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09|04|22
Brief notes and summaries have been added for Public Lighting No. 40 Vol. 11 January-March 1946. The third conference issue since the war, it includes the last papers from the 1945 Conference in Glasgow, and hints at the contents of the new British Standard for street lighting.


I've continued the work on GEC Street Lighting catalogue from 1937. New pages concern the firm's range of medium and high pressure mercury lanterns - and include many 'new' luminaires for this site, filling in many of the gaps.


One of the first lanterns in the collection, this GEC Z9532M had a sticker inside calling it the Nightwatch 35.






25|02|22
Brief notes and summaries have been added for Public Lighting No. 39 Vol. 10 October-December 1945. The second conference issue since the war, it reports on the 1945 Conference in Glasgow, and more manufacturers are advertising their new, post-war ranges.


Peter Rivet contacted me recently with a round-up of the remaining gas installations in the UK. I've included his list at the top of the installations page.


I've continued the work on GEC Street Lighting catalogue from 1937. New pages concern the newly introduced MB (80-125W) lamps which required new gear, control boxes and diffusing globes.


Yet another Thorn Alpha 9? This one's a bit of a mystery; it has gear, it has a deep bowl, but there are problems with it.






12|01|22
The next catalogue to be tidied up is the GEC Street Lighting Equipment from the GEC dating from May 1933. The ideas here are to make sure that the website pages look more like the orginal catalogues and to ensure that all crossreferenced information (such as lantern information) is also updated.


Brief notes and summaries have been added for Public Lighting No. 38 Vol. 10 July-September 1945. The first conference issue since the war, it reports on the 1945 Conference in Glasgow, and more manufacturers are advertising their new, post-war ranges.


I've started work on GEC Street Lighting catalogue from 1937. This is a massive catalogue and will be uploaded in sections. So far I've covered various introduction pages, installations, and lots of technical information about the MA (150W-400W) and newly introduced MB (80-125W) lamps.


Another Thorn Alpha 9? This one's a bit of a mystery. It has gear, but it doesn't have a deep bowl. Was it ever part of their range or something created from spare parts when installed?






26|10|21
Alistair Bell has added another picture of the 1950s/1960s fluorescent installations in Blackpool. This time, it's from the floods of 1977.


The next catalogue to be tidied up is the Industrial And Street Lighting Fittings And Accessories from the GEC dating from September 1930. The ideas here are to make sure that the website pages look more like the orginal catalogues and to ensure that all crossreferenced information (such as lantern information) is also updated.


Brief notes and summaries have been added for Public Lighting No. 36 Vol. 10 January-March 1945 and Public Lighting No. 37 Vol. 10 April-June 1945. Issue #37 celebrated the end of the ARP restrictions and more firms are actively starting to reappear as they switch back to producing street lgihting equipment.


A
1935 catalogue from the GEC has been scanned and unloaded. It differs remarkably from similar catalogues from several years earlier. The introduction of the first discharge lamp, the medium-pressure OSIRA (MA), has seen a revolution in street lighting, with the catalogue filled with (mostly) new designs.

One of the older, and rarer, lanterns in the collection is this REVO Silvergold C13192/S.







09|08|21
Brief notes and summaries have been added for Public Lighting No. 35 Vol. 9 October-December 1944. This was the big "Dim Out" issue, as lighting restrictions are relaxed and illumination levels are increased. The adverts are starting to change as well (links at the bottom) with firms starting to think about post-war production.


The
BLEECO Hove Lantern / BLEECO Sunstar Lantern 686 and BLEECO Worthing Bracket in my collection has been restored and documented.


The recent removal of the M1 catenary scheme sparked interest in this type of lighting. Here are the details of a similar, earlier scheme which used to light parts of the A4 in Hounslow.






01|07|21
Something more "industrial" from the collection this time... an Atlas Alpha 9.


The two next issues of Public Lighting have been summarised and catalogued. The darkness of the war years is now lifting and the journal is looking towards the future. In particular, Issue 34 listed and described the following pre-war luminaires: Maxill "G", Maxilla Upright, Maxilla Suspension, Brimax Maxilla, Rivercourt, Eclipse, London Minor, London Medium, London Major, Newlands, Granby, Siden, Kempar, Majestic, Heathfield, Circra, Mercra "H", Ranger, Diron, Dilen, County Cadet and County Junior.

As usual, scroll down to the bottom of each summary (Issue 33 and Issue 34) for links to all the adverts.

And to wrap things up: other... a Thorn EMI Alpha 9.







02|05|21
The ESLA Bi-Multi Group "A" Two-Way 165° 7½° and Lucy Medium Swan Neck Bracket in my collection has been restored and documented.


