This page has various photos of street lamps I have taken mostly around my area
of North Bristol, plus other districts as well. I hope to expand the photo
collection over time discovering the various street lighting used.
The photos are not copyrighted but if you wish to use any of them you will need
to ask me first, and a link to my
site would be appreciated.
An old Thorn Gamma 6 variant that used to be in
my street prior to 1990 when they were replaced by Thorn Beta
2s. See photo on the right. 55w SOX. 2 photos showing that
different photocells were used during it's lifetime - firstly a
thermal Royce Thompson P5, then a Zodion. Many streets in the
area are still lit by these and they must easily be 40 years old
- including the columns! How much longer they will last is
anyones guess - and I hope to add a Gamma 6 lantern to my
collection some day!!
The Thorn Beta 2 that replaced the Gamma in my
street. Many of the streets nearby are now lit by SON-T but
after 20 years we still have SOX in our street - during May 2010
the council sent out letters saying columns would be painted and
lanterns upgraded, and as of July 31st 2010 our street now has
Urbis ZXU1 lanterns - *SEE FURTHER DOWN*. 55w SOX with Zodion photocell.
Below is another Beta 2 in the area and its bowl has gone walkabout.
A Thorn Beta 5 from the 1990s. 35w SOX with
Zodion photocell and a little bit of water in the bowl.
A GEC Z5698U lantern - a few of them can be found
dotted around the area. 55w SOX with a Zodion photocell -
A couple more Gamma 6 type lanterns. At one time
most of Horfield was lit by these and a large number do remain -
some with faded black paint over the years like the one above
right (which was the only remaining one of its type in this
particular road - Mar 2004 - now replaced by SON-T).
And in one or two rare places of the area can be
found a Gamma 6 variant complete with a nifty little hat to
direct more light down on to road. This one appears to have a
Here we have a couple of Urbis ZX1s - the bottom
one is less than 5 years old but they are still replacing it
with a new one when there are far more ancient lanterns nearby yet
to be replaced! Looks like the photocells are Zodion on the
bottom one and SELC on the top one.
Two Urbis ZX2s one with full
cut-off and one with deep bowl. SON-T 150w bulbs - possibly both
with SELC photocells.
An Urbis ZX1 - these seem to be the lantern of
choice now for replacing the old SOX lamps in the Horfield area.
It is a gradual process but will stop the yellow glow appearing
over the district gradually. A Zodion photocell controls it.
31/07/2010 - Urbis ZXU1
lantern replacing the 20 year old Thorn Beta 2 in my street. The case design is slightly different to ZX1 as it has a
universal fitting i.e side entry or post-top. Until mid June 2013 these
lanterns had SON-T lamps inside but have been replaced with SDW-T
white SON lamps. This is more pleasant at night now. VIDEO:
Replacement of Beta 2 with Urbis ZXU1 - WMV file (18.5Mb)
An Urbis ZX3 on a main road. At the time of the
photo (Mar 2004) this was the only one with the rest being Philips SOX
(see below) - all have since been upgraded to SON-T.
A PHILIPS MA60 180w SOX streetlamp. A SELC 841
photocell is on top. If you imagine that the photocell fits
nicely in the palm of your hand you can imagine just how long
this lantern is!! And to prove it
here is an interesting photo!
I noticed during September 2013 that shortly
after all the lanterns were changed to ZXU1, one of the columns
in my street actually had this LED lantern fitted. I am not sure
of the model but the closest match I have found is an Urbis Axia,
but with only 2 segments of LEDs fitted? It started off working
correctly but was day burning in early October. Having walked up
my street at night I noticed the light output is not as bright
as SDW-T but is pleasant. Maybe this is a test installation as
LED lighting will become more popular, or maybe a resident
complained the SDW-T lamp was too bright - I do not know for
A neighbouring council provides a lot of
different lamp models. We start here with a GEC Z9536 (now made
by WRTL - model SRL 55) - showing its age and with a worn out
55w SOX bulb. Zodion photocell.
