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1948 - world's largest modern street light designed and tested for use on America's great white ways


CD 1966014 E&MP27.097

Electric Lighting

FEB 26 1948

The world's largest modern street light, a 60,000-lumen giant, nearly one yard high and 21 inches in diameter, is shown suspended in a light-measuring device for test in the Illuminating Laboratory of the General Electric Company.

Held beneath it for comparison is the smallest street light manufactured by G.E. The new unit has been designed and tested for use on America's "great white ways", using lamps as large as 1500 watts.

It directs the light down and across the street to assure maximum placement of light where it is most needed, and a minimum of tiring glare. 

Original Caption by Science Service
General Electric

National Museum of American History


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