Local CU Phosco P862s

The winner of the Lux Award for Exterior Lantern of the Year for 2016, the P862 lantern first made an appearance in Derbyshire around the middle of the same year, and complemented other CU Phosco LED offerings that had already been installed around the County in considerable numbers in earlier years.

The first P862 examples that I spotted were attached to 8 m columns on the main road passing through a new housing development off Rykneld Road in Littleover (although, technically, it falls within Burnaston parish).


This close-up view of the lantern reveals that only the front part of the lantern's optic area is equipped with LEDs; the rear section is blanked off.


Four rows of eight LEDs (a total of 32) can be seen within the lantern. As well as the positive and negative DC supply wires, two white wires also connect into the circuit board; these (perhaps) allow a dimming module to operate. Notice that there is a gap between the 'control' and 'optical' parts of the lantern; bridged only by a narrow central section that accommodates the panel wiring. A helpful label attached to the lantern's spigot entry informs us that the lantern's overall power consumption is 46 W, with 'R2' referring to the beam configuration for this particular lantern.


A Royce Thompson Oasis 2000 photocell is fitted. An interesting point to note that the photocell's transparent plastic enclosure is a raised conical shape - the original units of this type produced in the mid-late 1990s featured enclosures of the same shape before becoming less pointed in the 2000s. Perhaps, Royce Thompson has standardised on this enclosure shape for all of their photocells now.


P862s fitted to 10 m columns were installed on the westbound A516 entry/exit slip road at Mickleover in March 2017 - the slip road having undergone slight realignment as a result of a roundabout being constructed on the A516 itself, in order to provide access to a new housing development on the opposite side of the road. It was from this slip road that two Thorn Pilote T2 150 W SON-T lanterns were saved into my collection, following the removal of their columns in January of the same year. At the time of photographing, the new lighting was connected to a temporary supply obtained from the existing street lighting's supply; hence, the presence of a ducted cable to the bottom-left of the picture.


This time, both portions of the optical unit are in use; owing to the brighter light levels needing to be obtained for this busier road. Once again, Oasis 2000 cells are fitted. These appear to be rated at 35 Lux.


The doubling of the boards means that this lantern runs 64 LEDs; presumably, this means that the total wattage will be around 92 W - there is no helpful label attached to this lantern's spigot entry, and the label on the underside of the lantern is too small to read from ground level, even when viewed at my camera's maximum zoom.


This view demonstrates the means by which the lantern attaches to its column or bracket, along with the adjustable tilt mechanism.






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