ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
Top Posters(30 Days)
Potseal 11
Recent Posts
600 KW 120/208 3 Phase Y protection
by Yooperup. 07/24/17 12:20 PM
1913 American Electrician's Handbook
by gfretwell. 07/20/17 01:08 PM
Green House wiring
by ghost307. 07/20/17 09:10 AM
Permit Snafus...AHJs and Contractors Jump in
by HotLine1. 07/18/17 08:06 PM
New in the Gallery:
SE cable question
Popular Topics(Views)
239,314 Are you busy
174,778 Re: Forum
167,148 Need opinion
Who's Online Now
1 registered members (HotLine1), 67 guests, and 8 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate This Thread
#24482 - 04/14/03 10:54 AM Gilbert Electric (New York City) - Who remembers/recognizes this brand?  
SvenNYC  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,691
New York City
I've been trying to find some information on the Internet on this wiring device manufacturer but nothing comes up.

Their name appears a lot on those miniature cord-switches for SPT-1 lampcord (with the insulation-piercing points and the two halves that you screw together).

On some really old lamps I've seen one type called the "Shockproof" switch, which uses two metal clips to clamp the two halves of the shell together, instead of a screw through the middle.

Gilbert also makes/made a type of ez-on two-pin cord cap for SPT-1 cord where the wire was inserted into a little groove on the shell of the plug and a cover slides into place.

I haven't seen new Gilbert-branded cord-switches in the lighting-parts stores in my area but the plugs are sold in various colors (black, brown, gold, ivory, white) and in polarized and un-polarized configs.

There is also a mating cord-connector.

I assume the company -- or at least the name -- still has to be in business otherwise every single lighting store in New York City wouldn't be selling them....

Unless there is a massive warehouse somewhere with boxes and boxes - MILLIONS of these things sitting in there and these places have been trying to get rid of them for YEARS! [Linked Image]

Also, who recognizes another NYC-based brand of devices (mostly lampholder clusters and individual lampholders) called 'Triboro.'?

Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades

#24483 - 04/14/03 07:09 PM Re: Gilbert Electric (New York City) - Who remembers/recognizes this brand?  
walrus  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 680
Bangor Me. USA
My mothers sister(my Aunt, long since passed away) married the man who owned this company. My cousin Peter ran it for years and brought it back from the dead. They made Christmas lights with a push in socket(big time in the 60s [Linked Image] ) instead of screw in. Not sure what else they made but know they made all kinds of plugs and cords etc. Not sure what happened to it but I believe Peter sold it.Made lots of money I believe. Haven't talked to them in many years.

Member Spotlight
Delaware County, PA, USA
Posts: 186
Joined: November 2005
Show All Member Profiles 

2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

Shout Box
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.011s Queries: 14 (0.003s) Memory: 0.7448 MB (Peak: 0.8597 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2017-07-25 00:49:01 UTC