Philips Lighting   

Philips are a long established Dutch based multi-national company producing 100's of types of electrical products for the domestic and commercial markets, including streetlighting lanterns and equipment.



Philips MA5C (also Eleco GR151) cut-off lantern



Philips MA5C cut-off lantern for 135w SOX lamps is seen in Dudley, West Midlands in August 2005.


Philips MA6C (also Eleco GR201) 180w SOX Cut-off lantern

Philips MA6C 180w cut off lantern for 180w SOX lamps is pictured at Weston-under-Lizard in Shropshire. Update: This lantern was removed in late Septmeber 2006, being replaced by a remote-geared 180-watt Philips MA60. The lantern was subsequently donated to the collection through the kind offices of Shropshire CC and was collected from the contractors depot on 4th October 2006.

Philips MA30 lantern



This Philips MA30 lantern for large elliptical mercury or HPS lamps is one of several still in use at the Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire.

Philips MA50 Lantern (remote geared)

A Philips remote-geared MA50 MKI 135w SOX lantern with original type of none-geared shoe, Tipton, West Midlands

Philips MA60 lantern

Remote-geared Philips MA60-00 180w SOX lanterns on twin-arm brackets in use on the A38 in Derbyshire in early 2004. This is now the last SOX lit section of the A38 between Fradley in Staffordshire and Burnaston in Derbyshire; the rest of this installation was converted to high pressure sodium lighting in 2005-6.


One of the many hundreds of MA60's removed and scrapped during the 'SON for SOX' conversion on the A38 between Fradley, Staffordshire and Burnaston in Derbyshire. This MA60-GO 'geared' example lying in the central reservation of the A38 at Branston in December 2005, illustrates where the 'shoe' containing the control gear was once fitted.


Philips MA60's are still in abundance on the M1 Motorway at Kegworth, which runs close to East Midlands Airport. Photo, April 2009


Philips MA90 lantern

1970's remote-geared Philips MA90-00 MKI lantern for 90w SOX lamps. This very clean example is seen in Calverton, Nottinghamshire in May 2006.


A Philips remote-geared MA90-00 90w SOX lantern photographed in Farnham, Surrey in July 2005. This is the MKII lantern with the later type of spigot mounting bracket; the MKII lantern was introduced by Philips in 1982.


A rather weather-beaten MA90-00 MKII lantern mounted onto a Stanton and Staveley column in Anston, South Yorkshire in November 2006.


Pictured in Chilwell, Nottinghamshire in 2005 is a MA90-GO integral-geared lantern for 90w SOX lamps. The Philips MA series of lanterns is now redesignated as the Philips SRS201series.


Philips SRS201 lantern

A reasonably new and very clean SRS201-90 integral-geared 90w SOX lantern at Borrowash in July 2005.


An integral geared SGS201 for 135w SOX lamps at Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire in May 2007. This lantern utilises the canopy and bowl from the 180w SGS201(formerly MA60), so as to accommodate the control gear within the lamp.


Integral geared SGS201s for 135w SOX lamps light the A515 at its intersection with the A50 in Staffordhsire.


A good example of a SOX lighting scheme, giving uniform light distribution on to the road surface below.


A close up of one of the integral-geared SRS201's at the Junction of the A50 and A515 to Ashbourne in Derbyshire.


Philips MI36 lantern

Philips MI36 lantern for 55w SOX lamps; this example was pictured in the Mapperley District of Nottingham in July 2005.


Philips MI57 HPS lantern

 Mounted on a hockey-stick column in Carlton Hill, Nottingham is a Philips MI57 lantern for 70w SON lamps. This lantern uses the same canopy and bowl as the Philips MI50 lantern for 35w SOX lamps.


A Philips MI57 at night in Toton, Nottinghamshire in 2005.


Philips SGS101 'Streetfighter' lantern

These GRP canopied Philips lanterns are intended to be vandal resistant lanterns, and to a degree they are quite hardy fittings. As such, they are often to be found deployed in places where damage is likely to occur through vandalism; for example, in alleyways, on footpaths, and on inner city streets. This weathered example uses a 70w SON lamp and is situated in a recreational park in Toton, Nottingham, where it appears to have thus far survived intact.


Philips SGS101 for 70w SON lamps on a pole mounted bracket with control box in Tankersley, South Yorkshire. The lantern's control gear is mounted inside the lantern itself, so the control box mounted on to the telegraph pole will only contain the electrical cut-out device.


Philips SGS102 lantern

The Philips SGS102 lantern is just a bigger version of the SGS101 'Streetfighter' lantern, but is for use with 150w/250w HPS lamps. This example is pictured on a sunny day in Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, in July 2005.


