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Lamp, electric

Details

Artifact no.
1992.1661.001
Manufacturer
POWERLITE
Context Function
LUMINAIRE PROVIDES A HOUSING FOR LAMPS & MEANS OF CONNECTING THEM TO ELECTRICITY/ TOGETHER UNIT PROVIDES LIGHT FOR STREET LIGHTING & POSSIBLY OTHER OUTDOOR LIGHTING
Context Technical
FLUORESCENT LIGHTS CAME ON THE MARKET IN 1938/ THEY WERE 1ST TRIED FOR STREET LIGHTING IN THE U.S. IN 1941, BUT WERE LITTLE USED UNTIL 1950 WHEN SEVERAL U.S. CITIES INSTALLED THEM/ IT WAS REPORTED THAT VISIBILITY WAS BETTER ON BOTH WET & DRY PAVEMENT WITH FLUORESCENT LIGHTS AS COMPARED TO MERCURY ARC OR INCANDESCENT LIGHT
Description
METAL, SYNTHETIC, FOAM, ALSO GLASS & RUBBER IN TUBES/ FIBRE COVERED WIRES PROTRUDING FROM END
Number of Parts
1
Artifact Finish
OUTER CASING APPEARS PAINTED SILVER-GREY, TRANSPARENT, COLOURLESS COVER/ CHROME-LIKE FINISH INSIDE, BLUE, RED, YELLOW & BLACK WIRES/ TUBES ARE WHITE WITH BLACK ENDS/ FOAM AROUND EDGES IS A DIRTY YELLOW-BROWN COLOUR
Artifact Markings
RAISED LETTERING NEAR MOUNTING END 'POWERLITE'
Group 1
Lighting Technology
Category 1
Lighting devices
Subcategory 1
Electric
Material
metal->;synthetic->;synthetic->foam;glass->;resin->rubber;fibre
Length
159.0 cm
Width
40.0 cm