Philips XGS 104

Lantern acquired in September 2006.

After acquiring the XGS 103 and the FGS 104, the XGS 104 was the next on the list. As with the other two lanterns, it is also fitted with an electronic high-frequency gear unit. As previously mentioned, this lantern is fairly common in this area - both in its present guise and in the older MI 36 design.

The XGS 104 is identical (as you might expect) to the FGS 104 - except of course; that the lamp and gear is different!

The lantern is not very old and yet the fibres are just starting to appear on the canopy.

The refractors still manage to break up the image of the SOX lamp.

The bowl shows signs of dirt ingress; despite the lantern's supposed IP65 sealing.

The gear proves that this lantern is newer than my XGS 103 and FGS 104 - it is made in Philips' Poland factory as opposed to the Holland factory as the gear in these lanterns is.

The lantern was installed on an AC Ford AC872 bracket on Saturday, 27th June 2009. It was then powered up - the high frequency ballast providing a flicker-free operation.

Lantern warm-up video:

Testing the fitting with my energy monitoring device revealed the following results; notice that the entire lantern wattage is significantly lower than the stated 55 W of the lamp:

Test Voltage (V) Current being drawn at full power (A) Calculated wattage (W) Apparent Power (VA) Frequency (Hz) Power Factor True Power (W)
239.6 0.18 44 43 49.9 1.00 43.13

Philips MI / F/XGS Lanterns in the Collection

FGS 103 (June 2003)

FGS 104 (Oct 2002)

MI 8

MI 26 (June 1992)

MI 26 2 (June 1998)

MI 26 4

(Feb 1998 / Sept 1999)


MI 50 (Feb 1988)

MI 55 (Aug 1989)

MI 80 (Oct 1985)

XGS 103 (Oct 2001)

XGS 103 (Dec 2002)

XGS 104 (Oct 2002)

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