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Day-Brite fluorescent fixture

Day-Brite fluorescent fixture

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A friend gave me this fixture, which originally was white but he had painted it hammered silver. Inner lamps now are GE's and outers are early 90's Philips; all are 4100K. Three starters are GE FS-4 metal can types and one has a manual-reset starter. This also has a replacement GE socket/starter socket from don93s. The huge Jefferson Electric Tulamp ballasts run nice & quiet. BTW, does this fixture qualify as a "half-piper"? It has a gentle curve but not as extreme as the half-pipe fixtures shown elsewhere on this site.

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Light Information

Light Information

Manufacturer:Day-Brite Lighting
Model Reference:Unknown
Lamp
Lamp Type:F40T12
Base:G13 bi-pin
Shape/Finish:T12
Service Life:20,000 hrs
Fixture
Fixture Type:Fluorescent, commercial
Ballast Type:Magnetic Pre-heat TuLamp
Location:Garage
Electrical
Wattage:160
Voltage:120
Optical
Lumen Output:Around 11,000
Color Temperature:4100K
Color Rendering Index:62
Physical/Production
Factory Location:USA
Fabrication Date:late 1940's? 50's?
Application/Use:General lighting

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Sep 21, 2007 at 10:22 PM Author: jercar954
Very, very nice classic fixture. Always use FS-40 starters as they will enhance ballast life.

Preheat and T-12 fluorescents forever! Down with LED's and instant start T-8 fluorescents.





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Sep 21, 2007 at 10:33 PM Author:
Those were one of the light styles I saw in movie called "Hair Spray" which I made a new post about lighting in movies here Also I may have a starter with socket together from Levetion....which may match the others better.....but i have to look them up since i have used some of them, and some were apart too...
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Verd a ray classic.


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Sep 21, 2007 at 10:50 PM Author: Silverliner
Very nice preheater Alain! I call them "wide half pipers". There are similar ones still in use here in Southern CA. One of my preheaters has a Jefferson Tulamp ballast from the early 40s. Orginally it had a '39-'41 Jefferson Electric Tulamp ballast that used an external starting compensator, but something went wrong with the primary side in the ballast so I had to put in a slightly newer Jefferson Electric Tulamp ballast with an internal compensator but otherwise very similar to the orginial. Eventual plans for the orginial ballast is to have it rebuilt.

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Jan 03, 2009 at 02:12 PM Author: DaveMan
Those lampholders are GE's and I have a fixture that has identical sockets to those ones shown here. I originally got that to get the ballast out of and I'd be more than happy to give you the sockets so you can have an identical replacement for that one socket if you like.

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Aug 19, 2010 at 07:29 AM Author: form109
very Nice wide half piper.

Personally i think that all Lamp Bans are idiotic,the idea of telling us we cant use this lamp type just cause its less efficent is highly communist in nature...really what good is it going to do?

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Aug 24, 2010 at 08:30 PM Author: arcblue
Now watch a startup video of this light.

I'm lampin...

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^homebuilt fixture


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Aug 24, 2010 at 08:43 PM Author: xmaslightguy
Don't know if it'd call it a half piper, but no doubt a nice looking fixture!
Have to check out the startup video later

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

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Nov 30, 2012 at 06:46 PM Author: DaveMan
I found a vintage lighting catalog that included old fluorescents and found out that this is actually the inner fixture of a Day Brite fixture. They made several different louver assemblies that fit around this particular fixtures housing. I think there was also an open fixture with decorative round end caps that used this inner fixture. It seems that Day Brite actually had entire fixture outer housings go onto an inner housing which could be attached and detached with spring clip latches and they hung onto the fixture on service chains. Given that this is just the inner fixture it's hard to know what type of outer housing was on this fixture originally but check out the commercial fluorescents in this 1953 lighting catalog. It also seems Day Brite did that inner and outer fixture thing with a sizable amount of their older fixtures. My wraparound is like that too in that the end caps actually attach to the diffuser by way of a metal skeleton that also hooks onto the fixture using spring latches. I posted a forum topic about this catalog. I wonder how easy it would be to find an outer fixture assembly that would fit onto this fixture.

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Jan 12, 2013 at 02:57 PM Author: arcblue
Thanks for the info, Dave...the former owner of this fixture said this fixture originally had the louvered frame, but it was damaged so he threw it away.

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