Street Lighting

Comiston Road

near Fairmilehead, South Edinburgh


Comiston Road

Comiston Road, near Fairmilehead -  Street lighting at night

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Photo from Edinburgh Street Lighting Collection SL/90/8.  Photo Ref.  General Electric Co Ltd, Publicity Dept, Photo


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      Comiston Road, near Fairmilehead -  Street lighting at night



Comiston Road


This photo is one of two night views of Edinburgh taken for the General Electric Co Ltd Publicity Dept and now held in the Edinburgh City Archive collection.  The other night view is of Gilmerton Road.

Gilmerton Road

    Gilmerton Road  -  Street lighting at night

The Comiston Road photo is dated February 3, 1937.  Some details about the street lights have been written on the back of this photo.  I have interpreted these with the help of Steven Oliver.  (See also 'Reply 1'.)

-  250w. Mercury Vapour

-  25 ft steel column

-  6 ft bracket

-  Oscia lantern




Steven Oliver

Duns, Borders, Scotland

Thank you to Steven Oliver for helping me to interpret the notes on the back of the photo above, and for adding:

Type of Lighting

"The type of column being referred to above will be one of the Mackenzie and Moncur slimline columns.  These were made up of 25ft steel shafts and 6ft cast-iron brackets and were installed from the 1930s until the mid-1950s on main roads and housing estates."

Mercury Lighting

"Mercury lighting is still used in Edinburgh today, mostly on the railing-stop lanterns in the New Town, but also on some side streets and in Duddingston Village."

Steven Oliver, Duns, Borders, Scotland:  January 22, 2011



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    Comiston Road near Fairmilehead -  Street lighting at night


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