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Automatic Light Controlling Company, Ltd.

British, Foreign And Colonial Automatic Light Controlling Company, Ltd.
100 Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth
England


Firm founded in 1905.

"A member of the Bournemouth Council, the late Councillor John Gunning, as the inventor of the first clock driven street lamp gas lighting controller; this has resulted in a small flourishing industry in the town, manufacturing gas controllers and electric time switches." - 1938 Paper


In 1932, are boasting "a worldwide reputation for simplicity of construction, accuracy, reliability and efficiency of action." - APLE Exhibition Catalogue 1932


They exhibited a full range of their well-known Gunfire Gas Controllers suitable for all types of lanterns for street lighting and their Electric Gunfire time switches at the 1936 APLE Conference in Cheltenham. - Public Lighting #3, 1936


In 1937 they are exhibiting in Folkestone which was one of the earliest Boroughs to adopt Automatic Street Lighting Control. - APLE Conference Programme 1937


The display of 1938 includes many of the Gunfire products. In the Gas Section, a comprehensive range of Gas Controllers are shown including 15, 21 or 40-day gradual and quick action types including a compact new model. On the Electric side various models are exhibited, either hand-wound 15 to 40-day run or self-starting synchronous motor driven types. This includes a new SS synchronous model, complete with astronomical dial. - APLE Conference Programme 1938


The "Pilot" Electric Igniter was added to the gas section in 1939 and the "GF" time switch was being promoted as a new electrical time switch solution. - APLE Conference Programme 1939


During the "Black-out", the company waived all hire contracts for their equipment. They sent the following letter to their customers: "We have decided under the circumstances to make NO CHARGE for the hire of Controllers and Time Switches out of use owing to hostilities after September 1939, until such time as the restrictions are agains relaxed, but it must be understood that this "Black-out" period be added to the original contract period.." - Public Lighting #17, 1940


A selection of Time Switches and Gas Controllers are being exhibited including the G.F. which was introduced just before the war and proved popular. Special mention is also given to the Gas Controller which has been used for nearly fifty years. All types (upright or suspension) can be supplied in gradual or quick action with quickly detachable clocks. - APLE Conference Programme 1945


Are shouding off a wide range of Time Switches and Gas Controllers. Many models on show are used in great numbers by some of the leading Public Lighting authorities. The G.F. model is of particular interest and shows a robust 10 amp A.C. Switch with silver contact, suitable for a wide range of Public Lighting schemes. - APLE Conference Programme 1946


References:
APLE Exhibition Catalogue Blackpool 1932
APLE Conference Programme Folkestone 1937
APLE Conference Programme Bournemouth 1938
APLE Conference Programme Glasgow 1939
APLE Conference Programme Glasgow 1945
APLE Conference Programme London 1946


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