The lantern was manufactured in 1997, and carries gear for a 150W SON-T lamp integrally. Control is via a NEMA socket on the lantern, which, on location, held a SELC 841 photocell. The lantern had obviously been installed in a dusty location as the globe was almost sand-blasted when I got it. I fitted a clearer relacement and it looks a lot smarter. I have now managed to get hold of a new bowl for the lantern, which makes the lantern look brand new.
The MRL6 is a VERY common lantern on main routes throughout the city, both in 150W and 250W SON variants. They were still being installed through until 2006, but are now manufactured by WRTL. There are also still many of the old GEC Z8600 (remote geared) version of the lantern to be found too.
The MRL6 passed into the Plymouth history books in May 2006 as its fitting was finally brought to an end after a good few years of use under various manufacturers. A new lantern, the Philips Iridium, was chosen as the main road lantern for the city, and stocks of MRL6s were rapidly exhausted in the stores.
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