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Metrovick

Metrovick
Metropolitan-Vickers
Number One
Kingsway
London WC2
England


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The firm are exhibiting their Liverpool type fittings which use the new "Metrovick" horizontal Mercury lamps which don't require magnetic control of the arc. The installation uses 400W units spaced at 90' and 135' apart in staggered formation, mounted on 10' brackets at 25' from the ground. It is noticeable as it's almost entirely free from glare whilst giving good uniform kerb-to-kerb illumination of the road surface. They also note that a lantern of refractor type (the Kingsway) should be available for demonstration. - APLE Conference Programme 1937


Their 1938 exhibition featured lanterns in curtained cabinets to avoid glare! Representative lanterns featured include the Kingsway and Liverpool lantern - the latter being extensively used in Lancashire. They have also developed a new single-piece refractor plate mercury lantern and a refractor plate sodium lantern for the first time. Scale models of two concrete and two steel street lighting poles were also shown. - Public Lighting #10, 1938 and APLE Conference Programme 1938


Two adverts were inserted in the 1939 programme: one for the new Trafford lantern and one for the MetroVick Ripplay system. - APLE Conference Programme 1939


Only the Trafford, Popular and Ealing lanterns were displayed at the conference, but the programme included lengthy descriptions of the Trafford, Gower, Urmston, Poplar, Ealing and Aldwych lanterns. - APLE Conference Programme 1945


References:
The Illuminating Engineer 1928
APLE Conference Programme Folkestone 1937
APLE Conference Programme Bournemouth 1938
APLE Conference Programme Glasgow 1939
APLE Conference Programme Glasgow 1945


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