Philips MA 5C

Lantern acquired in March 2007.

This lantern was installed second-hand by Jeremy in 1988 in order to replace a 'Shovel' floodlight running a 750 W tungsten lamp. It was used to light a small lorry-park off the A38 in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire but was removed when CCTV cameras and 250 W SON floodlights were installed. Unfortunately, the cutoff bowl of this lantern has suffered at the hands of vandals - in fact, at least four lamps were fitted between mid-late 2006 due to airgun pellets breaking the previous lamps. The replacement floodlighting does not sound like it has fared much better so at least we can tell that the vandals were not specifically targeting this lantern!

The method of making this lantern cutoff simply involved redesigning the semi-cutoff bowl. The usual refractor panels have been replaced with solid reflectors and the vast majority of the bowl is finished in a diffused appearance. The bowl also tapers outwards rather than inwards with the semi-cutoff bowl.

The canopy remains the same as the semi-cutoff version. The wider bowl can be seen protruding from the nearest side. A P42 was originally fitted but the SS55 appeared in more recent times.

The unusually-shaped bowl can clearly be seen from this angle.

The bottom of the bowl is completely clear to allow a maximum amount of light to go directly downwards.

The bowl is held in place with an aluminium ring - making it quite heavy. The interior of the lantern is clean and the paint finish is in good condition.

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