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.
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.
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.
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
All adverts and company information is now online from the
1939 APLE Conference Brochure.
The lantern information section for Atlas Lighting has been reformatted
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.
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,
Nile Whiteway and
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.
I've added information from the APLE's Conference Programme
The Urbis Opalo 1 lantern in my collection has now been documented.
I've added information from the APLE's Conference Programme
from 1937. This has provided invaluable information about many manufacturers and their products.
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.,
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.
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
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.
Geoff has written in with memories of the production process at ELECO.
Some extracts from British Standard 307 (1927) have now been uploaded.
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.
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.
Another partial catalogue from the GEC has been uploaded. Dating from the 1930s, it includes
further modifications to the Wembley system.
It's back to the GEC with a partial catalogue from the mid-1920s. This marks the first appearance of the Wembley
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.
The GEC Catalogue from 1923 has now been uploaded.
The GEC Catalogue from the 1920s has now been completed.