Brief notes and summaries have been added for Public Lighting No. 32 Vol. 9 January-March 1944. The majority of the issue is concerned with the post-war future of street lighting but there's a brief article on the retirement of P. J. Robinson - the man who introduced low-pressure sodium lighting and concrete columns to Liverpool.






20|03|21
Brief notes and summaries have been added for Public Lighting No. 31 Vol. 8 October-December 1943. This second conference issue, which details the London Conference held earlier in the year, continues the trend of looking forward to the end of the war.

The number of advertisements continue to rise with many returing to the publication after being absent during the first years of the war.






13|03|21
The ESLA Bi-Multi Group "A" Two-Way 180° STRAIGHT and Lucy Medium Swan Neck Bracket in my collection has been restored and documented.






12|01|21
The adverts from Public Lighting #24 (January-March 1942) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

More information has come to light about an unidentified swan-neck fitting.

The adverts from Public Lighting #25 (April-June 1942) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

The next catalogue to be tidied up is the Industrial And Street Lighting Fittings And Accessories from the GEC.

The adverts from Public Lighting #26 (July-September 1942) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

And what happened to the original lanterns removed from the O'Connell Street installation in Dublin in the early 1970s? They weren't skipped... they were converted into cocktail tables. See the story on Dublin's page (scroll down to the bottom).

The adverts from Public Lighting #27 (October-December 1942) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

For new pictures of the garden lamps: see REVO Moseley and the BLEECO E66.

The adverts from Public Lighting #28 (January-March 1943) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

I've been sent a collection of pictures, taken in 1990, of the old REVO installation still lighting the streets in Bolton.

The adverts from Public Lighting #29 (April-June 1943) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

The ELECO HW745 in my collection has been restored and documented.

The adverts from Public Lighting #30 (July-September 1943) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

The Wardle Liverpool in my collection has been restored and documented.






06|01|20
The adverts from Public Lighting #23 (October-December 1941) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

A catalogue by Concrete Utilities from 1938 has been added. This illustrated many of the firm's most popular tall concrete column designs and bracekts. (This has allowed the firm's early inventory of concrete columns and brackets to be inventoried in more detail). (Many thanks to Mike Ashworth for the original scans.)

The next catalogue to be tidied up is the Industrial And Street Lighting Fittings And Accessories from the GEC.

One of the Philips MA 50s in my collection has been restored and documented.






21|10|19
The adverts from Public Lighting #20 (January 1941) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

A Philips catalogue from the mid-1970s has been added to the site. This includes the incredibly popular MA50, MA60 and M90 range of lanterns.

The Philips MA 90 in my collection has been restored and documented.

And the adverts from Public Lighting #21 (April-June 1941) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

The next catalogue to be tidied up is the Industrial And Street Lighting Fittings And Accessories from the GEC.

And the adverts from Public Lighting #22 (July-September 1941) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).






21|07|19
The adverts from Public Lighting #18 (July 1940) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

The GEC Z9536M in my collection has been restored and documented.

A GEC catalogue from the late 1950s to early 1960s has now been added to the site.

The adverts from Public Lighting #19 (October 1940) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

And I've started to tidy up and reformat the GEC section. First completed is the catalogue from 1914.






29|03|19
The adverts from Public Lighting #15 (October 1939) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

I've updated my links section. If your site has moved then please let me know and I'll put the link back.

The adverts from Public Lighting #16 (January 1940) are also online.

The provenance of the 'strange' GEC Z8256 has now been determined..

The adverts from Public Lighting #17 (April 1940) are also online.

The BTH Amber Mk IV (A10600) in my collection has now been documented.






05|04|18
The adverts from Public Lighting #13 (April 1939) and Public Lighting #14 (July 1939) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

I've added an image and improved the layout of Peter Rivet's gas lighting in Cambridge.

I've tidied up and compiled relevant lantern information for Falks. This includes a catalogue for their popular Beaufort lanterns.

The AEI Amber MK IV in my collection has now been documented.

I've added some information about a security camera installation in Braintree.

Well worth a listen: The Boring Talks #10: Lampposts.






15|08|17
The adverts from Public Lighting #12 (January 1939) are now online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for handy links to all the adverts).

The Final Report from the MOT Departmental Committee, which was published in 1937, has now been added to the Standards section.






10|06|17
The yellow-painted BLEECO column has now been felled. (Scroll to the bottom of the page).

The papers from the APLE Conference 1938 have been read and extensive notes are available.

The adverts from Public Lighting #11 (September 1938) are now online.

The grandson of Keith Blackman has been in touch with memories of the firm and their products. (Again, scroll to the bottom of the page).

I've tidied up and compiled relevant lantern information for Electrical Street Lighting Apparatus.

Lanterns and brackets restored and documented:






16|08|16
The adverts from Public Lighting #10 (June 1938) are now online.

