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Absolutely Fried !!!!

Absolutely Fried !!!!

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This poor little lamp is done for !! I got this from a Spaulding Post top light at an old gas station/car wash that's being torn down . YES , it's that dim and greened out!
The photo was taken after letting it run for about 15 minutes . It's not even as bright as a 15w incandescent !! The amount of heat this produces is unreal !

If this is indeed a GE The Date code on the stem press is D8G any ideas ??

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Manufacturer:General Electric ?
Lamp
Lamp Type:100 w Mercury Vapor
Filament/Radiator Type:Arc-tube
Base:Mogul
Shape/Finish:ED-23 1/2
Service Life:EOL
Fixture
Location:my collection (for now)
Electrical
Wattage:100
Optical
Lumen Output:At This Present Time , Almost NONE !!
Physical/Production
Fabrication Date:Date Code D8G
Application/Use:Night Light

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Nov 21, 2020 at 05:56 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
I let this run for close to a hour . The ballast was NOT happy with this ! It was just north of 170°f when I pulled the plug !

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Nov 21, 2020 at 06:02 PM Author: Wireman
I realize that this lamp is pretty much done for but for some reason I've always been fascinated by coated MV lamps that are close to EOL... I like the color and they have character!

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Nov 21, 2020 at 06:05 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
I'm curious what this did to the ballast in the post top !

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Nov 21, 2020 at 06:06 PM Author: Wireman
I'm wondering that myself! Probably really pissed it off!

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Nov 21, 2020 at 08:07 PM Author: CreeRSW207
Wow! What fixture is the bulb inside?

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Nov 21, 2020 at 08:14 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
I was running it in my 100w MV ITT 13 . It came out of this : https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastcom&cat=12766&pos=4&pid=189298

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Nov 22, 2020 at 12:38 AM Author: joseph_125
I have a 100w MV lamp like this. It dosen't even strike on some ballasts and on the ones that is does it's only about as bright as a 25w incandescent.

Lamp came out of a old recessed can, probably ran 24/7 from 1975 to 1994.
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Nov 22, 2020 at 12:46 AM Author: Lumex120

I'm curious what this did to the ballast in the post top !


When I got my 175w MV 113s a few years ago, one had a no-name lamp that must have had some sort of internal short. When I tried turning it on, the lamp did nothing but the ballast started heated up to the point it was making crackling noises and smelling weird. I didn't leave it on for more than 30 seconds or so, but if I'm correct the lights were still connected and switched on every night up until they were replaced (despite neither of them having working lamps, presumably for several years). They were part of a large parking lot light system that also consisted of 400w HPS Unistyles, and all must have been connected to a central switch considering the 113s had shorting caps and the Unistyles didn't have photocell sockets at all. So basically, the ballast must have survived trying to start a shorted lamp for a long time, considering that once I put a fresh lamp in the light it fired right up and had no issues.

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Nov 22, 2020 at 12:49 AM Author: wide-lite 1000
I'm kinda curious exactly how old this lamp actually is .I'm guessing this piece of junk is a GE by the Date Code on the stem press (D8G) which could either be April '78 or '88 I believe. I'm glad I didn't pay anything for this !

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Nov 22, 2020 at 12:52 AM Author: wide-lite 1000
@ Lumex120 : I guess I'll find out if I do get the post tops !

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Nov 23, 2020 at 10:53 PM Author: arcblue
“But it still lights up, so we don’t need to change it....”
Wonder if it’s the original lamp from that fixture!

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Nov 24, 2020 at 01:09 AM Author: HomeBrewLamps
A good space heater. It's not junk until it cant strike. Put a reflector on it and run it off of a crappy ballast. Use it as a make shift heater lol. It'd make a good infrared heater with all the heat you speak of.

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Nov 24, 2020 at 11:15 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
@ arcblue : I'd guess it's at least the 2nd lamp as the screw holding the light closed is snapped off. As far as I know , the light is mid to late 70's and the lamp seems to be mid to late 80's ( not sure on the lamp date though.
@ HomeBrewLamps : According to my infrared thermometer , after about 5 minutes of run time this lamp will runs at well over 350°F ! I think this little green monster needs a ride on the 1000w HPS ballast !!

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Nov 24, 2020 at 11:37 PM Author: joseph_125
The one I have needs to be slightly overdriven on a 100w PSMH ballast in order for it to strike.

I should really point my infrared thermometer at it after a few minutes to see how hot it gets.
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Nov 24, 2020 at 11:47 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
This one got to over 430°F after 1/2 hr.

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Nov 25, 2020 at 12:48 AM Author: joseph_125
I just tested mine, it got to 273.5°C/524.3°F after 1/2 hour.
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Nov 25, 2020 at 12:51 AM Author: wide-lite 1000
I say that all of the energy consumed by the arc-tube is just being converted to heat instead of light !

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Nov 25, 2020 at 11:52 AM Author: joseph_125
Yeah no kidding. Mine is also a GE for the record, a A23 100w /DX from 1974. Eventually I'd like to get a new GE A23 just to compare it with. Also because I think the GE A23 mercury lamps have the best etch style and location.
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Nov 25, 2020 at 12:31 PM Author: Mandolin Girl
This is more fried than the one we got sent by Andy (589)

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