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Morelite Reflector.

Morelite Reflector.

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Found this at a local tip shop. A really sweet looking naive reflector lamp with specular reflector and externally frosted face.

The aluminium of the reflector is so thin one can see the filament through it. The filament is a Wave Wreath with the button in the plane of the wreath. Also, the button is in the plane of the largest bulb diameter, so the peaks of the wave wreath are visible 110* off the beam's axis ....so very, very wide flood and very crude beam control considering that none of the wave wreath is at, or even near, the focal point of the reflector.

The etch is on the face and all but gone, lots of mucking about, putting it in the freezer and letting it fog up, pouring ethanol over it, putting olive oil on the face etc., could only reveal two words..."Morelite" in large linear text and "England" in smaller text in a circular arc beneath the main text....nothing else could be made out.

Its cold resistance is 218 Ohms, (a 25w GLS measures 183 Ohms), so it's power consumption is pifflingly small. Putting it on the Variac and cranking right up to 280v gave a CCT that did not exceed 2400 odd...so it is probably vacuum.

Looking for anymore info, British Collectors please!!

Edit: Peter, (migette1) picked up the E27 110v version of this from a Car-Boot sale just weeks before I found this, and the etch on his was quite clear....thanks Peter!

A commented under his You Tube Video of his lamp indicated that it was made by British Luxram...so possibly at the Knight Road works in Rochester! Amazing how we can communicate on the net these days and provide a provinance/providence for such a lamp in just days rather than years!

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Light Information

Light Information

Manufacturer:Brand, Morelite Nothing Else Known
Model Reference:R-68 Reflector
Lamp
Lamp Type:R-68 x 93 Reflector
Filament/Radiator Type:7WR(1) Seven Sypport Wave/Vee Wreath, Single Coil
Base:B22d-2/25x26 Brass
Shape/Finish:Externally Frosted Face, Internally Vapor Aluminized....very thin!
Service Life:Unknown, suspect 1000-1500 hours
Electrical
Wattage:<20
Voltage:c250 ?
Current:Not Yet Measured
Optical
Lumen Output:Low
Lumen Efficacy:Low
Color Temperature:2450-2500
Color Rendering Index:100
Physical/Production
Dimensions:69mm dia., 97mm tall
Factory Location:Possibly Knight Road, Rochester. 51.388402N, 0.485931E
Fabrication Date:Suspect about 1935. Seconded by my peers so far!

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Feb 09, 2019 at 05:49 PM Author: migette1
Hi check out my You Tube....Morlite Lamp made between 1925 & 1935...migette1

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Feb 09, 2019 at 07:30 PM Author: Globe Collector
Thanks Peter, Will do... If anybody knows anything, you'd be that person!

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Feb 09, 2019 at 07:48 PM Author: Globe Collector
You have a copy of David Dolby Jones' lamp collector's magazine there....I have that issue too!

Oh, the E27 version....

I will link to your video here.

I will show you how it is done too...

"Buletin Board Code" for line two lines above this one...

"I will link {url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNZkxw9uxeU}to your video{/url} here."

Simply replace "{" with "[" and "}" with "]" to make it work!

The URL....this thing..." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNZkxw9uxeU " was copied off the You Tube page for the video.

A raw URL will also work, as in the line directly above this one...looks a bit unsightly, but is functional...BUT, don't put other characters up against it like this "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNZkxw9uxeU" , here, the quotation marks up against it stop it from linking...so leave a space at each end, then it should work.

So now if you click over the text that appears in bold in the example, or in blue hypertext above, or the URL itself, you will be taken out of LG to You Tube. It works with any URL, other LG pages, You Tube, E-Bay, Google Maps...in fact any web page, because every web page has a unoque URL like every telephone has a unique number!

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Feb 09, 2019 at 08:03 PM Author: Globe Collector
Can I get you to count the support wires again please Peter...mine has 7. Could you also put the multimeter across it too please, I'd like to know the resistance of yours. Mine is 218 Ohms as I mention above.

I connected mine to the Variac at about 120v, the colour temperature was so low I cranked it all the way up to 280v and barely reached 2400K even that high, I did have a 60w lamp in series with it when I did this.


I see your E27 socket is from a Trolley Bus, I have some identical.

I will see if I can remove the "e" from the name above...these pages are very difficult to edit.

I see under your video "Levon Fan Enthusiast" did some research suggesting they were allied with Luxram in some way. And at some point Luxram was allied with Philips...I wonder was there an overlap.

Luxram's plant was in Knight Road, Rochester and the building is a bedding place now. It ceased being a lamp plant in the '60's, I wonder was it operating back in the '20's?

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Feb 10, 2019 at 02:38 AM Author: migette1

Can I get you to count the support wires again please Peter...mine has 7. Could you also put the multimeter across it too please, I'd like to know the resistance of yours. Mine is 218 Ohms as I mention above.

I connected mine to the Variac at about 120v, the colour temperature was so low I cranked it all the way up to 280v and barely reached 2400K even that high, I did have a 60w lamp in series with it when I did this.


I see your E27 socket is from a Trolley Bus, I have some identical.




Yes checked my lamp which is 110v 25w it has 5 supports and same filament as yours restence is 75 ohms but 110v version.

Thanks for that info about setting up Y/T will have to try again, Alex my good mate has tried to explain but I just have a mental block, hoping he can show me how to do this when he visits me later this month but will have a go on my own from your instructions...thanks again Andrew.

I will see if I can remove the "e" from the name above...these pages are very difficult to edit.

I see under your video "Levon Fan Enthusiast" did some research suggesting they were allied with Luxram in some way. And at some point Luxram was allied with Philips...I wonder was there an overlap.

Luxram's plant was in Knight Road, Rochester and the building is a bedding place now. It ceased being a lamp plant in the '60's, I wonder was it operating back in the '20's?

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Feb 10, 2019 at 04:20 AM Author: Globe Collector
Thanks Peter, 75 Ohms sounds about correct for a 110v model and the two less supports would be expected too.

I have measured the cold resistances of quite a few more 25w lamps since the comments above and they vary wildy. Single-coil vacuum version measure higher, whilst gasfilled coiled-coil versions measure lower. If you divide the cold resistance into the hot resistancem you get the "hot-cold-ratio" the lower this is, the longer and thinner the filament generally is.

It is actually quite complex because in coiled coil lamps adjacent turns heat each other...and we all know the Langmuir sheath effect with gas filled lamps and what huge effects it has...

So I reckon mine is 25w like yours...I just have to get a shunt resistor in series and measure the current.

You have been so amazingly helpful because two days ago this lamp was an utter mystery...had I not been able to make the feint name out on the front, it most likely still would be! Seeing the etch of your lamp confirmed the vestiges of the layout I could see...so now I have the power and voltage ratings, a crude date and a possible plant of origin...!!

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Feb 10, 2019 at 11:48 AM Author: migette1
Hi glad to help Andrew, don't know where that came from but must of been a boot sale.

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Feb 10, 2019 at 05:17 PM Author: Globe Collector
This came from the Mc Robies Gully Tip Shop, it was in a box with a whole lot of other more modern reflector lamps....but It really stood out....Initially I thought it to be a Philips Comptalux...but the instant I saw that wave wreath filament I knew it wasn't a Comptalux!

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Feb 11, 2019 at 03:58 AM Author: migette1
Thanks Andrew

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