Eleco PT828

This lantern originated from somewhere in Devon.

Lantern- Eleco PT-828
Lamp- 80W MBFU
Manufacture Date- 1970
Control Gear- Remote Philips Gear
 Original Control- Horstmann KMK2A All-Night Timeclock

I was really glad to eventually get hold of one of these iconic lanterns, having grown up with them all around in the 1980s. The example I managed to obtain is in superb condition, and the internal parts are immaculate. The only slight fault with the acrylic bowl which, is a fault found on all these elderly lanterns, is around the hinge screws. A nylon hinge secures the heavy aluminium lid of the lantern to the acrylic bowl, and there is no other form of support for the top of the lantern. Therefore with all the weight of the canopy, and rusty bolts expanding, small cracks appear in the acrylic. I'm hoping to overcome this during restoration, but I'll have to wait and see. Restoration will include a repaint of the base casting, canopy, and hopefully a repair of the cracks around the hinge.

The lantern on location was switched by a Horstmann KMK2A timeclock, and operated on Philips 80w MBF/U control gear.

One of the most common lantern to be found across Plymouth during the late 1960s-1980s, the PT828 has now all but vanished entirely. Only a lone Mercury example exists on a housing association courtyard.

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