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1940s rodded airfield warning light

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1940s rodded airfield warning light

Era: 1940s Origin: UK

A striking 1940s ‘Double Obstruction’ airfield warning light by renowned US manufacturer Crouse Hinds, salvaged from a recently decommissioned M.O.D. base in Wiltshire, UK. Comprising a polished aluminum enclosure with two red glass wells, suspended from a fixed rod.

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Origin: UK

Lighting design in the UK benefitted from a free market. Different companies were working at the same time, designing and producing similar products for the same market. Often with only slight differences in their style, they constantly upgraded and improved their original designs. The products we salvage come from the old industrial heartland of England. This area of the UK was once the boiler room of the British economy - from the potteries of Stoke, through the engineering works of Birmingham, to the wool, textile and cotton mills of Oldham and Manchester.

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Manufacturer's catalogue

Found in our archive of original manufacturer's catalogues, the extract below (dated 1939) shows a similar airfield warning light by G.E.C. in action.


Product details

Supplied with two new screw (E27) lamp holders. (If you would prefer an E26 lamp holder for use in the USA, please just ask).

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100 (glass) mm
960 mm
4.9 kg
n/a mm
370 mm
Silver | Red

Supplied tested to BS EN60598. IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.

Crouse Hinds

Manufacturer: Crouse Hinds

Crouse Hinds is one of the oldest light manufacturers in the U.S. and were founded during 1897 in Syracuse, New York. Initially producing a patented tram car headlight, the firm grew to produce (amongst other items) switches, electrical conduits, traffic lights, airport lighting and even the lighting for Panama Canal. The company name is still in use today as a subsidiary of Cooper Industries, however the traffic signal production ended in 1981.

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