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Lamp bulb, discharge


Artifact no.
F48PG17 CW Cool White Power Groove
General Electric
Manufacturer Location
United States of America
Manufactured Date
Circa 1960
Context Function
A device used to provide illumination by means of an electric current which excites mercury vapor in a glass tube, producing short-wave ultraviolet light that then creates fluorescence, producing visible light.
Context Technical
The new power groove lamps, with grooves on opposite sides, were introduced in 1959. The grooves placed phosphor closer to the centre of the arc stream and "squeezed" the arc for greater light producing power. Alternating grooves made the arc travel in a wavy path to effectively increase the length and give greater efficiency.
Context Canada
An example of a lamp bulb used in Canada, part of a large and varied collection of over 7500 electrical items acquired and documented by Ontario Hydro in the 1960s. The collection was thought to be the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in Canada and was donated to the Canada Science and Technology Museum in 1992
Glass tube coated with white phosphor/ metal parts/ synthetic parts
Number of Parts
Artifact Finish
White tube/ metallic and black end caps
Artifact Markings
Gold lettering on glass reads 'GENERAL GE [LOGO] ELECTRIC/F48PG17-CW POWER GROOVE/ COOL WHITE U.S.A.'/ Hydro no. hand painted '1123'
Artifact Missing
Appears complete.
Group 1
Lighting Technology
Category 1
Lamp bulbs
116.0 cm
5.4 cm