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Incredibly rare find! Soviet SELZ 1966 LB F30T12 (!!!!!!) NOS fluorescent tubes

Incredibly rare find! Soviet SELZ 1966 LB F30T12 (!!!!!!) NOS fluorescent tubes

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Today after I finished my greenhouse upgrade, I sat down and looked at adverts on internet about lamps. I found one local in my area, and the dude was selling a full box of these! HOW A W E S O M E IS THIS! In soviet union F30 T12 tubes were incredibly rare! There were plenty of F30T8 but T12??? That is practically unheard of! Even in Russia tube collectors struggle to find these tubes in their area, and here it is - a DUDE in Lithuania that HAS A FULL BOX OF THESE! This picture shows the tubes lit. It is 30 watts, T12 and LB color (Natural white) at 3500k. Being unused NOS, sitting in a unheated shed for 64 years it did struggle to start, but all of them did start, except for one. One had air leaked inside and it the filaments pinged on me after few blinks from the starter. Shame, but hey - at least I have four absolutely beautiful and extremely rare brilliant examples of soviet industrialization. These tubes had so little demand in USSR that these were made probably once in 5 years in a small batch and then equally distributed trough the whole of USSR. The reason why they had so little demand was that the 60% of all illumination in soviet union was done by 4 ft F40T12 and 5 ft F80T12 HO fluorescent tubes. The other 35 to 38% was done by F20T12 and F30T8 and other short equivalents and the rest 2 percent were F30T12. So you can see that me finding these things unused in original sleeves is one of the chances that never happens twice. I might go and buy myself a lottery ticket I don't know.. .

Also, I had to make a three foot fixture to test these tubes, since until now I only had one three foot tube in entire collection and that was the Philips Alto F30T12 one that somehow ended up here in Lithuania, in my possession.

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Light Information

Manufacturer:SELZ
Model Reference:LB F30T12
Lamp
Lamp Type:Fluorescent
Filament/Radiator Type:Double coiled emitter coated cathode filament
Base:G13 bi-pin
Shape/Finish:Tubular tube
Service Life:approx 30k hours
Electrical
Wattage:30w
Voltage:200v
Optical
Lumen Output:High
Lumen Efficacy:Moderate
Color Temperature:3500k
Color Rendering Index:Pretty good
Physical/Production
Factory Location:USSR Smolensk
Fabrication Date:1966
Application/Use:For general lighting

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Feb 16, 2020 at 05:28 PM Author: Proteus
Very nice tube, congratulation! As well here in Switzerland, F30T12 are incredible rare, as well the F30T8 was not that common around here...
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Feb 17, 2020 at 03:54 AM Author: vytautas_lamps

Very nice tube, congratulation! As well here in Switzerland, F30T12 are incredible rare, as well the F30T8 was not that common around here...

Thanks! I am still baffled to this day on how I was able to find these things

Also, I have a question for you: You live in Switzerland right? Question: Do you still have t121 tubes readily available in your stores or is it banned over there too as here in Lithuania? I think the last t12 (it was a Hungarian GE) tube I found for sale was in 2008. Do you still have them there or no? I am DYING to know!

New lighting technologies is a pity fest everywhere you look. From LEDs that last only for two months, to a never-ending global starvation of t8 fluorescent tubes.
We shall reinforce ourselves with good old full mercury t12s and HIDs made to surpass one's life, and give them all the middle finger ;

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Feb 17, 2020 at 06:37 AM Author: Proteus

Thanks! I am still baffled to this day on how I was able to find these things

Also, I have a question for you: You live in Switzerland right? Question: Do you still have t121 tubes readily available in your stores or is it banned over there too as here in Lithuania? I think the last t12 (it was a Hungarian GE) tube I found for sale was in 2008. Do you still have them there or no? I am DYING to know!


Sometimes, we deserved a good portion of luck, as in your case

Yes, I live in Switzerland. And no, unfortunately in general stores it's no more possible to buy T12 tubes, but they are still listed in some electric wholesaler catalogues, so it should be possible to still order generic F20 / F40 CW lamps, as well for the IRS lamp with starter strip.
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