Can you identify this bulb and where I can get one?

Old 10-29-16, 07:12 AM
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Question Can you identify this bulb and where I can get one?

I tried WalMart with no luck. Anyone know what kind of bulb this is and where I can get one? It is about 4 inches long and about 3/8s of an inch across the part that screws in.

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Old 10-29-16, 07:18 AM
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Any Lowes, Home Depot will have them.
Old 10-29-16, 08:10 AM
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I agree.
In the picture it looks like some of the glass insulator may have broken off making the pin look like it protrudes from the bulb.
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The tip on the end is supposed to be reminiscent of a flame. It MAY have a metric or other special base.

I have a tubular bulb in a floor lamp that burnt out and I picked up one from Lowes that looked absolutely identical but it would NOT screw into the socket. I looked at Home Depot and my old-time hardware store as well but could not find the proper bulb. I finally went to Lamps Plus (only the second time I have been in the store) and they asked how many I wanted. I bought one and it fit perfectly.

So, if the homecenters and hardware stores don't have the proper bulb try a lighting specialty store.
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Three eighths inch diameter is what is called a "miniature screw base" or "E-10 base." It is almost always for a low voltage bulb, typically 1-1/2 to 20 volts. This size was common back in the 1960's for "C6" series (15 volt) Christmas lights and some flashlight bulbs. The C6 lights were either 8 or 9 to a string or candolier (menorah=like fixture) plugged into a 120 volt circuit.

The next size up is "candelabra screw base" and is about 15/32" in diameter and quite common for 120 volt chandelier bulbs. It is still in use today. The "C7" or "E-12" 120 volt Christmas light bulb is this size.

You cannot simply buy another bulb that fits in the socket. You must get the bulb voltage and current rating correct when replacing these bulbs. Otherwise they (or some) will burn out quickly. Usually you cannot mix and match different shaped bulbs in the same fixture or circuit.

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Just found another size, E11 or mini-candelabra. It may be 120 volts or low voltage. Bulbs including E-11 and E-12 rated at the full 120 volts may be mixed and matched limited only by fixture wattage and socket wattage.

How many bulbs are in the fixture? Does the fixture have a wall wart or other separate power supply to provide low voltage to the bulbs?

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Old 11-01-16, 05:58 AM
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Bulbs including E-11 and E-12
The numbers such as 11 or 12 refer to the base diameter in millimeters.

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