I've tidied up and compiled relevant lantern information for the Elm Works lantern range.

I've started uploading information about Industria and Whitecroft Road And Tunnel Lighting.

Lanterns and brackets restored and documented:

Alistair Bell has now colourised the pictures of Blackpool.






06|02|16
The adverts from Public Lighting #8 (December 1937) are now online.

Adverts have also been scanned from the 1933 Municipal Directory. These include Patent Up And Down Suspension Gear, Hurricane-Proof Copper Street Lanterns, Gas Lamps For Public Lighting, Everything For Street Lighting, Newbridge Public Lighting Controllers and Lanterns, Reflectors, Swan Necks For Electric Street Lighting. Many thanks to Mike Ashworth for the scans.

Thanks to these new adverts, I've been able to identify one of my previously unknown lanterns as an an Elm Works Parade Lantern.

I've tidied up and compiled relevant lantern information for the ELECO lantern range. This includes reformating and adding photometric information to the catalogues.

Some of the remaining ESLA Bi-Multis in Canterbury have recently been photographed.

A feature from Intertraffic World, written by Lee Gale, about the loss of good design in street lighting, has now been added to the website.

My BTH Amber MK III (SL5698) has been restored and documented.

The adverts from Public Lighting #9 (March 1938) are now online.






11|08|15
The adverts from Public Lighting #6 (June 1937) are now online.

I've tidied up and compiled relevant lantern information for the Ediswan lantern range.

The BTH Amber 10600 with replacement bowl in my collection has bow been documented.

The REVO Moseley column in my collection has now been documented.

The papers from the APLE Conference 1937 have been read and extensive notes are available.

The adverts from Public Lighting #7 (September 1937) are now online.






24|01|15
The adverts from Public Lighting #4 (December 1936) are now online.

The Richardson Candle in my collection has bow been documented.

I've tidied up and compiled relevant lantern information for the DAVIS lantern range.

The adverts from Public Lighting #5 (March 1937) are now online.






13|07|14
The adverts from Public Lighting #2 (June 1936) are now online. (These were part of the website before but they've been been rescanned, improved, and in some cases, extra material has been included). Scroll to the bottom of the page.

In addition the adverts from Public Lighting #3 (September 1936) have been added.

The GEC Z8611 in my collection has now been documented.

I've tidied up and compiled relevant lantern information into the Credenda and Crompton lantern ranges.

The final lost catalogues are by Atlas, British Lighting Industries, ELECO, Holophane and REVO.






10|04|14
I've had a collection of lanterns and names from unidentified, or lost, catalogues which I've not been able to put into the lantern ranges. (This is due to the old format of categorising them as tungsten, mercury, sodium etc.) The new system puts all the lanterns by a manufacturer in one place so I don't need to know the lamp type to separate them and I can now start adding this "lost" lanterns. The first to be uploaded are those from AC Ford.

I've started work on a new timeline. The old one was full of trivia and installation information (which I've now moved elsewhere) and, more importantly, I didn't link back to any sources, so it was difficult to determine where the key dates originally came from. So I've started a new timeline which correctly credits its sources. (The old timeline is included at the end.)

I've tidied up and compiled relevant lantern information into the BLEECO and BTH lantern ranges.

The installations section has also changed. Historical installations and references to them are now being compiled.

The adverts from Public Lighting #1 (March 1936) are now online.






12|02|14
All adverts and company information is now online from the 1945 APLE Conference Brochure.






23|12|13
Alistair Bell has updated his collection of photographs of Blackpool from the 1950s to 1980s. There are a couple of new ones, and some of the existing shots have now been converted to colour.

A link to an old GEC catalogue from 1924 has been added.

An enormous and very rare GEC Two-Eighty Z8281 has been added to the collection.

A now-rare Thorn Alpha 5 has been completely restored and documented.

All adverts and company information is now online from the 1939 APLE Conference Brochure.

The lantern information section for Atlas Lighting has been reformatted and improved.






15|06|13
The following lanterns have been fully restored and documented:

Thorn Riga (57W CFL), BLEECO Open Type Conical 673 and its Large Lucy Swan Neck Bracket, BLEECO Worthing (200-300W) and its BLEECO Brighton And Hove Swan Neck Bracket, an Elm Parade, a REVO Hyperion A and a REVO Hyperion 135 A42.401.






12|05|13
As part of my research for the Sheffield 1928 lighting experiment, I've put together a table detailing which lanterns were installed on which road. Unfortunately there isn't enough information to complete the table, but it gives a good idea of what was being exhibited and photometrically measured.

Adverts from 1928 added to the site are: GEC Street Lighting, Mazda Lamps, Nile Whiteway and BTH Lights.

