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Norelco Mercury Vapor Light

Norelco Mercury Vapor Light

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This is a Norelco mercury vapor dusk to dawn light I just got used off eBay. These were an early model of security light. This design was replaced in the 80s by the grooved head design. It should be noted that neither design are true NEMA heads.
This one was supplied with an Advance ballast and came with a Sylvania lamp.

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Manufacturer:NORth amErican philips Lighting COrporation
Lamp
Lamp Type:Mercury Vapor
Shape/Finish:BT-28
Fixture
Fixture Type:Security Light
Ballast Type:Advance H39 HX-NPF
Socket Type:Mogul Screw (E39)
Photocell Type:Precision Multiple Controls P2-275
Electrical
Wattage:175
Voltage:120v
Physical/Production
Factory Location:USA
Fabrication Date:1970s

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Mar 20, 2009 at 10:16 AM Author:
nice light!....would be nice if they still made them.
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Mar 21, 2009 at 01:55 PM Author: Servicer One
I'm a fan of this style as opposed to the grooved style shown in the other pic. Nice Find!!! The Norelco was the first yard blaster I had ever seen up close. If my memory serves me well, I think it was at Sears.
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May 21, 2011 at 09:09 PM Author: icefoglights
This originally came with a Sylvania Unalux HPS retrofit lamp. I'm beginning to think this may have been an early example of an HPS security light, using a mercury vapor ballast and an HPS retrofit lamp.

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Jan 09, 2012 at 09:47 AM Author: power bracket
I have a pic of mine in my gallery. Norelco also made these with a 250 self ballasted mercury vapor lamp and NO ballast. They came with a 24" up curved almuinum arm usually. I saw my first one of these too at a sears store in San Diego around 1973... K mart also sold the heck out of em back in the day....

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Jan 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM Author: bluminator71
I absolutely love this fixture; I have a 1980 Norelco, but it was missing the bucket lens and it doesn't work. I salvaged it off of an abandoned building. I sure would love to find one of these.
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Jan 30, 2012 at 12:05 AM Author: icefoglights
That's cool! Unfortunately the lenses on mine were on their last legs, and they didn't survive my last move. Fortunately, they are easy to replace on these. One of these days, I'm going to place an order with Formed Plastics for some new ones.

You maybe able to scrounge up a replacement ballast that will fit, or you can bypass the ballast and wire it to run incandescents, SBMVs or CFLs.

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Mar 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM Author: don93s
I wish all bucket lights had replaceable lenses. That's a big plus, even if not true NEMA dimensions.
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Jun 24, 2013 at 09:11 AM Author: streetlight98
technically if it will hold a standard 12" bucket with latches then it is a NEMA head regardless of the size of the upper head itself. This is a real NEMA head. what makes it a NEMA head is that the optics are attached by latches and are interchangable with other 12" buckets, gumball optics, teardrop optics, etc. Also NEMA heads don't have the triangle flange near the slipfitter, which this doesn't.

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Jun 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM Author: icefoglights
The thing with this is that the latches aren't the same as on a standard NEMA. You can't unlatch an optical assembly off of a GE or AE NEMA and latch it to this one.

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Jun 24, 2013 at 01:38 PM Author: streetlight98
Oh i see. the latches aren't compatable then? Darn. This thing is so close to a NEMA. Though a GE or AEL NEMA bucket won't fit on this, would this fixture's optics fit on a GE or AEL NEMA?

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Jun 24, 2013 at 09:47 PM Author: icefoglights
The latches are different, and the diameter of the opening where the optical assembly fits into the head is different. Pretty much inconpatable with standard NEMAs. The refractor is a standard 12" though, and can be swapped and replaced with others, including closed buckets and plastic teardrops.

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Sep 19, 2014 at 08:12 PM Author: ace100w120v
I like these old Norelco lights a lot!
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