Philips ME 70

Lantern acquired in October 2005.

This lantern came from the Cambridge St area - the only area where these lanterns are widely used in the City. The reason behind the lantern's removal is currently unknown as the lantern is free from damage, and the control gear all looks fine. It was nine years old when removed however, and the fibreglass canopy proves this - maybe this was why it was changed. The lantern is today known as the SGS 201, which is why the old name may be confusing.

The GRP canopy is shedding its fibres quite badly, and dirt is accumulating on them.


The bowl requires a screwdriver to be inserted into its securing clip, in order to replace the lamp.


The aluminium spigot is heavily corroded; however, the grub screws can still be turned with little effort.


The gear is all tucked into the back of the lantern, but there is still space around it to allow components to be changed with relative ease, should the need arise.


The lantern was cleaned up on Friday, 28th October 2005, though I decided on this occasion not to repaint the canopy. Once the pieces had been allowed to dry, the lantern was reassembled, wired up, and fitted to an AC Ford AC 872 bracket. A new lamp was installed and then the lantern was powered up.


Unfortunately, owing to a shortage of brackets, the lantern was removed again shortly after the above picture was taken. It then lay out of use until May 2018, when it was fitted to another wall bracket.


In operation:


Lamp switch-on video:

Testing with my energy monitoring device revealed the following results.

Test Voltage (V) Current being drawn at full power (A) Measured wattage (W) Apparent Power (VA) Frequency (Hz) Power Factor True Power (W) Difference to rated wattage Percentage Difference
235 0.35 70 82 49.9 0.84 69.09 -0.91 -1%

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