The lantern runs a 70W SON-T lamp, and gear is integral to the fitting. Switching was by a Venner MS2SP clock, which means the canopy has not been drilled for a photocell. The clock had failed leaving the lantern on-by-day, and since there was no photocell facility, a new lantern was fitted. The outer globe is a shallow polycarbonate type, and this has yellowed slightly over the years, although it is in good condition. Later versions of this lantern had a fibreglass canopy and a metal gear tray. This example is an early model from 1983, and has an aluminium canopy and an aluminium sheet gear cover plate. The whole lantern will require a strip down and a repaint as the sea air has corroded the metal beneath the paint over the years.
A 70w Urbis ZXU1 replaced the Beta 79. It was fitted with an RTE Oasis 2000 photocell.
Beta 79 lanterns are a fairly common sight across the city, although the early aluminium versions are pretty rare.
Site Hosting by: Freewebs.com
İDavy Warren 2009