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 Post subject: Re: Philips products
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:53 pm 
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It makes sense that Philips would start discontinuing some of their discharge lighting lanterns. Compared with their competitors, they have been very slow to do so. If it is indeed correct that the Malaga and Selenium have been discontinued, and not the usual quirk of their website, then this represents them getting rid of products at the lower end of the spectrum. This could be a case of "we aren't the cheapest, and if somebody wants something cheap and old technology, they can go elsewhere".

As for the Luma, I've mentioned elsewhere on these forums the design faults with this product, of which the biggest issue has been lantern bodies fracturing or lantern bodies detaching from their spigots and falling to ground, which is why they have been banned from further installation by Highways England and all existing installations are being retrofitted with safety straps. The larger and heavier the product, the more prone they are to failure. If they have discontinued the larger products in the Luma range, it is the right decision. They have newer products available, and to continue selling a product that has a safety defect with the design and is costing them an absolute fortune in warranty claims would be madness.

What is madness is that the Iridium is still on sale. The design is nearly 20 years old, it has been superseded by newer products that do the same thing, and Iridiums are being sent for scrap in the hundreds of thousands now. They could just keep customers happy by offering the Iridium2.


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 Post subject: Re: Philips products
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:54 pm 
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The Iridium range is quite comprehensive and has accumulated a decent install base, so perhaps it is still viable to manufacture for maintenance applications.

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 Post subject: Re: Philips products
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:26 pm 
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Paianni wrote:
The Iridium range is quite comprehensive and has accumulated a decent install base, so perhaps it is still viable to manufacture for maintenance applications.


The issue is, it's installed base is currently being decimated. A lot of the earlier PFIs that used Iridiums are now binning them for LED, and on parts of the motorway network a lot of Iridiums have been lost too.


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