Philips 'Streetfighter' SGS 102

Lantern acquired in August 2005.

Another Philips lantern with a strange name, the Streetfighter is nothing to do with the popular computer game with the same appellation! The original location for this lantern is currently unknown, and I cannot make a guess as to where it might have come from as 102s are rare in Derbyshire (the smaller '101' size is far more common, however). The lantern was probably removed due to a fault with the capacitor, which caused it to explode and may have blown the fuse in the cut-out as well.

The canopy is free of exposed fibres, though had it had a few more years of use outdoors, this would probably be a different story.


This is how the lantern would look if it was mounted post-top; however, as it is the side-entry version, the angle wouldn't be as steep in reality.


The lamp compartment is sealed to IP65, and so it is very clean. The lamp itself has had some use - this is shown by the discoloured band on the glass immediately surrounding the arc tube. The two side reflector panels have tabs on them, which suggests the possibility that a front panel may have been fitted at some point, into which these slotted.


The control gear is tightly packed together beneath a removable section of the canopy. Notice the failed capacitor below the ballast. It is dated to 2000, and failed in mid-2005, so it didn't really have a long life.


This close-up shows the devastation caused by the explosion - the capacitor's innards have spewed onto the back part of the canopy. Hopefully, this will just wipe off when I begin to clean up the lantern!


The slight traces of dirt were cleaned off the lantern on Monday, 29th August 2005, and a new capacitor and lamp were fitted. The lantern was then fitted to an AC Ford AC872 wall bracket and powered up. Thankfully, it started up straight away, and the lamp (being brand new) only took a short time to warm up.


After a long period of disuse (owing to the Streetfighter's wall bracket being commandeered for another lantern), the lantern was attached to another wall bracket on Thursday, 17th May 2018.


In operation:


Lamp warm-up 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
236.4 0.63 117 149 49.8 0.78 116.17 16.17 16%

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