of the types of control gear held
in the collection:
are just some of the many examples of various types of control gear
held in the collection.
SL3 streetlighting 5w single-pole fuse box.
'tapped' ballast designed for use with 45w, 60w, or
85w SO Sodium Vapour Lamps. It is pictured inside a
BTH 'Amber' lantern dating from the late 1950's. BTH
and Metropolitan Vickers were part of the larger AEI
Group, both companies supplying ballasts of this shape
and design. See
LPF ballast for 135w low-pressure SOX lamps. This is
likely to be a 'Parmar'
but has been labelled as a 'Chalmit' product. The 'B95'
would suggest that it dates from February 1995. This
ballast came off the A46 in Nottinghamshire in 2007,
following a SON for SOX lighting conversion scheme,
where it would have powered a GEC
Thyractor 240v/50Hz low-loss ballast for 35w
SOX sodium. lamps
ESLA wall-mounted 'conduit'
fuses boxes with
single-pole porcelain fuse carrier for cartridge type fuses.
Z1641 240v/50Hz tapped-choke for use with 80w MB lamps.
Saved by contractors from a redundant column in
Wolverhampton in 2005.
The GEC Z8175 was designed for
use with 400w MA lamps and is an absolute monster of a choke. Below the
choke is the porcelain fuse holder and below that the oil filled capacitor.
This unit along with the GEC Z8228 'Clearmain' lantern
it powered, was rescued from a demolition site in Burton-upon-Trent
in May 2007.
up of the Z8175s label idicating the different taps
allowing for variations in average mains voltage.
fuse holder from ESLA control box Circa
Metro-Vick MRG502 215-255-volt
/ 50Hz choke for 400w MA mercury lamps. This once operated
a GEC 'Clearmain' lantern at a colliery in Cannock,
Staffordshire during the 1950's and 1960's. After years
of disuse, it was rescued out of a GEC concrete
column in August 2006. Metropolitan
Vickers and BTH were part of the larger AEI Group, both
companies supplying ballasts of this shape and design.
240v 50Hz HPMV Ballast for 125w MBF lamps
1A-242 240v/50Hz 'Starterless' ballast for 2 X 2ft 40w
GC2345 240v 50/60Hz 16uF capacitor,
suitable for use with 35w/55w
240v/50Hz L5080BX ballast for 80w MBF/U and MB/U lamps
240v/50Hz L4045 ballast for 60w SOI, 60w SO/H lamps.
This example came from a decommisoned installation in
Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
SX74 ignitor for 135w SOX lamps
/ Relite / Simplex
(Philips under licence) T03039 Leak-Transformer
sodium Lamps with Revo A94-042 PF Capacitor.
MA80S ballast for 80w MBF lamps. This is likely to be
a Parmar, or Philips product labelled for Simplex
Tridonic ZRM6-ES/B 220/240v 50/60Hz Ignitor for HS/SON
100-400w and HI/MBI 35-400W lamps.
240v 50/60Hz 70w SON ignitor
/ Thorn EMI
240v 50Hz Ballast for 125w MBF Lamps.
G53182/4 240v/50Hz ballast for 35w and 55w SOX lamps;
used in the 'geared' Thorn Beta-8 lantern.
G???? 240v/50Hz Self-start ballast for 90w SOX lamps
operating a Osram 90w SOX lamp.