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NOS Thorn EMI Pygmy SBC Lightbulbs

NOS Thorn EMI Pygmy SBC Lightbulbs

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Surprise! I knew I had seen them some time ago. A box card still with its original tape around it. And recently, just before ordering some of this kind of lamp to replace a burnt out lamp in a picture light, I found them well stored and nearly forgotten.

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Manufacturer:Thorn EMI
Model Reference:Clear Pygmy Sign SBC
Lamp
Lamp Type:Incandescent
Filament/Radiator Type:Single coil
Base:SBC (B15, Ba15d)
Shape/Finish:Pygmy clear
Electrical
Wattage:25
Voltage:200-250
Physical/Production
Factory Location:England

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Dec 26, 2019 at 07:13 AM Author: rjluna2
Nice find

Seems to be popular small bulb in Europe and elsewhere compared to these Feit Electric 4 Watts C7 Incandescent Light Bulbs which it is in my collection can be found throughout North American continent.

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Mainly the electrical side of things


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Dec 26, 2019 at 08:05 AM Author: sox35
I love pygmy lamps, the older ones have a nice shape, new ones aren't the same.

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Dec 26, 2019 at 08:21 AM Author: James
Indeed this is a really classic old British lamp, from the 1980s. They had an intelligent shape, being slightly conical. The European versions from Philips and Osram had plain cylindrical bulbs and those require complex vacuum or spring-loaded grippers to hold the bulbs over the filaments on the sealing machines. The conical British bulbs could simply be dropped under gravity into a similarly conical cast iron cradle to support the open bulb over the filament, always perfectly aligned. This allowed the equipment to be simplified and run much faster and made the British lamps rather more competitive. So its no surprise to see some of them turning up in Austria

The American C7 has a similarly intelligent bulb shape but I think cannot be made up to 25W like these.
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Dec 26, 2019 at 08:40 AM Author: rjluna2

The American C7 has a similarly intelligent bulb shape but I think cannot be made up to 25W like these.

The only hottest C7 bulb I could find are the 15 Watts version. I have ScentSationals Amber 15 Watt Warmer Bulbs in my collection.

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Better Dead than LED!


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Dec 26, 2019 at 08:52 AM Author: LAllenLighting
I have a couple but in small screw thread.
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This is still a CFL- and LED-free zone!


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Dec 26, 2019 at 11:34 AM Author: Headgardener

Indeed this is a really classic old British lamp, from the 1980s. They had an intelligent shape, being slightly conical. The European versions from Philips and Osram had plain cylindrical bulbs and those require complex vacuum or spring-loaded grippers to hold the bulbs over the filaments on the sealing machines. The conical British bulbs could simply be dropped under gravity into a similarly conical cast iron cradle to support the open bulb over the filament, always perfectly aligned. This allowed the equipment to be simplified and run much faster and made the British lamps rather more competitive. So its no surprise to see some of them turning up in Austria

The American C7 has a similarly intelligent bulb shape but I think cannot be made up to 25W like these.


We had to buy them in the UK. Bayonet caps are most exotic an only used in cars, public transport or sewing machines. Only E27 and E14 are standard here.
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