Different size E12 candelabra bulb bases


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Old 06-03-20, 06:05 PM
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Different size E12 candelabra bulb bases

In my ongoing quest to replace all my incandescent bulbs with LEDs, I bought a 10-pack of these candelabra bulbs with the E12 base (online, so I didn't eyeball them first).

But the new bulbs' bases are too long and protrude from my fixture. See the new bulb on the left and the old bulb on the right. The new ones just look ugly sticking out from the socket, when candle bulbs are supposed to be decorative.

When is an E12 not an E12? Is there some way to tell what the length of the base is going to be? I couldn't find a specification for that. Am I reduced to trial and error to find bulbs that fit right?
 
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Old 06-03-20, 06:19 PM
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That large base is where the low voltage power supply is to run the bulb.
It looks like the standard looking bulb base is only available with very low wattage bulbs.
E12 low wattage candelabra
 
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Old 06-03-20, 06:43 PM
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It looks like the standard looking bulb base is only available with very low wattage bulbs.
That's interesting. I would think more electronics would be needed to reduce the power more.

My incandescents are 40w and these ugly LEDs are 6w @ 550 lumens. The ones in your link (thank you for that) are only 0.6w @ 40 lumens, so not nearly bright enough. These are meant for a bathroom, where brightness and esthetics both count.
 
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I think the answer is to replace the white plastic tubes with longer ones. The existing ones are very brittle and need replacement anyway.

https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Hobb...dp/B01D1NPLOC/
 
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Hi, not sure those tubes will work, the bulbs will still be to high ,which bulb are you planning on using?
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Old 06-04-20, 06:13 AM
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The E12 designation applies only to the screw threaded part of the lamp bulb base, specifically the diameter in millimeters of that part.
In your case the bulb did screw into the socket and light up, no?
 
 

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