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PHOTOCELLS...
I have just 5 photocells in my collection at the moment and here they are 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.


...PHOTOCELLS

MY THORN ALPHA 1...
My latest lantern is a 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 Aurora (265022) 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.

  

  
VIDEO: My AC Ford being switched on and brightening up - WMV file  (4.5Mb) - best to right click and "save as" as may not play in some browsers!

...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.

  

  


VIDEO: My Urbis ZX1 being switched on and brightening up - WMV file  (2Mb) - best to right click and "save as" as may not play in some browsers!
VIDEO: My Urbis ZX1 being switched off and cooling down - WMV file  551Kb) - best to right click and "save as" as may not play in some browsers!

...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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