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Old BC type fluorescents « on: October 30, 2017, 04:47:26 PM » Author: highjon
Hi. What do you guys think of these old GEC fluorescents that I managed to salvage from a job im rewiring.. there are 8 complete units all working, with BC type 5foot tubes. Very art deco, taken from a diamond house in Glasgow sitting above the suspended ceiling. Got a few spare components also... nice
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Re: Old BC type fluorescents « Reply #1 on: October 30, 2017, 04:49:24 PM » Author: highjon
Some more pics...
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Re: Old BC type fluorescents « Reply #2 on: October 30, 2017, 04:51:38 PM » Author: highjon
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Re: Old BC type fluorescents « Reply #3 on: November 01, 2017, 03:15:47 PM » Author: HomeBrewLamps
These are nice... How do you install bc type bulbs though? Do the end flip outward or something?
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Re: Old BC type fluorescents « Reply #4 on: November 01, 2017, 04:34:11 PM » Author: nicksfans
That is SO COOL!!! Shocked
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Re: Old BC type fluorescents « Reply #5 on: November 01, 2017, 04:49:43 PM » Author: highjon
The white metal covers come off over the end caps, just a screw holding it in place, to reveal Bayonet cap sockets on flying leads....neverseen this before myself.  I believe the shop got refitted in 1952... see pic
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Re: Old BC type fluorescents « Reply #6 on: November 08, 2017, 04:26:10 PM » Author: TL8W
Lamps range in age from the 1960s to mid 80s (Thorn EMI is from between 1984 and 1987)
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Re: Old BC type fluorescents « Reply #7 on: November 16, 2017, 07:14:12 PM » Author: highjon
Thanks. good info... although I thought the BC ends on tubes were 40's-50's..
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Re: Old BC type fluorescents « Reply #8 on: November 17, 2017, 06:48:56 AM » Author: TL8W
You have correctly identified these lamps as having been introduced in the 40s, but they in fact remained in production until 1992. Since then, installations have been maintained with ‘composite’ lamps, in which a standard Bi-pin ended tube is fitted with BC adaptors at each end.  Indeed there are still a few of these luminaires in operation on London Underground!
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Re: Old BC type fluorescents « Reply #9 on: December 04, 2017, 12:20:01 PM » Author: hannahs lights
What a nice find I just hope they all work or at least some of them if they are that old don't forget to check they are for 240 volts 50 cycles and not some non standard supply I know you know this but it never hurts to mention it
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Re: Old BC type fluorescents « Reply #10 on: December 05, 2017, 09:49:53 AM » Author: trencheel303
I’ve seen these on eBay. I only have one BC tube currently but that is quite an eye opener. I’m no stranger to Glasgow either...
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Re: Old BC type fluorescents « Reply #11 on: December 05, 2017, 01:26:21 PM » Author: hannahs lights
It makes me feel old I remember BC caped tubes in a shop in Thatchem when I was about 8 or 10 years oldu
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Re: Old BC type fluorescents « Reply #12 on: January 12, 2018, 06:32:51 PM » Author: Miss Cuddly
Nice find, any spares..? Kiss
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Re: Old BC type fluorescents « Reply #13 on: January 12, 2018, 06:33:16 PM » Author: MissRiaElaine
I had a 5ft 80W tube sitting on my bedroom window when I was a kid, wish I still had it  Sad
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Re: Old BC type fluorescents « Reply #14 on: January 13, 2018, 05:18:02 AM » Author: funkybulb
These GEC Gullwings fittings are so  cool.  Only sad thing
Getting one across the pond. We have 80 watts 5 footer but there about 2 inches off in lenths cause there HO tubes
And i do own a set of BC end caps to install on decapped
HO tubes.

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