Wednesday, July 11, 2007



hi ola,
the type 6 is a deputies relighter lamp which we supplied in bulk from nationalisation in 1947 to the ministry of power subsequently the national coal board and then british coal.the type 6 began to be replaced by the garforth/GR6S lamp from 1965.
the number 61 stamped on the bonnet is the miner check number. checks are handed in at the lift gate so they know who is underground.
50/ is for made in 1950.
the fuel tank or vessel is packed with felt pads to absorb the fuel,colzalene or relighter spirit which is similar to petrol. you can use petrol or ronson or zippo lighter fuel. in addition there is a long section of wick coming up to the bottom of the wick tube. this must not be removed. on top of this fits the trimming wick approx 1" long which is replaced regularly in the pits.
the felt pads and wick dry out with lack of use.
best policy is to leave it submerged in a can of petrol for a day or two.
the reason paraffin is not used is it will not light with the spark ignition, it needs a naked flame. as the lamp is a flame trap and self extinguishing if dismantled a flame cannot be introduced.
the cracks in the wick tube will not help but it shiuld still burn.
it is called a mag lock bceause it needs magnet to pull down the sprung metal pin.

the innstruction manual comes in the service pack which you can buy online at
good luck.
regards david mather

Ola Dahlbom wrote:
I realize you probably get a bunch of these questions but I´d very much appreciate it if you might help me out a bit:
Firts of all the age.
My lamp is stamped no. 61 on the bonnet - I gather this is just a serial?
On the bottom plate just beside the sixth locker pin which goes up in the bonnet and locks it, is stamped: 50/4026G does this tell you anything?
About the tank:
Is it filled with cotton? If I look down the wick-tube, after removing the wick, it looks like another wick is stuck some 3/4 down. I put a small screwdriver down the tube and pushed and it´s very hard.
I filled the tank with parafine and it runs for a few minutes then it seems it´s not getting enough fuel and starts burning the wick. Is it the fuel that´s wrong?
I also noted that the wick tube is broken; two small cracks runs at each side from the top to near the bottom - does this make for bad capillary force in the wick?
And last: How ist the lock suppose to work? Is it merely a push-spring bolt that´s supposed to go through the hole in the lock? If so - Why is it called a magnet lock?
Again, I hope you don´t mind these questions - I really want my beautiful lamp to work!
Thanks and regards,
Ola Dahlbom
Is the a manual for this type of lamp? On the web?


David Slowey said...


My lamp is a type 6. Underneath the 6, it says M & O (or is it a Q?), Safety Lamps, Approval No. B/28. The problem is getting it open. Reading your recent answers, I am wondering if it is one of the lamps which needs a magnet, or could the spring pin just be seized up?

David Slowey

Tig said...

Are you able to supply spare parts for the Protector 6 lamp?
I have one that needs a new daisy wheel at the striker base and pin leading up to the striker. I also need a new flint spring and wicks.
If so could you please advise on price and P&P

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