Good evening Ukastle, I have known of this site for some years, but have always shied away from joining as I don`t consider myself as a hardened street lighting collector as most of you guys on here!
But I have always had an active interest in the subject, actually doing a project on it as a school leaving presentation, with great assistance from a street lighting engineer, (Steve Larkin), I have known since I was 15, Steve was working for street lighting contractors David Liningtons at the time, and provided me with information and lamps, and a working demo model showing a 35W SOX, and an 80W MBF lamp running.
About me, My name is Rich, I was born in 1972, so had the pleasure of growing up with MBF, then the change to SOX and now SON, in street lighting, and where I am in Cheshire, we also had hundreds of linear sodium lamps all over my town.
I am not a collector of lanterns, but do have a fair range of street lighting lamps, gear, cells and 2 Sangamo time switches.
About my user name, I know a GEC Nightwatch 50 never existed
, but I have, as the front light, on my house, a 1981, restored GEC Z8831, running a 50W MBF lamp, (I actually changed to this from an 18W SOX)!!, I miss the old MBF lamps and although its all LED today, I`m having my little bit of the past on my own house!
Sorry for the long winded intro!