Ultraviolet Lamp

Astronomy

Accession Number: 2019.ast.167

Description:

This object consists of a long black plastic piece with with a white glass rectangular base surrounded on one side with a metal bracket. When removed, the glass surface can be removed to reveal a fluorescent lightbulb. The black plastic top is molded at the ends and higher in the middle. Rising out of the centre of the highest point there is a metal bracket to which there is attached a circular dish-like piece with a metal piece protruding through the middle. Also on top of the black piece there are two switches which pop up when depressed. One is labelled, “OFF”, the other “START”.

A two-pronged power cable emerges from the top of the black piece.

Alternative Name: UV Lamp

Primary Materials: Plastic, Metal: Iron Alloy, Glass

Markings:

On a plastic label affixed below the dish: “BURTON MEDI-QUIP CO.
VAN NUYS, CALIF.
50.60 CYCLES
19 AMPS
CSA APP No 3378”

And on a sticker affixed over this: “1312”

Function:

This is probably an ultraviolet lamp. Its precise use (and the purpose of the disc attachment) is unknown.

Condition:

Excellent: This is an attachment to a large apparatus or piece of equipment that is missing. It is dusty but in good condition. The plastic dish attachment is scuffed and the metal at its centre is considerably rusted; however the bracket that attaches it is not rusty.

Manufacturer: Burton Medi-Quip Co.

Date of Manufacture: Late 20th Century

Provenance:

This object was likely moved from the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill in 2008, upon the sale of the observatory. It was stored at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics until 2017, when it was moved to a new storage location in McLennan Physical Laboratories.