ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
ShoutChat Box
Recent Posts
What does your work place look like?
by NORCAL - 11/29/20 04:38 PM
Where is Everyone?
by gfretwell - 11/27/20 06:18 PM
Happy Thanksgiving
by gfretwell - 11/26/20 08:52 PM
Insulated Tools: A Waste of Money?
by HotLine1 - 11/26/20 12:28 PM
Ground fault remover :-)
by NORCAL - 11/26/20 08:13 AM
New in the Gallery:
Facebook follies, bad wiring
FPE in Germany pt.2
Who's Online Now
1 registered members (Scott35), 24 guests, and 15 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Philips Gala lighting #181063 09/21/08 09:01 AM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
P
pauluk Offline OP
Member
U.K. advertisement from 1962 for Philips Gala lighting range.

[Linked Image]

Full-size image #1

[Linked Image]

Full-size image #2

Tools for Electricians:
Re: Philips Gala lighting [Re: pauluk] #181073 09/21/08 07:08 PM
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 223
A
aussie240 Offline
Member
Some of these I recognise from a late 60's Philips Australia catalog. The nice thing was they all had BC sockets. In fact until the early 1980's most shops here did not even stock ES light bulbs; you really had to go to an electrical supplier or a very good hardware store to get them...they were not seen in supermarkets or the corner store. ES sockets for GLS lamps should never have been promoted for 240V domestic use. I'm surprised the political correct nanny state has allowed such a wide scale importation of such light fittings given their safety hazards but yet insist on sleeved plug pins that bend because the brass is now thinner.

Re: Philips Gala lighting [Re: aussie240] #181079 09/22/08 05:36 AM
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,346
Trumpy Offline
Member
Aussie,
You know what caused the ES bulb to come down here?
Down-lights, purely and simply, at least in a domestic installation over here.
I hate the things, they weld the threads after a bit of use and are bloody hard to get out again when you need to replace the lamp.
Yes, I realise there is stuff you can put on the threads, but why should you have to?
The BC idea is a lot better and you don't have problems with idiots wiring the things backwards, either.

Re: Philips Gala lighting [Re: Trumpy] #181142 09/23/08 07:34 PM
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 223
A
aussie240 Offline
Member
Trumpy,
You're quite right....the influx of European lighting stores initiated it and now of course that's been taken over by the Chinese imports (how many GLS type light fittings can you find at Bunnings with a BC socket?). The only thing that's survived is the plain old ceiling batten holder. Prior to that, the only domestic situations you really saw them in was the odd table lamp brought in by overseas travellers. With these, the shell of the lamp is often exposed enough to inadvertently touch, especially if the bulb is partially unscrewed. With non polarised figure eight flex there is no guarantee it won't be live.
The sockets themselves don't stand up too well to over tightening or stuck bulbs.

Re: Philips Gala lighting [Re: aussie240] #183032 12/22/08 09:56 PM
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 1,250
D
djk Offline
Member
It'd be fantastic to see light fittings made to a decent standard by companies that I've actually heard of.

It seems they're all over-priced but turn out to be made in china by some unheard of company.

A lot of the fittings seem to be increasingly flimsy and difficult to wire.

Screw-in fittings were non-standard but not unheard of here in Ireland. There were plenty of fittings coming in from parts of continental Europe which used ES fittings, but proper Euro ES fittings with no risk of contacting the screw of the bulb. typically they had ceramic bulb holders which withstood years of use without any issue.

Recent Chinese imports have lowered the standard quite substantially.

Re: Philips Gala lighting [Re: djk] #183072 12/24/08 03:00 PM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
P
pauluk Offline OP
Member
Originally Posted by djk
Recent Chinese imports have lowered the standard quite substantially.


That pretty much sums up all electrical goods. frown

Re: Philips Gala lighting [Re: pauluk] #183076 12/24/08 04:31 PM
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,346
Trumpy Offline
Member
Paul,
That lamp #3 in the second picture, looks like something off "My Favourite Martian".

Re: Philips Gala lighting [Re: Trumpy] #183121 12/27/08 10:35 AM
Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 853
L
leland Offline
Member
1962?... Some of those styles are makeing a comeback!
walking thru a show room last week i saw some "interesting" concepts. Did'nt check the quality.


Featured:

2020 National Electrical Code
2020 National Electrical
Code (NEC)

* * * * * * *

2020 Master Electrician Exam Preparation Combos
2020 NEC Electrician
Exam Prep Combos:
Master / Journeyman

 

Member Spotlight
Scott35
Scott35
Anaheim, CA. USA
Posts: 2,721
Joined: October 2000
Show All Member Profiles 
Top Posters(30 Days)
Trumpy 9
Popular Topics(Views)
272,097 Are you busy
205,990 Re: Forum
194,023 Need opinion
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3