CEAG Standard Lamp

This is a Standard Lamp manufactured by the CEAG Company (Concordia Elektrizitäts Aktien Gesellschaft) of Cologne, Germany. In 1912 the British Home Office issued a reward for a better electric safety lamp. The £600 reward was claimed by a German engineer for this lamp design. This lamp is the original Ceag Standard Lamp featuring a safety fuse and bulb suspension. The bulb floats between two springs, and if the glass was broken, the springs would disengage the fuse, rendering all the live parts of the lamp inert and preventing the ignition of flammable gasses. The bottom of the lamp contained the battery inside a steel tube. This lamp was used as a “trip lamp,” hung on the last car of a coal train inside the mine.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, trip, mining
overall: 9 1/2 in; 24.13 cm
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accession number
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Industry & Manufacturing
Mining Lamps
Grant Wheat Collection
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Work and Industry: Mining
Grant Wheat Collection
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
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