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Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « on: June 24, 2022, 12:44:00 AM » Author: 108CAM
I've been wanting to add an SOX street light and a few spare lamps to my collection before they become unobtainium. I know SOX is getting more and more expensive and I'd like to start saving up. Any advice on what fixture I should get? Keep in mind that I may have to import it into Australia and I need it to work on 240 volts.
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Re: Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « Reply #1 on: June 24, 2022, 04:25:06 AM » Author: Econolite03
Here’s my take.

The most popular first LPS fixture is typically along the lines of a Thorn Beta 5. They’re compact, relatively easy to find for sale, and are typically 35W SOX. They tend to be 240V 50Hz on UK eBay.

Another optional (if you’re brave) is something like the Spaulding Palomar PR-90 90W SOX. They’re not too big, full cutoff which is unheard of on other continents besides North America, and there’s a eBay seller with pallets of those luminaries and I’m sure you could work something out to import one. The only issue with those is they’re 120V 60Hz from US eBay, but I’m sure a Fulham Workhorse could be used.

Hope this could help and good luck.
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Re: Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « Reply #2 on: June 24, 2022, 04:28:17 AM » Author: 108CAM
Thanks. I was also thinking of purchasing a lamp and gear on it's own and putting it inside a housing I already have.
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Re: Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « Reply #3 on: June 24, 2022, 11:13:50 AM » Author: Burrito
You could also make one out of sheet steel and form it to your liking
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Re: Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « Reply #4 on: June 24, 2022, 11:43:10 AM » Author: Mandolin Girl
Doing that without the necessary machinery isn't as easy as it sounds.  :wndr:
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Re: Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « Reply #5 on: June 24, 2022, 12:21:15 PM » Author: Burrito
I know, but it's just a thought
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Re: Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « Reply #6 on: July 29, 2022, 01:33:17 PM » Author: HIDLad001
Thomas Duplex Super Safelight, but I am not sure if they sold them down under, so you may need to import one from the US.
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Re: Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « Reply #7 on: July 29, 2022, 02:06:43 PM » Author: Burrito
What do those look like?
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Re: Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « Reply #8 on: July 29, 2022, 02:12:27 PM » Author: HIDLad001
What do those look like?

Here is an example.
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Re: Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « Reply #9 on: July 29, 2022, 02:25:08 PM » Author: RadiantMV
I’d recommend one of the larger Philips lanterns, specifically the MA-90, MA-50 or MA-60, which are 90, 135 and 180 watts respectively.
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Re: Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « Reply #10 on: July 29, 2022, 02:28:08 PM » Author: Mandolin Girl
The shipping of one of them to the land of Oz is going to be a killer.!!!  :o :poof:
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Re: Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « Reply #11 on: July 29, 2022, 04:19:53 PM » Author: joseph_125
Something small like the Philips Goldeye or the Philips Mini-SOX are a good choice too. They are both bulkhead/wallpack lights so if you're looking for a roadway style light you might want to look elsewhere.
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Re: Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « Reply #12 on: July 29, 2022, 07:44:15 PM » Author: Rommie
Yeah the Goldeye is good, but it's not all that efficient and runs very hot. It also doesn't have a PFC capacitor, which doesn't help, I put a 24µF one in mine which brought the power factor up to 0.96 from down in the 0.24 region somewhere IIRC.
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Re: Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « Reply #13 on: July 29, 2022, 08:30:58 PM » Author: 108CAM
I'm proud to say that this converted 250w MH Philips ConTempo floodlight is my first SOX fixture!
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Re: Good First SOX/LPS Fixture « Reply #14 on: August 05, 2022, 10:43:02 PM » Author: joseph_125
@Rommie - Yeah, it's a shame that the Goldeye ballasts run so hot and at such a poor PF. On my first generation one, I found a 17.5µF capacitor (same as for 175w MV CWA) works pretty well to raise the PF above 0.90. There were native 240v 50Hz versions of the Goldeye in Australia. I suspect they have much more efficient gear in them.

@108CAM - Nice conversion!
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