Replacement bulbs too short
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Author:  paulrace [ Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Replacement bulbs too short

An old friend of the Nelsons' writes:

Hey Paul, do you know a source for the bulb that actually goes inside a C7 bubble light? They appear to have a longer than normal shank on the threads than your typical C& type bulb. I have some Westinghouse indicator bulbs whose globe is similar in size but the threads are too short to make good contact.

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It's great to hear from you. Hope all is well.

I understand your problem; I don't think you're the only fellow who has encountered it. Some folks add a dab of solder to the tip of the base, but I'm not sure I would do that myself.

My friend Fred Fox who has a vintage Christmas store on Etsy (Noellkat) knows a lot more about most of this stuff than I do, so I'm going to copy this to him.

Also another friend Mark Podmore has had luck relamping these and written about it.

Fred and Mark, Tom gave me one of the archive copies of the OldChristmasLights web page, so he's one of the folks responsible for the Nelsons' information still being online. Hope you can help him.

Best of luck, - Paul

Author:  paulrace [ Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Replacement bulbs too short

The reader replied:

Paul, Thanks for getting back to me. One thought I had was to try and reuse the threaded base from the dud lamp if I can get it apart without damaging the insulator in the bottom of the base and soldering and gluing it to the new bulb.

Author:  paulrace [ Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Replacement bulbs too short

Fred Fox of the Noellkat vintage Christmas decoration store on Etsy, added:

I don't think there are any sources of new replacements for those anymore. I either use the Indicator lamps you mention and add an extra blob of solder to the bottom contact for length which works really well or buy deteriorated bubble lights and re-use the bulbs - Fred

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