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What are the oldest street/security lights in your area? « on: April 14, 2019, 11:17:44 AM » Author: Cole D.
So everyone, what would be the oldest street or security lights still installed/in service in your area? I was at first going to put only utility/municipally owned fixtures, but I figured I'd include privately owned fixtures as a secondary.

For my area I'll say it's a toss up between a GE M-400 from the early 1960s, two American Electric 15-000 from the early 60s or two Westinghouse OV-15 from the 60s. For NEMAs it's some GE 101SA (not sure how many there are) and a few Westinghouse Viscounts. There used to be another early M-400 PAL at a business but it recently stopped working.
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Re: What are the oldest street/security lights in your area? « Reply #1 on: April 14, 2019, 08:01:40 PM » Author: fluorescent lover 40
For streetlights, it's only 4 OV-25s I saw. And a 100w HPS M-250R1 if you can count those. The oldest security lights are typically McGraw Edison/Handyman NH1204M 175w MV lights and ITT/American Electric DR70Hs, DR100Ms, and R175Ms Also the occasional NEMA head.
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Re: What are the oldest street/security lights in your area? « Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 08:34:30 PM » Author: wide-lite 1000
There is a mobile home park in Columbus that is lit by Incandescent westy gumballs on approx. 20ft steel light poles. Most of them still work !
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Re: What are the oldest street/security lights in your area? « Reply #3 on: April 15, 2019, 04:37:26 PM » Author: Cole D.
Yeah, a few houses in my neighborhood have those McGraw Edison Handyman lights too, which I like them. Also nearby I saw a yard light that looks like a NEMA head and it has a smooth reflector. I think it could be one of those Norelco ones, from the 1970s. But I've never seen it on at night.

Also yet, a few other homes have those older GE post tops from the 60s or 70s, in MV.

That's cool, I've never seen any gumballs around here or incandescent street/yard lights either.
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Re: What are the oldest street/security lights in your area? « Reply #4 on: April 16, 2019, 12:22:01 AM » Author: joseph_125
Toronto has some pretty old stuff still in use.

Pemco Fishhead and GE M-400 - MV retrofitted to HPS in the 1990s.

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First gen OV-25 - MV retrofitted to HPS

OV-20 Pendant - 400w MV

GEC "Diffractor" Z8128 - 400w MV
I believe this is a UK streetlight that's probably from the late 1940s to 1950s.

I have some more listed here in one of my galleries.

Palmerston Blvd lights These might not look special but I believe these are among the oldest lights in the city. The poles and fixtures are from the 1900s but they've been retrofitted from incandescent to PSMH and the globes from glass to plastic.

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Re: What are the oldest street/security lights in your area? « Reply #5 on: April 16, 2019, 09:59:19 PM » Author: Cole D.
Toronto has some pretty old stuff still in use.

Pemco Fishhead and GE M-400 - MV retrofitted to HPS in the 1990s.

Powerlite Radial Wave

First gen OV-25 - MV retrofitted to HPS

OV-20 Pendant - 400w MV

GEC "Diffractor" Z8128 - 400w MV
I believe this is a UK streetlight that's probably from the late 1940s to 1950s.

I have some more listed here in one of my galleries.

Palmerston Blvd lights These might not look special but I believe these are among the oldest lights in the city. The poles and fixtures are from the 1900s but they've been retrofitted from incandescent to PSMH and the globes from glass to plastic.



I love how Toronto has all of those MH gumballs. They look great.
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Re: What are the oldest street/security lights in your area? « Reply #6 on: April 17, 2019, 06:24:17 PM » Author: joseph_125
I love how Toronto has all of those MH gumballs. They look great.

Yeah, they're pretty neat and much better alternative to installing HPS. The majority of the gumballs were installed in the mid 90s and replaced multiple incandescent gumballs. The model used in the initial install are Cooper URB which were discontinued in 2008ish. Newer installations use bare aluminium King Luminaire PSMH teardrop fixtures.
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