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Netdewt 21st February 2012 10:34 PM

Love this lamp, where to get a bulb like this?

Anyone know where to get a bulb like this? This is a "designer" lamp that costs $200, but I want to make one!

Pano 21st February 2012 10:36 PM

Check or some of the other light bulb sites. They usually carry this under "Retro" or Edison. I've even seen them at my local Lowes hardware store.
EDIT: Here you go.

jrenkin 21st February 2012 10:40 PM

Perma Glow L27806P 6 Historic Reproduction Squirrel Filament Bulbs

Just google "Filament light bulbs.

6 for $55 you SHOULD make many of these and sell them for $100. You would still make a mint. Crazy over priced, unless that is some fancy wood...

hybridspl 21st February 2012 11:30 PM

Home Depot stocks them now too.

geraldfryjr 22nd February 2012 07:23 AM

I got mine at the Edison Museum in Fort Meyers Florida !!!

jer :)

merlin2069er 22nd February 2012 07:44 AM

yeah, neat bulb. Kind of reminds me of this ...

Mad Scientists Light

Netdewt 22nd February 2012 11:54 AM

Thanks for the ideas. The description of the item was Edison bulb, walnut base, toggle switch (ooh fancy!), and a cloth cord.


I'll need to find a nice ceramic base too.

Enzo 23rd February 2012 12:43 AM

It is amazing what Home Depot or a well stocked hardware store will have. Decorative bulbs are popular, and if they don;t have what you want, visit a lighting store. I never thought of porcelain lamp sockets as hard to find. If you are googling, try porcelain rather than ceramic.

pski 23rd February 2012 12:52 AM


Originally Posted by Netdewt (

Anyone know where to get a bulb like this? This is a "designer" lamp that costs $200, but I want to make one!

Antique Thomas Edison Light Bulbs for Vintage Lamps - Flickering Light Bulbs is similar if less sloppy.


RankineCycle 1st March 2012 05:52 PM

My version of "Mad Scientist" light
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I bought similar bulbs at the local Lowes. They look really nice when dimmed and will probably last a very long time.

About a year ago I built two of these lights, not sure of the cost but probably about $25-30 a piece in parts:

The clear disks are those "protector disks" from bulk packages of recordable CDs. These were found in a dumpster at a printing shop and inspired the design.

A custom circular PCB in the base holds a series string of 11 ultraviolet LEDs in the base, powered by a 0.47 uF X-class capacitor ballast and bridge rectifier off the AC line. In real-life the light is more violet-colored and activates fluorescent materials.

Steel conduit and a low-profile fixture box forms the center post and bottom for the ceramic socket. The ceramic socket is dimmable by a dissected and slimmed-down $6 Lutron rotary dimmer in the base enclosure. The base enclosure is made from a 1.5 inch long piece of 4 in. sch. 40 PVC pipe.

The spacers between the disks are made from 3/4 inch sch. 40 PVC pipe, painted matte black.

The wood base is finished oak.

The power cords (not visible) are made from twisted 16 AWG hookup wire and have old-looking rubber aftermarket plugs for a vintage look. I was going to buy wire with a cloth covering but it cost $1.40 per foot and didn't feel like waiting and paying as much in shipping as for the wire itself. So 14 cent/ft PVC insulated hookup wire twisted and it looks pretty good. Of course there is a 2 A fuse stuffed in there as well.

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