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My very first Philips SL*25

My very first Philips SL*25

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This was my first lamp. I got it at the age of 6! This happened as I was on vacation in Spain with my parents where I saw about 20 Philips SL*? (complete new type of lamp at that time) installed in an outdoor dining area flashing up while starting. I was so impressed by this that I nerved my parents the whole holidays to get such a lamp. I was successful and they installed the lamp shown in the picture in my room where it lasted a very long time. I kept this lamp till today, unfortunately the outer glass shattered and the lamp needs over a minute to start.

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Light Information

Manufacturer:Philips
Model Reference:SL*25
Lamp
Lamp Type:Self ballasted compact fluorescent
Base:E27
Shape/Finish:3U bend
Service Life:5000h
Electrical
Wattage:25
Voltage:220
Optical
Lumen Output:1200
Color Temperature:2700 (827)
Physical/Production
Factory Location:Eindhoven / Netherlands
Fabrication Date:June 1984

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Nov 04, 2008 at 12:00 PM Author: Silverliner
I remember when CFLs came out, this was in the early 80s. I saw a Philips (I think it was a Norelco at the time) SL*18 lamp with an electronic ballast lit on display at a lighting store. I thought it looked pretty weird compared to the incandescents that were in use in every household. CFLs were rare here in the USA in the early 80s, but were fairly common in commercial applications by the late 80s.

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Nov 04, 2008 at 12:37 PM Author: monkeyface
A EOL Philips SL*18 was also for me the very first cfl. It had also the broun plastic cover. I was excited to see the this lamp blinking.
Generally the most lamps in my collection at this time were EOL, because I allways found them in intended lamp recycling bins.
The date code on this lamp is usually stamped on the end of the base.
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Nov 04, 2008 at 02:40 PM Author: Prismatic
The datecode is very hard to read (the holes to fix the base to the plastic base cover parts of the code) - it looks like "AF4". As I have a nice collection of additional Philips SL*'s it would be interessting to understand the datecode for the image-gallery I plan to add here. By the way this is a very COOL page. I am glad I've discovered it.

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Nov 04, 2008 at 03:30 PM Author: Silverliner
Sounds like yours dates to about '84 if the "4" is certainly a 4.

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Nov 04, 2008 at 04:37 PM Author: FGS
No kidding. This place is fantastic! Glad you liked it. Welcome to LG. The datecode stamp are still being stamped in modern philips CFLs. The two I have have the stamp.

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Nov 05, 2008 at 12:38 PM Author: arcblue
So this lamp still lights, but just takes a long while to start?

I'm lampin...

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Nov 05, 2008 at 12:53 PM Author: Prismatic
It is continously trying to start. The tube lights up in a red color tone(less mercury?) and starts to get bright at the electrodes. The brightness moves along till nearly the whole tube is bright. That is the time when its abled to strike and it stays on like a normal working SL. Of course this behaviour was not usefull and it was replaced by a new SL (with white base). I kept it because it was my first one and it is funny to watch it fighting to start.

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Nov 06, 2008 at 10:31 AM Author: monkeyface
So probably the starter went bad, it happens sometime when the lamp was switched very frequently.

Anyway welcome to LG.
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Nov 06, 2008 at 10:42 AM Author: Prismatic
Thanx for the welcome .
Ok, it definetly was switched very frequently. My brother and I didn't care about such things as kids and we both liked the blinking start-up of it. One advantage of that lamp was also the fact, that the fixture was only rated to max 60 watts and so we had more light output.

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Nov 06, 2008 at 11:20 AM Author: monkeyface
There are now two Philips SL* lamps in my stock. One SL* 18W which is well used and a NOS SL*13W, both with white bases. There is also a NOS Osram Compacta 9W from the early nieties, quite cute for such a small lamp.
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Nov 06, 2008 at 12:58 PM Author: Prismatic
I've got some Philips SL*13 from the early nienties which should be the same as your Osram Compacta. It is interesseting to see the difference in size an weight compared to the first version. My first images i plan to upload will be the three versions of the SL* series. They are my favorites

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Nov 06, 2008 at 01:53 PM Author: monkeyface
I got also three generations of the SL* lamp. The oldest are the ones as mentioned above, then the 1994 slimmer version ( SL* Comfort 13W ) and finally the latest ones from 2003 with electronic ballast.
I believe that the Osram Compacta is a Philips made lamp, but sold under the OSRAM licence.
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Nov 08, 2008 at 09:23 AM Author: sotonsteve
Back in the early to mid 1990s my parents got me a compact fluorescent lamp for my bedroom. I can't remember what wattage it was, possibly 18w, but it took a long time to warm up. It was big, bulky and very heavy, particularly the base, and the fluorescent tubes were enclosed within what seemed to be a glass opalescent diffused enclosure. The lamp did not burn to extinction, and instead my parents replaced it with a 100w GLS lamp because they thought the light output was bad for my eyes or something. For a couple of years it sat unused in a box, but I haven't seen it for about a decade. May have been thrown away, or may be hidden somewhere in the garage. I have a relative who has one just the same though, so I might sneakily swap his one with a modern compact fluorescent lamp.
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