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AEI Mazda Netaline

A stylish 1960s fluorescent fitting aimed at the domestic market.

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Album name:Paul / Surface Fluorescent Luminaires
Comments:The ballast consists of a resistor running the length of the fitting, the weight of the fitting is greatly reduced but efficacy is quite poor compared to magnetic chokes. It's currently installed in my bedroom in place of on old ceiling rose.
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Date added:May 01, 2011
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Paul   [May 04, 2011 at 10:26 PM]
I used to have one of these, with a yellow coverplate... it 'disappeared'... Confused I have a copy of video for the Netaline advert - must post it up here!
SuperSix   [May 04, 2011 at 10:26 PM]
Is that the advert where the woman balances it on her finger and says about it fitting onto the existing ceiling point and something about 7 hours for a penny?
Tom   [May 04, 2011 at 10:27 PM]
This brings back some fond memories! My Nan used to have a green one in her kitchen many moons ago. However it was hopelessly slow at starting owing to the resistive ballast. Obviously no amount of tube or starter changes made any differnce so it was finally replaced with a switchstart Tamlite fiting in 1994 which I believe has been 100% trouble free to this day!
Paul   [May 04, 2011 at 10:27 PM]
Yes, that's the one!
SuperSix   [May 04, 2011 at 10:27 PM]
I've got a 2' Light Ideas plug in, not the nicest looking of things but an interesting design. Was your 3' one a T8 version?
Tom   [May 04, 2011 at 10:28 PM]
I spotted what I believe is later version of this recently. It was flush mounted,(not sure whether the drop arm had been removed or not) and the end housing was a pale pink colour, more squared, perhaps with a switchstart ballast inside?
SuperSix   [May 04, 2011 at 10:28 PM]
Very interesting, as far as I know the Netaline stayed like this until it was discontinued. Thorn carried on the production into the 70s, I'm not sure what colours they made them in. The original AEI colours were Yellow, Lilac and Blue, Red must have been a later colour.

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