Philips SGS201 lantern

Dependant on the lamp wattage, this large high pressure sodium fitting is either a Philips SGS201-150w or SGS201-250w  lantern. It stands with others of the type at the gates to Thoresby Colliery in North Nottinghamshire. The first 'S' in SGS201 means that the lantern is to be used with high pressure sodium lamps, or in the case of mercury lamps it would be a HGS201; the 'H' denoting use with mercury lamps. My thanks to Andrew Stanley and Tim Luckett for this information.


The smallest members of the SGS201 family were formerly known as the Philips MI-70 in the UK. This SGS201 standing on the A458 at Trewern in Mid Wales, is thought to be fitted with a 100w SON lamp.


Philips SGS203 lantern

The Philips SGS203 is a sturdy lantern that sports a cast aluminium chassis and GRP canopy; the control gear being attached to the chassis inside of the lantern. The SGS203 is a very common lantern and can be found all over the UK and Europe. This Nottingham City Council owned example in the Mapperley District of the City uses a 70w SON lamp, but the lantern is available for use with larger wattage HPS lamps up to 250w. The lantern can be either column top mounted, as in the picture, or bracket mounted for use on out-reaches.


This flat lens Philips SGS203 is seen in use one evening on a motorway services car park on the M42 in Worcestershire. The lantern is burning a 150w SON-T lamp.


Philips SGS204 lantern

An SGS204 flat-lens lantern for use with 250/400w SON lamps is seen in Basford, Nottingham in June 2006. Similar to the SGS203, the SGS204 is actually a much larger and heavier lantern, but uses a cast aluminium chassis and GRP canopy similar to the SGS203. Apart from being physically bigger than the SGS203, the SGS204 is easily recognisable by the 'step' seen on the underside of the chassis.


Philips SGS253 'Iridium 'lantern

Deep-bowled Philips SGS253 Iridium (150w SON lamped) lantern at Hucknall, Nottinghamshire.


Shallow-bowled Philips SGS253 Iridium (150w SON lamped) lantern at Hucknall, Nottinghamshire.


Philips SGS305 and SGS306 'Trafficvision' lanterns

SGS306 'Trafficvision' flat-lens lanterns are pictured on a twin armed bracket at Toddington services on the M1 Motorway on a hot Summer's day in July 2005.  Another very common lantern to be found in the UK is the Philips SGS305 and SGS306 'Trafficvision' range of lanterns for use with HPS and CDM-TT Metal Halide lamps. The SGS305 is the smaller of the two lanterns and is designed for use with smaller wattage HPS lamps. The SGS306 is a larger version of the lantern and is normally used with 250 or 400w lamps. The lantern is available with flat cut off bowls, as above, or 'blown' plastic bowls. Although the lantern is similar in shape to the WRTL 'Vectra' lantern, it is easily recognised by the aluminium 'quadrant' shaped fixing bracket protruding beneath it for column top mounting, or for fixing onto out-reaches.


Philips SGS306 'Trafficvision' lantern with 'blown' plastic bowl on the A52 near to Ruddington, Nottinghamshire in June 2006.


Philips FGS105 for 55w CFL lamps

The FGS105 looks like a stretched MI36 lantern; this one is pictured day-burning in Chester in April 2006.


Philips FGS224 'Residium' lantern for 36w CFL lamps

A Philips FGS224 'Residium' lantern for 36w PL-L lamps, basking in the early morning sunshine at Watnall, Nottinghamshire in June 2006. The Residium lantern uses an electronic ballast to power the lamp, which gives the lamp a smoother start-up, and eliminates the need for a 'starter' and 'capacitor' in the circuit.


Philips FGS225 'Residium' lantern for 55w/80w CFL lamps

This Philips FGS225 'Residium' lantern pictured in Barnsley, South Yorkshire uses a Philips 80w PL-L compact fluorescent lamp; the type is on trial as a possible replacement for older 90w SOX lighting in the town.


Philips MO62 catenary lantern

This Philips MO-62 catenary lantern for 2 x 180w SOX lamps was photographed on the M25 near Heathrow Airport in July 2005. These lanterns were first used to light sections of the M62 Motorway, and can easily be confused with the similar looking Phosco P415 catenary lantern for 2 x 180w SOX lamps. My thanks to Colin Grimes , Simon Cornwall, Nigel Spink, and Alex Monk for their efforts in identifying this lantern.


Philips HPC137 / SPC137

Photogarphed in December 2006 is this damaged and rather weathered Philips HPC137, or SPC137 post-top lantern. The HPC137 is for mercury lamps and the SPC137 is for SON lamps, but having never seen the lantern lit, I really can't say which model it actually is. The lantern, which dates from the 1970's -1980's is located with other similar fittings at Blyth Services on the A1 in Nottinghamshire. My thanks to fellow collector Sander Sloots for identyfying this lantern.


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