

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-I'll save what I can! Smiley

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Aug 08, 2019 at 05:43 PM Author: vintagefluorescent
Yay - You scores a cooper metal halide “Bandit “
The cooper Bandits are what sparked my interest in collecting HID lighting around 1993-96 I was acquiring
The cooper bandits for my collection Whitch shortly lead
Up to wanting to collect the larger vintage Mercs and Halide lights like the Hubble’s , Stebbers and of course
Those darn Remote ballasted wide lights that I love so much and can’t get enough of , My friend David is the one to blame for my remote ballasted wide light disease.
💡😂🤪😜🍾😎,
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Aug 08, 2019 at 05:53 PM Author: Fluorescent05

That case of GTE Sylvania F40CWs is worth grabbing if you have space and your dad lets you. They're pretty uncommon now.

Also, can you post a close-up of the GE snap switch?

I didn't know they were that rare! Also I will post the pic.

Don't be fooLED, T8 IS the worst thing to do to a magnetic T12 fixture.

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Aug 08, 2019 at 07:38 PM Author: Fluorescent05
Can the ballast from the floodlight operate 175W mercury vapor lamps too?

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Aug 08, 2019 at 07:43 PM Author: Fluorescent05

That case of GTE Sylvania F40CWs is worth grabbing if you have space and your dad lets you. They're pretty uncommon now.

Also, can you post a close-up of the GE snap switch?

Have you gone to your ReStore recently?

Don't be fooLED, T8 IS the worst thing to do to a magnetic T12 fixture.

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Aug 08, 2019 at 07:59 PM Author: wide-lite 1000

Can the ballast from the floodlight operate 175W mercury vapor lamps too?


I believe it can, check the info label on the ballast to make sure .

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Aug 08, 2019 at 08:38 PM Author: Fluorescent05

I believe it can, check the info label on the ballast to make sure .

The screws cant come out, I tried to get them out with a screwdriver. Luckily I can try ratchets because they are shaped like bolts.

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Aug 08, 2019 at 09:40 PM Author: WestinghouseCeramalux

The screws cant come out, I tried to get them out with a screwdriver. Luckily I can try ratchets because they are shaped like bolts.

Do it carefully, otherwise they can snap off, and that would hurt.

Your mission - should you choose to accept it - is to save unique and rare HID lighting before it's all scrapped.

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Aug 08, 2019 at 09:52 PM Author: Fluorescent05

Do it carefully, otherwise they can snap off, and that would hurt.

I got them out with a ratchet set!

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Aug 08, 2019 at 10:08 PM Author: WestinghouseCeramalux

I got them out with a ratchet set!

Oh good.

Your mission - should you choose to accept it - is to save unique and rare HID lighting before it's all scrapped.

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Aug 09, 2019 at 09:34 AM Author: Fluorescent05
The ballast says it can operate 175W mercury vapor lamps too! Should I get a fixture?

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Aug 09, 2019 at 09:56 AM Author: vintagefluorescent

The ballast says it can operate 175W mercury vapor lamps too! Should I get a fixture?


After collecting and using this type of fixture for a number of Years I do need to warn You though,

The 175 watt metal halide cram bulbs do not hold up very well due to this fixture having limited space for bulb and ballast cooling ,

You’re best bet would be to use it for 100 watt or lower
Mercury vapor ,or Halide or high pressure sodium,

I just never felt they should offer them for 175 watt use
As the fixture runs way to hot and premature bulb failures
Result and the fact the inner components cook at 175 watts , I’ve reconverted mine that I’m using down to 100 watts or lower with no problems , And You can always save You’re spare gear for larger HID lights ,

Hope this helps,
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Aug 09, 2019 at 10:00 AM Author: Fluorescent05

After collecting and using this type of fixture for a number of Years I do need to warn You though,

The 175 watt metal halide cram bulbs do not hold up very well due to this fixture having limited space for bulb and ballast cooling ,

You’re best bet would be to use it for 100 watt or lower
Mercury vapor ,or Halide or high pressure sodium,

I just never felt they should offer them for 175 watt use
As the fixture runs way to hot and premature bulb failures
Result and the fact the inner components cook at 175 watts , I’ve reconverted mine that I’m using down to 100 watts or lower with no problems , And You can always save You’re spare gear for larger HID lights ,

Hope this helps,

I have a 50W mercury vapor F can ballast. Would it be a good idea to convert this to 50w mercury?

