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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2021 7:31 pm 
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In Old Portsmouth yesterday I spotted that a few streets have had their heritage fittings replaced with Pudsey Diamond Dickens lanterns featuring the Varoptic LED system which mimics gas mantles. The fact that more than a single street has had renewals would suggest Portsmouth are perhaps starting to embark on replacing heritage lighting with LED heritage lighting. Amongst other things, this would see the ageing Phosco P109s replaced, of which most ran vertically mounted SON-E lamps with refractor rings, though a couple of mercury examples may still have survived.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2021 9:12 pm 
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Tonight, while walking under my nearest main road lighting, I noticed that the original 90-degree curved brackets on some Fabrikat columns from the mid 90s have been swapped out for the staple fancier brackets that my local council loves using, which look like this. I believe this to be the last road in the borough to have its brackets swapped. The TRT Aspect lanterns have been retained.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 9:23 am 
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I was on the 43 bus the other day and passed through Archway. In that area , quite a number of the tons of Amperas installed in that area were dayburning. To my shock, most of the LEDS have failed in these lanterns. In some cases around half or more of the LED tray had failed. I don’t know when these were installed but that’s shockingly poor. At this rate this stretch will need to be replaced in a few years, certainly not economic at all. I always loathed the Ampera anyway. Never looks good on any column. Oversized and clunky. Probably my least favourite LED lantern. On the other hand there were some shiny new LED lanterns installed when we got to the Barnet council area, all on sage green columns and painted green themselves. I don’t know what these are but they’re some of the best, most sleek looking LED lanterns I’ve seen. Some of them had a noticeable cold light to them too.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2021 10:27 am 
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On the other hand there were some shiny new LED lanterns installed when we got to the Barnet council area, all on sage green columns and painted green themselves. I don’t know what these are but they’re some of the best, most sleek looking LED lanterns I’ve seen. Some of them had a noticeable cold light to them too.

They're Philips LumiStreets, they have also been installed in neighbouring Enfield and Portsmouth.

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And to add to that, Barnet as well as Enfield are pretty much all LED now, apart from the few Arcs that escaped replacement.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2021 10:09 pm 
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SpeedStar wrote:
And to add to that, Barnet as well as Enfield are pretty much all LED now, apart from the few Arcs that escaped replacement.


And a few SOX stragglers!

MA50s/60s on the A406 on-slip at Brent Cross

GEC Z9454, Arc and MA50 near the Great Cambridge Roundabout

GEC Z9538 and Z9454s near the Great Cambridge Roundabout

GEC Z9554s and MAs next to the A406 near the Great Cambridge Roundabout


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:23 pm 
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Noticed recently from passing trains that the Urbis Sapphires on the central reservation of the M25 at Brentwood have been retrofitted with LED lanterns, which are so small and skinny they are barely discernable by day! I thought the lanterns had just been removed at first - it was only when I saw the white glow on the return journey in the evening that I could see there really were lanterns on the column!

Also just been looking at a journey that I used to do to visit my sister at university to see if anything has changed lighting-wise, and found the following:

The Iridiums on the on and off-slips of the M11/M25 junction have been replaced with LED lanterns (Phosco P860s?). The same has happened to some MA50s on some other slip roads on the M25.

A few Iridiums which have survived two mass LED retrofitting schemes, have now been retrofitted with Axia 2s on Bishops Rise, Hatfield, as have some Alpha 3s and MAs (and casual replacement Iridiums) on Briars Lane

Obviously, almost all main road lanterns in Essex are now Philips Digistreets (apart from the odd straggler here and there), so that will be a big change across much of the route I used to take.


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