Philips SO/H 60W Bamboo

In 1955 a new grade of borate glass was developed by Philips, having improved resistance to sodium vapour. Prior to this, low pressure sodium lamps had been plagued by a rapid staining of the glass, which acquired a brownish colour after a few hundred hours and subsequently darkened during life. Thus although sodium lamps were supremely efficient when new, their efficacy and output fell rapidly.

The new Philips glass offered the possibility to overcome this issue, but a number of other problems had to be solved. One notable feature was the poor adhesion of liquid sodium to its surface. The metal ordinarily exists as small beads, but on the new glass it spread out into large thin films. If lamps were not burned absolutely horizontally, the sodium would also flow from one end of the lamp to the other forming large light-blocking mirrors, which offset the gain in efficacy from the reduced staining. To prevent movement of sodium, the glass tube was rilled-in at several points leading to the so-called Bamboo construction. This overcame the sodium film problems and improved lumen maintenance.

A further problem of the new glass was its more rapid adsorption of the argon component in the starting gas mixture. The traditional neon-argon fill could no longer be used, and had to be changed to a neon-helium-xenon mixture - note the characteristic discharge colour. The presence of Xenon reduced lamp efficacy, due to wastage of energy from electrons colliding with this heavy gas instead of sodium vapour. However such was the improvement in the non-staining glass that although the initial light output was a little lower, this was more than compensated by the superior lumen maintenance throughout lamp life.
Manufacturer: Philips Gloeilampenfabrieken
Lamp Power: 60 Watts
Lamp Current: 0.6 Amps 0.54A Starting Current
Lamp Voltage: 100 Volts 450V ignition
Cap Type: By22d Porcelain
Bulb Type: Inner: TU-14 (TU-4½") Dewar: TA-50 (TA-16")
Bulb Finish: Inner: Borate Soft Glass Dewar: Clear Soft Glass
Electrodes: CCC-4 Beehive BCT emitter
Arc Length:
Atmosphere: Inner: Na | HeNeXe Dewar: Vacuum
Luminous Flux: 4,200 lm (@ 0hrs)
Luminous Efficacy: 70 lm/W (@ 0hrs)
Colour Temperature & CRI: CCT: 1700K CRI: Ra -44
Chromaticity Co-ordinates: CCx: 0.574 CCy: 0.425
Rated Lifetime: 4,000 hours 50% survival
Warm-up & Re-strike time: 11 minutes Instantaneous
Burning Position: Vertical Cap Up ±95°
Overall Length: 300 mm 11¾ inches
Light Centre Length: 170 mm 6¾ inches
Factory: Eindhoven Netherlands
Date of Manufacture: Inner: 1958 March Dewar: 1940 June
Original / Present Value: Unknown
References: 1) Low Pressure Sodium Lamps, J.W. Denneman, IEE Proceedings V.128 No.6, September 1981, pp.397-414.
2) Philips Lamp Catalogue, France, 1959.