Fluorescent lamp demonstration fixture

Description (Brief):

This fixture was part of a sales demonstration kit for early fluorescent lamps. The unit has a metal case that’s open on two sides and includes a ballast, two fluorescent lamp-holders, two Lumiline lamp-holders, a toggle switch and a ten-foot power cord. The power cord is not original and has been spliced onto the unit. Linear incandescent lamps called Lumiline were popular in the 1930s. Their end-caps consisted of a flat disc that snapped into the holder. GE engineers designed two types of fluorescent lamps with that style connector so as to save money by using existing production equipment.

Date Made: ca 1938

Maker: General Electric

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Work and Industry: Electricity, Energy & Power, Electric Lamps


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Credit Line: from General Electric Lighting Co.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1998.0231.19Accession Number: 1998.0231Catalog Number: 1998.0231.19

Object Name: demonstration kitlamp ballast

Physical Description: metal (overall material)plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 in x 3 1/4 in x 20 in; 10.16 cm x 8.255 cm x 50.8 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-8d28-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_751289

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