I don't especially collect lamps (bulbs), but inevitably I have built up a small collection of lamps associated with streetlighting and these are intended for eventual display with the lanterns in the collection.
When acquiring lanterns, itís always nice to be able to get the lantern complete with its lamp. However, for Heath and Safety reasons, local authorities and lighting contractors will often remove discharge lamps from the lanterns as part of the disposal and recycling process. This is generally done because discharge lamps contain poisonous, corrosive, and sometimes explosive, gases. Therefore, I often have to acquire lamps from other sources such as ebay, electrical wholesalers, and other streetlighting collectors.
The lamps illustrated are typical of many of the types of lamps used in both old and modern streetlighting; plus a few oddments that fall outside of this scope. I have placed small everyday items such as pens, keys, and mobile phones by some of the lamps to give an idea of scale.
If you want to know how discharge lamps work, or seek technical information on discharge lamps, then there is no better website to visit than James Hooker's, Museum of Historic Discharge Lamps, which can be found here.
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