I've started to tidy up and change the format of some of the manufacturer's lantern ranges. So far I've completed A C Ford and AEI - the AEI full range gives a good idea of how all the manufacturers will eventually look.






17|01|13
I've added information from the APLE's Conference Programme from 1938.






01|12|12
The Urbis Opalo 1 lantern in my collection has now been documented.






09|11|12
I've added information from the APLE's Conference Programme from 1937. This has provided invaluable information about many manufacturers and their products.






09|09|12
Some more information has been added about Cambridge's existing installation. This includes why some of the old fluorescent lanterns managed to survive so long in some areas.

Added two additional historical pictures to Peter Rivet's Mackenzie Brothers' history.

I've also added the APLE's Exhibition Catalogue of 1932. Unfortunately it's text only, but it gives additional information about the history and products of The Horstmann Gear Company, Ltd., Benjamin Electric, Ltd., Metropolitan Gas Meters, Ltd., The Electric Street Lighting Apparatus Co., Holophane, Ltd., Credenda Conduits Co., Ltd., Bromford Tube Co., Ltd., Venner Time Switches, Ltd., The Wardle Engineering Co., Ltd., The General Electric Co., Ltd., British, Foreign And Colonial Automatic Light Controlling Co., Ltd., REVO Electric Co., Ltd., Messrs. William Sugg And Co., Ltd., The Gas Meter Co., Ltd., Falk, Stadelmann And Co., Ltd., Siemens Electric Lamps And Supplies, Ltd., Radiovisor Parent, Ltd., W. Parkinson And Co., The Edison Swan Electric Co., Ltd., Engineering And Lighting Equipment Co., Ltd., William Edgar And Son, Ltd., Messrs James Keith And Blackman Co., Ltd., Kandem Electrical, Ltd., Foster And Pullen, Ltd. and C. H. Kempton And Co., Ltd.. Some of these manufacturers are 'new' to the website.

As part of my work for the Lighting Journal, I've also been researching some specific companies. Extra information and a collection of early adverts have been added for The Electric Street Lighting Apparatus Co. and The Brighton Lighting And Electrical Engineering Co., Ltd..

I have started work on scanning the ILP archives. This includes old conference brochures, conference papers and will lead up to the full archiving of the back issues of Public Lighting. This is a huge project and will take me several years, but will be of great use for those interested in the history of public lighting.

The papers and conference brochures currently published on this website were simply to show the ILP what I intended to do and how the finished result will look. These will soon only be available to ILP members through the ILP website; although I will maintain abstracts, descriptions and links here.

However, I have asked that advertisements could be included on this website as they are invaluable to researchers.






15|06|12
Anyone interested in street lighting in the UK should read this document: Departmental Committee On Street Lighting, Interim Report, 1935. This document, and the Final Report, would have a profound influence on street lighting in the UK for the next seventy years.




05|06|12
Ward and Mann give a description of the Corporation of Glasgow, Lighting Department in 1934. It gives a breakdown of the functional areas of the department (which employed 1189) and their day-to-day tasks. Itís also illustrated with photographs of installations and equipment along with reproductions of the department's paperwork.

Conference paper given at the Eleventh Annual Meeting and Conference of the Assoication of Public Lighting Engineers, Aberdeen, September 17 to 20, 1934.






02|06|12
Geoff has written in with memories of the production process at ELECO.

Some extracts from British Standard 307 (1927) have now been uploaded.






19|04|12
The BLEECO Leaflets, which range from the 1940s through to the 1950s, have been reformated and expanded. The later Sunstar range, the Haleeco, Multilite, Vertical Type Fluorescent Lantern and Cast Bronze Octagonal Lantern are all new, whilst the Cast Iron Weather Proof Boxes section has been enlarged.






30|03|12
The next GEC catalogue appears to be a compilation of sheets from other GEC publications but does cover the new Directional Street Lighting Reflectors and the development of symmetrical, axial asymmetric and non-axial asymmetric distributions for the Wembley range.




12|03|12
Another partial catalogue from the GEC has been uploaded. Dating from the 1930s, it includes further modifications to the Wembley system.






20|02|12
It's back to the GEC with a partial catalogue from the mid-1920s. This marks the first appearance of the Wembley lighting system.






08|02|12
As part of the work for my second piece for Lighting Journal (which concerns the introduction of Holophane glass refractors), I've photographed the Holophane 2-4438 refractor bowl used in my BLEECO 695 Enclosed Sunstar.

A Holophane Catalogue from the 1920s has now been uploaded. This gives a great introduction to the scientific principles behind street lighting optics at the time and also describes the various refractor types available. There is also information on how do decode some of the longer lantern catalogue numbers which specify both a lantern and type of refractor.







13|01|12
The GEC Catalogue from 1923 has now been uploaded.






10|01|12
The GEC Catalogue from the 1920s has now been completed.