Quite a lot of lamps in Filton had
concrete posts and metal sleeves to provide extra height. Here is a GEC Z9554M 135w SOX
(now made by WRTL - model MRL 135) with a SELC 841 photocell.
Concrete columns are being replaced gradually and new lanterns
are Philips Iridium (see further down the page).
An old style Thorn Beta 5 here to light up a path
for a footbridge across the busy A38 in Filton. SELC 841
photocell (closeup top view on the right). UPDATE: Beta 5 (and
footbridge) no longer there!
A Phosco P222 in a car park - 3 SOX lamps are
inside. Can't see the photocell but there is one on top.
An ageing Thorn Alpha 4 here with control gear
and no photocell as it is group switched on a large works site.
(UPDATE: now removed due to refurbishment of works site
Apologies for the blurry photo but it was taken
quickly on the move. This is a Thorn Alpha 9. Photocell looks to
be of the Zodion variety.
A Philips XGS 103 (MI 26) here on a concrete
sleeve - a replacement for a GEC Z9536. 35w SOX with a SELC
A Thorn Riviera 1 - plenty of these are installed instead of SOX lamps in Filton on major roads. SON-T
150w with SELC photocell.
From 2007/8 for approx 10 years, the preference for new or
replacement streetlamps are Philips Iridium lanterns
(SGS253/SGS453) mostly post top fittings but some are on
brackets or arms, with the height (6/8/10 metre) and lamp wattage
(70/100/150W) depending on
location. This one is a 10 metre post-top 150W SON-T as it is on
a major A road. SELC photocell. The majority of these have now
been replaced by LED lighting controlled by GPS for switching on
Here in a place called Frampton Cotterell we have
a Davis/Eleco GR100 with a SELC photocell and quite a lot of
water collecting in the bowl.
Kingswood at one time used to be solely lit in
the pleasant white/blue glow of mercury which made a pleasant
change from yellow Sox lighting - a few of these old 5th core
remain. Here is a Eleco HW852 (or it may be a GEC Z5580)
with photocell controller stuck on
the telegraph pole upper left.
Out towards the village of Pilning we have a GEC
Z5713 acting as a fish bowl - needless to say its missing lid
means it does not work!
In the district of Downend you will find the odd
example of an
ancient concrete lamp-post with equally ancient lantern on it.
Even chunks of concrete have fallen off on this one. It is a GEC
Z9480. UPDATE: Now replaced by a SON-T Philips Iridium lantern.
In Kingswood again and here is a GECZ9536 (WRTL
SRL55). Note that there are TWO SELC photocells controlling this
lamp for some reason!! - perhaps the one on the telegraph pole
is redundant. The thin top wire is known as "5th core" - a power
source for street lighting.
Back in Frampton Cotterell and a Phosco P107 here
lights up a quiet residential cul-de-sac.
A Revo Bell Top lantern on a swan neck survives here in
Kingswood - there are several SOX lamps surrounding it so it is
nice of the council to keep it burning.
Again in Frampton Cotterell and this Thorn Alpha
1 survives still attached to a telegraph pole. I could not see a
photocell so it may be time clock or group switched. On this stretch
of road there are three different makes of lantern all in the
space of 300 yards. There is also a GEC Z9554M and Eleco GR100 close to
this Alpha 1. Now all replaced by LED lanterns.
In Winterbourne, a Thorn Alpha 8 Mk II - looks
like a SELC photocell.
Here is a Thorn Alpha 9 deep bowl in Frampton
Cotterell on a concrete arm - still going strong all these
Fluorescent lighting is new becoming popular - particularly on
footpaths or new housing estates. I believe this to be an Urbis
Altra 2 with possibly a 36W PL-L lamp. SELC photocell was faulty as the
lamp was on when I took the photo.
As new housing developments are built the can be an interesting
choice of street lighting. This modern design is an Urbis Tage.
A pair of newer version Thorn Alpha 8s on a nice
double armed concrete column in Winterbourne. Now replaced.