AEC UNO

Lantern acquired in February 2006.

Another lantern to be removed from one of Markeaton Park's car parks - and another Italian one at that! This lantern was only installed for a short time, when a new pay-and-display machine came into use, but it was also replaced with a Beta 79 to standardise the lighting. I have seen this type of lantern being used in several McDonalds car parks, as well as on a road leading to a quarry in Buxton - making it more common than the Sapphire!

The lantern is of an all-plastic construction (except for the 76 mm column adaptor), meaning that it could get away without requiring an earth, however the ballast has an earth wire running to it.

The canopy is plain except for a purely decorative grille towards the back of the lantern.

The canopy hinges open for maintenance purposes. It is held in place with the red screw visible between the spigot cap and the bowl.

An ignitor is not fitted - instead, an internal-ignitor lamp is required. (Oddly, the label on the inside of the canopy states that an external-ignitor lamp should be fitted!)

The reflector simply lifts out if the lamp needs to be changed.


The photographs below show the Beta 79 which replaced this lantern:

 

A part-night 'Night Star' photocell is employed here.

Urbis Sapphire 1 | Philips SGS 203


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