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Fluorescent Railing Lighting

Fluorescent Railing Lighting

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When the elevated portion of the Gardiner Expressway opened in the 1960s, the ramps where illuminated with fluorescent lamps mounted in the railings. The majority of these fixtures where removed and replaced with a conventional railing when they when from fluoreecent to LPS/SOX in 1975 but I discovered these ones that were missed out during the retrofit. They don't work anymore but they provide a good insight on how the railing lighting was installed.

The railing lighting fixtures are made by Powerlite Devices, a formerly prominent manufacturer of outdoor lighting here. They also made the poles and 6' fluorescent luminaires for the main portion of the elevated Gardiner. The railing fixtures look to be around 8' long and contain to 4' fluorescent lamps mounted in tandem. I'm not sure yet if the fixtures were designed to use HO or VHO/PG17 lamps. Here is a streetview of the railing lights.

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Light Information

Manufacturer:Powerlite Devices Limited
Lamp
Lamp Type:2x F48T12/HO or 2x F48PG17
Base:RDC
Fixture
Fixture Type:Railing Lights
Ballast Type:Magnetic rapid start
Location:Gardiner Expressway offramp
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Fabrication Date:1960s

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Aug 09, 2018 at 07:52 PM Author: paintballer22
When I was living in Hawaii. The main highways had something very similar. They used HO lamps. Most were still in use when I moved in 2011.
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Aug 09, 2018 at 08:29 PM Author: High Intensity
I recently saw a road with some of those rail lights except they appeared to be LED, and i don't mean they were retrofitted from fluorescent to LED as the light was way to consistent to have been fluorescent.

Old lighting is, and will always be, the best lighting.

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Aug 10, 2018 at 05:23 AM Author: rjluna2
That is an interesting find, Joseph

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Aug 10, 2018 at 12:20 PM Author: joseph_125
Interesting, I took a look on Streetview and I found some of the major highways near Honolulu Airport that still have fluorescent railing lights. I wonder how many installations of these railing lights are still in use.
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Aug 10, 2018 at 01:57 PM Author: paintballer22
That was one of the areas they are still in use when I was living there.
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Aug 10, 2018 at 09:28 PM Author: xmaslightguy
That's pretty cool, if it worked you certainly couldnt miss the edge of the road/guardrails.
Never seen lighted guardrails like that before.

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

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