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Abandoned Incandescent Lanterns In Glasgow 2017

A ghost of Glasgow past - once common lanterns now almost extinct.

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Album name:Incandescent Lanterns
Manufacturer:Unknown - possibly Credenda (became Creda), GEC, early Thorn, BTH ? ? ?
Model:See above
Power Consumption:Mounting heights varied, so various lamp ratings. 150 up to 500W reasonable assumption?
Working Voltage:240V likely, though may predate harmonisation.
Cap Type:Looked to be E40
Light Colour Temp:2700K or ~4200K for SBMV
Burn Position :Vertical cap up
Lifespan:1,000 hour for normal G.L.S.
Comments:These lamp posts and brackets (mostly with SOX lanterns) are still widely in use through Glasgow. Saw the same lamp posts/brackets with these lanterns in a family photo, then with help found existing examples in Tradeston, near the M74 motorway. 2017.
Country Of Origin:UK likely
Filesize:1009 KiB
Date added:May 17, 2017
Dimensions:1600 x 1063 pixels
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Paul   [May 17, 2017 at 11:07 AM]
Wow! Lovely glimpse into the past.
Funeral_86   [May 17, 2017 at 11:54 AM]
its like a time warp!
Tom   [May 17, 2017 at 02:47 PM]
Wow, just wow! Wonder how old that broken lamp was?? Looks like it's been out of action for many decades, along with the cobbled 'ghost' road below. Bet that lamp was inserted long before any of us were born! It was quite nice seeing these columns around Glasgow with the SOX lanterns as mentioned during our 2015 holiday!
Callum   [May 17, 2017 at 10:26 PM]
I conducted extensive research to try and find out what these lanterns were and didn't come up with anything concrete. One suggestion, assuming that they aren't a product of the G.E.C. or B.T.H. companies, is that they may have been made by Credenda, which later became Creda - a household name I'm sure we all know.

What I do know is the austere, wartime-style design cues date them possibly as far back as the early '30s, but I also know that Glasgow had some gas lighting right up util 1971, which is when the last gas lamp was snuffed out (source: old newspapers on Google's equivalent of the microfiche). The thing that really struck me is apart from the lanterns, the street lighting scene in many Glasgow streets is almost identical to how it was 50+ years ago, and I suspect a lot of it dates right back to electrification. The overhead wires and poles in places are very old and were cited as being, at the time, an advantage for easy repairs.
Tom   [Mar 29, 2020 at 05:29 PM]
Nice to see this pop up on the randoms! For some reason the theme tune from Rab C. Nesbitt runs through my head looking at this!

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