Dennis Buckenham wrote:
I wonder if you could help me with some information. Following the death of a relative two of your lamps have come into my pocession. I am very interested in trying to trace some history of these lamps. Both the lamps are marked as type SL with an approval no of B120. One has the number 61 stamped on the case and the other has 1814 stamped on it. Both appear to be in very good condition. I believe they ould have been used in the area around Worksop. Would there be any instruction manuals available for these.
As I live in Norfolk any information in my local area is very limited.
THE SL OR SIDE LIT IS A WORKMANS LAMP WHICH WERE IN USE FROM BETWEEN THE WARS TO THE 1990,S.
THEY WERE LIT (BY A LOW VOLTAGE CURRENT THROUGH A PLATINUM WIRE NEXT TO THE WICK) IN THE LAMP ROOM AS WORKMEN CANNOT RELIGHT UNDERGROUND.
WE DO NOT CARRY SPARES FOR THEM NOW OTHER THAN THE WICKS.
REGARDS DAVID MATHER
Thanks for the information. Sorry to be a nuisance but could you possibly answer the following questions.
Does it require a special tool to supply the current or would any low voltage supply do? (if so what voltage is required)
Could normal lamp oil be used in the lamps? (I have checked the lamps and the wicks and all the seals appear new).
I really would like to see them working.
its approx 4 volts applied accross the vessel and the glass plate.
you need to make sure all the insulating washers are intact. you can use thin fuse wire in place of the platinum wire.
lamp oil will probably not light with low volt\age.most paraffin lamps used high voltage.
petrol or lighter fuel with a low flash point is best.