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Old 03-08-2020, 07:23 AM   #1
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Another "What is this" thread


I found a couple of them this morning. Someone had thrown them out. It plugs into a standard UK 3-pin socket but the earth pin is a dummy. There's a gap for an external fuse (3 amp according to what's written on the plug). On the front there's what looks like an LED indicator and, rising above it, a vertical perspex panel with an incised design on it like a sunburst: radiating lines of different lengths ending in little balls.

Unfortunately I couldn't find a 3-amp fuse to put into it so I couldn't test it out.
 
Old 03-08-2020, 08:06 AM   #2
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Do I remember correctly that you don't have any means to take photographs? A digitally drawn version would at least help clarify the description.

My first guess would be some form of air freshener, (though unless the external fuse could be securely covered, I doubt it'd be passed as safe for household use).

 
Old 03-08-2020, 08:34 AM   #3
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OK, here's a pdf of what's engraved on the perspex display.
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File Type: pdf starburst.pdf (4.9 KB, 33 views)
 
Old 03-08-2020, 08:54 AM   #4
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The attached PNG is my interpretation of your description. Is it accurate?

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Old 03-08-2020, 09:17 AM   #5
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The attached PNG is my interpretation of your description. Is it accurate?

Yup, that's the one! I think mine is a different make but definitely the same kind of thing. Now tell me what it is.

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Old 03-08-2020, 02:44 PM   #6
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night light maybe?
 
Old 03-09-2020, 11:38 AM   #7
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https://www.toolstation.com/integral...htlight/p94943 seems to match the description fairly well.
 
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Yes, that's less like mine than the one boughtonp showed but quite similar all the same. If it's a nightlight, what's the perspex thingy for?
 
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Yes, that's less like mine than the one boughtonp showed but quite similar all the same. If it's a nightlight, what's the perspex thingy for?
Internal LED would light the perspex so that it gives off a diffuse glow.
 
Old 03-09-2020, 12:28 PM   #10
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When you shine a light through the edge of the acrylic, roughed up edges and anything etched into the plastic will refract the light and glow. Its called edge lighting.

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Old 03-10-2020, 04:52 AM   #11
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Thanks, everybody. I completely understand it now, even what the etched starburst is for. What a pity I can't mark it as solved!
 
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And here's a fancier one:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Automatic-P...%2C186&sr=8-94
 
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Nice find David. I must say I did not realize that nightlights came so far from the little incandescent bulbs that were as hot as small torches.
 
  


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