Don't be fooLED, T8 IS the worst thing to do to a magnetic T12 fixture.

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Aug 09, 2019 at 10:12 AM Author: xmaslightguy
Nice find on the MH fixture.
Would deff look cool as MV!

Colored Fluorescent's such as F40T12 Red or  Green or Blue are awesome...

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Aug 09, 2019 at 10:18 AM Author: Fluorescent05
I temporarily converted it to remote ballast 50W mercury vapor last night. I should try to fit my F can ballast in there...

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Aug 09, 2019 at 10:37 AM Author: vintagefluorescent

I have a 50W mercury vapor F can ballast. Would it be a good idea to convert this to 50w mercury?


Dont know about the can type being used in this light as far as ballast temperatures go but an open wire wound coil type ballast installed inside the fixture and paired up with Youre 50 watt mercury light bulb would work fine!

You can always use Youre can type ballast externally if You feel it may over heat inside the fixture since the ballast is inside a can and depends on external cooling from the can,

Looks like this is going to produce a beautiful light source
When ayou are done,

Low wattage mercury vapor lights in my opinion are nothing short of beautiful ,I love seeing them in use at night,
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Aug 09, 2019 at 11:31 AM Author: Fluorescent05

Dont know about the can type being used in this light as far as ballast temperatures go but an open wire wound coil type ballast installed inside the fixture and paired up with Youre 50 watt mercury light bulb would work fine!

You can always use Youre can type ballast externally if You feel it may over heat inside the fixture since the ballast is inside a can and depends on external cooling from the can,

Looks like this is going to produce a beautiful light source
When ayou are done,

Low wattage mercury vapor lights in my opinion are nothing short of beautiful ,I love seeing them in use at night,

The F can 50W mercury vapor ballast did not fit in the fixture. Should I look for a 100 watt mercury vapor ballast that will fit?

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Aug 09, 2019 at 02:38 PM Author: Fluorescent05

Nice find on the MH fixture.
Would deff look cool as MV!

Thank you! I converted it today and I am waiting to test it outside tonight.

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Aug 09, 2019 at 02:39 PM Author: Fluorescent05

Nice score ! I kinda had a light like that, I say kinda cause mine had no glass and the adjuster/aiming thingy was missing. I parted it out for the gear.

What wattage/lamp type was yours?

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Aug 09, 2019 at 03:48 PM Author: WestinghouseCeramalux

The F can 50W mercury vapor ballast did not fit in the fixture. Should I look for a 100 watt mercury vapor ballast that will fit?

100W/H38 mercury vapor would work well...the tough part is finding a good ballast. You'll most likely pay way more for for it than you did for the fixture.

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Aug 09, 2019 at 06:10 PM Author: Fluorescent05

100W/H38 mercury vapor would work well...the tough part is finding a good ballast. You'll most likely pay way more for for it than you did for the fixture.

I already converted it to 50W mercury vapor with my F-can ballast. I will test it tonight.

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Aug 10, 2019 at 12:07 AM Author: wide-lite 1000

What wattage/lamp type was yours?


Mine was also 175 w MH

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Aug 10, 2019 at 08:41 AM Author: Fluorescent05

I already converted it to 50W mercury vapor with my F-can ballast. I will test it tonight.

I tested it last night and it looks great in 50W mercury vapor!

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Aug 10, 2019 at 08:55 AM Author: Lumex120

I tested it last night and it looks great in 50W mercury vapor!

Was this with a clear or coated lamp?

Any machine is a smoke machine if you operate it wrong enough.

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Aug 10, 2019 at 09:21 AM Author: Fluorescent05

Was this with a clear or coated lamp?

It was a coated lamp. I can post a picture of it lighting my yard.

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Sep 07, 2019 at 02:39 PM Author: Fluorescent05
The ballast in this also says it can operate 150W M107 metal halide lamps. There is no ignitor tap on the ballast. Was there such thing as a 150 watt probe start MH lamp?

Don't be fooLED, T8 IS the worst thing to do to a magnetic T12 fixture.

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