|Some of the photocells in my collection
are pictured here lined up in a row, from
left to right.... Zodion (says SS2 underneath but SS5 on the circuit
board!), Zodion SS5, Zodion Super 6, Royce
Thompson Oasis 1000, Royce Thompson Oasis 2000. I also now have a
Zodion SS4 and 2 SELC 8480 cells.
|MY URBIS ALTRA 2...|
|One of the latest lanterns in my
collection (acquired late 2018) is this Urbis Altra 2 with a Philips
36W PL-L fluorescent duo-tube. A SELC 8480 photocell controls the
switching operation. It is currently mounted on the bracket and
lights up the room well.
|...MY URBIS ALTRA 2|
|MY PHILIPS MI26 AND MI35...|
|Two of the latest lanterns in my
collection (acquired late 2018) are these, a Philips MI26 (26w SOX) and MI35
(35w SOX). A SELC 8480 photocell
came with one of them. They were extremely dirty after spending many
years out in all weathers including spiders and webs inside, but I
managed to clean them up pretty well. I will keep the MI35 in
storage but put the MI26 on the wall bracket at some point in time.
|...MY PHILIPS MI26 AND MI35|
|MY THORN ALPHA 1...|
|This is my Thorn Alpha 1.
90W SOX with unknown photocell (it could be a 1970's Royce Thompson
P42 if anyone can confirm). It is in full working order but
unlike my other lanterns, the Alpha 1 requires external control gear
(which I have not got) so I can not power it on at this current
time, therefore it is just mounted on the wall bracket for display
purposes only. At least it is nice to have one of these in my
collection now, and saved from the scrapyard. I cleaned it up a
little, removing bird droppings from the opticell and many years
worth of dead spiders and cobwebs from inside the metal shoe, where
there was also the original installation instructions on paper
(dated November 1972).
|...MY THORN ALPHA 1|
|MY INDUSTRIA AURORA...|
|I got this lantern from a fellow
enthusiast on EBay is another 70w SON-T. It is an Industria model
made in Holland. A few pics are
below. I am using the Royce Thompson Oasis 1000 photocell again and
have stored the Zodion Super 6 that came with the lantern with
others in my possession. I already have a video of the Urbis ZX1
SON-T warming up so I will not do a video of this one.
|...MY INDUSTRIA AURORA|
|MY AC FORD...|
|I acquired an old AC Ford
lantern from EBay. It was mounted on
the wall bracket for a while. Below are some photos. It
is quite a bulky lantern but built to last. The bowl is discoloured
through age but the light output is still good - and I have always
liked the white/blue glow of mercury.
80w High Pressure Mercury - I took the Royce Thompson Oasis 1000 photocell off the ZX1 and put it on this one as it came without a cell.
|...MY AC FORD|
|MY URBIS ZX1...|
|I acquired an Urbis ZX1 (old
style) from a fellow lighting enthusiast, Wayne. It
is quite a large lantern.
70w SON-T with a Royce Thompson Oasis 1000 photocell.
|...MY URBIS ZX1|
|MY THORN BETA 2...|
|A few pics of the lantern sitting on
the box it came in after I wired it up - turned off and in various
stages of warm up. I have never mounted it on the wall bracket since
I got it, so on 21/10/2011 I decided to do that in place of the
Industria Aurora for a while.
55w SOX and using a Zodion SS2 (or 5 - see top of page) photocell. New photo taken below which doesn't show the cardboard shield on the photocell to stop erratic switching from light radiation.
VIDEO: My Beta 2 warming up over 8 minutes - video sped up into a 125 second WMV file (5.3Mb) - best to right click and "save as" as may not play in some browsers!
|...MY THORN BETA 2|
|MY THORN BETA 5...|
|The first three pics show the lantern sitting temporarily on a shelf after I wired it up - in
various stages of warm up. Being in a temporary place I have had to put a small
cardboard shield on the photocell to stop light radiation switching the lamp off
and on all the time. The next 3 pics show the lantern off and on, mounted on the
wall - again with a cardboard shield on the photocell to stop
erratic switching - after all, you don't get white ceilings above
lamps in the street normally :o)
35w SOX with a Zodion SS5 photocell.
VIDEO: My Beta 5 warming up over 10 minutes - video sped up into a 58 second WMV file (1.1Mb) - best to right click and "save as" as may not play in some browsers!
|...MY THORN BETA 5|
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