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WW2 Blackout lamp

(This is in the WW2 artefact box)

Can you answer the questions below by spinning this image and using the extra pictures?

Extra information and pictures

blackout lamp from our Second World War artefacts for primary schools box
blackout lamp from our Second World War artefacts for primary schools box
blackout lamp from our Second World War artefacts for primary schools box

Questions

1)  Why do you think the top part of the glass is painted black?

 

2)  Can you find the part that turned it on?  How is it different to switches on modern torches?

 

3)  Can you think of any other lights that would have needed to have been blacked out?

Answers down here - no peeking until you're ready!

1)  Why do you think the top part of the glass is painted black?

 

ANSWER: so that the light would shine down and not be seen by the German bombers

 

2)  Can you find the part that turned it on?  How is it different to switches on modern torches?

 

ANSWER: It is a wheel and modern torches use press switches

 

3)  Can you think of any other lights that would have needed to have been blacked out?

 

ANSWER: pretty much every single light you can think of that could be seen from the air!  Examples might be street lighhts, car lights and house lights.

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