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Vintage Lighting Help identifying Beattie's Hollywood Hilite.

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by Bryce ham, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. Bryce ham

    Bryce ham New Member

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    Ok so I found this fluorescent fixture at an estate sale. Couldn’t pass it up for 50$, everything is original and operational. Counter weight system, wheels, and tension knobs are all smooth. 10’ ceilings for height comparison. Any knowledge is appreciated, would also like to figure out a Valueish.

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    Bryce ham New Member

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    Well not sure if the light switch is original. Kinda looks like an old rewire job maybe.
     
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    Cool!
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Most important information from the nameplate: "Otto K. Olesen". He's been discussed here before, try a search.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I read through these threads and google searches only turn up spot lights from the manufacturer not a fixture like this.
     
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    I saw several references to Oleson Lighting in Hollywood California in a google search. 'FDL' I'm guessing Fluorescent Diffusion Light/Luminaire' and here I thought Kino Pioneered fluorescent in Cinema lighting.
     
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    Nice, hard to date short of moving onto a more specialized movie industry type websie. Say later 60's or laters best gusss? Nice fixture in having a home.
     
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    For an update this has been the only Heritage have found. It’s a catalog from May 1946. Really digging this piece, about to contact the company and see if I can get any kind of information from them.
     

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    Good luck! Let us know. Companies have been A/B in sources for research. Been there in even contacting the address of a company that used to make lights.. and got no further. Good thing your research but also you should be contacting a studio gear website in those that remember / expert with the fixture and can lead you to more info.
     
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    FMEng Well-Known Member Fight Leukemia

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    Oleson is a blast from the past. My high school, in 1980, had Oleson lights. They could have dated back to the building's opening in 1970. At the time, I had nothing to compare them to, but they seemed like medium quality lights, possibly re-branded from Altman. Mostly fresnels a and a few ERS.
     

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