26A. Springfield Road, Leek, Staffordshire Attached to an abandoned (at the time of writing) building is an ELECO GR 102 90 Watt SOX (formerly, 100 Watt, prior to lamp re-rating) lantern. This is the gear-in-head version of the GR 100 lantern, with the basic frame of the larger GR 150 lantern employed to accommodate both the lamp and the control gear - a trait employed by Philips for their MA range of SOX lanterns, and by Thorn with the 90 Watt Alpha 4 too.
The building's frontage has quite a 1960s' style to it, suggesting that the lantern is original to when this was built.
The lantern's Perspex bowl has become translucent with age and exposure to UV light over the years; however, the ballast is just about visible towards the rear of the lantern. Despite utilising the GR 150's canopy, a dedicated bowl is used for the GR 102, with a refractor prism only occupying the front portion, where the lamp would be situated.
Accumulated dirt on the underside of the bowl prevents the gear from being seen at this angle.
Nearby, a derelict 25 ft (8 m) Stanton 8F concrete column looks all the more dejected as the lantern is missing completely.
The concrete is spalling badly at the joint between the column and the bracket.
Aside from a steel connector box, the base is devoid of any components, although the witness mark of a ballast is visible at the top of the backboard, and a capacitor clip is situated below - thus, a standard GR 100 may have existed here, assuming that both lanterns were supplied by ELECO, of course.
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