Wheeler Reflector Company 1960s Street Lighting Fixture, Pic 2.

By Joe Maurath, Jr.; posted May 19, 2017

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In addition...the "tip of the iceberg" of my porcelain and other stuff "garden" is in the background. Now for the cool historical information about my new fixture acquisition...

The Wheeler Reflector Company began operation around 1881 in Boston. At first, they specialized in mirrored sconces for oil lamps. Shortly thereafter one of the company's father's invented a "scheme" whereby light could be transmitted from one room to another. This was accomplished using groupings of sequential mirrors enclosed at 45-degree angles within a tube so that the brilliant light from a source (kerosene lanterns in those days) could be "sent" to another room via one of his "light tubes". Most of the applications that I have read about involved the light source originating in the dwelling's basement and "reflected" upwards to the living space above. I assume this concept had some advantage of keeping dangerous kerosene oil from the above rooms, viz., within the basement area whereby little or no flammable objects were stored.

With the advent of the electric light soon thereafter, I presume Mr. Wheeler's "light pipes" did not catch on. They probably were pretty expensive too.

His concept of mirrored transmission of light from one place to another is exactly what fiber optics is today!

PS...Those are stainless steel shields on each bottom-edge of this fixture's reflector and were intended to "throw" the light further in-between fixture installations. This was a Wheeler invention patented around 1950 and surely dispursed the light wonderfully! Those stainless steel strips never faded or tarnished either, even after 50+ years and added lots of brightness to the luminaire!