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Intresting lightbulb #190779 12/04/09 04:18 AM
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BrandonG Offline OP
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Hey all, been reading the forum for a while, Finally found a good reason to register.

I picked this up about 5 months ago in an antique shop in Oregon for about $2.

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Anyone ever seen anything like this before?

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Re: Intresting lightbulb [Re: BrandonG] #190789 12/04/09 09:36 PM
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HotLine1 Offline

Welcome to ECN! Jump in anytime with comments.

This is an interesting bulb! There was (may still be) a shop in New York City that was only a 'specialty' bulb store; they may have had something similar to this.

As to an intended use.....decorative would be my first guess, possibly in a keyless; or perhaps for a border. Is the wattage, or any info on the base by the screwshell?

Re: Intresting lightbulb [Re: HotLine1] #190793 12/04/09 10:11 PM
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renosteinke Offline
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My first guess is a 'bug light' for simple outdoor fixtures.

Re: Intresting lightbulb [Re: renosteinke] #190794 12/04/09 10:31 PM
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BrandonG Offline OP
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I managed to scrape away at the base with my finger and found this:

*unreadable* *unreadable*-japan 50W 123-130V

Re: Intresting lightbulb [Re: BrandonG] #190816 12/06/09 02:27 PM
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sparkyinak Offline
And he has a sense of humor. He will fit right in. Welcome to the board.

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Re: Intresting lightbulb [Re: sparkyinak] #190821 12/06/09 06:40 PM
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BrandonG Offline OP
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Thanks laugh I have a strange sense of humor though, so be warned

Re: Intresting lightbulb [Re: BrandonG] #190825 12/07/09 11:44 AM
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ghost307 Offline
When I was in college, our paper ran an imaginary ad from GE for their new "darkbulb".
It was made specifically for use in photo developing darkrooms.

Based on the basic principles of the physics of black holes, when swithed on it sucked up all light in the room.

Re: Intresting lightbulb [Re: ghost307] #190899 12/10/09 04:03 AM
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BrandonG Offline OP
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Ahh, I've heard similar to that... Lightbulbs are "darksuckers" or something.


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