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Glimmer Lamps

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"Glimmer Lamps", these were another link between the large C6 / C7 / C9 lights and the newer miniature lights. These used C6 sockets, but much smaller bulbs and more of them, about 1 watt at 8 volts each. These had shunts so the string wouldn't go dark if a bulb burned out, but bulbs tended to unscrew in the sockets. Everytime I pull the box out I generally have to go through and find the loose bulb to get it to light

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Dec 29, 2018 at 12:57 PM Author: takemorepills
I was gonna ask if these were E10 bases, which they are if they are same as C6.

I have several Renown C6 sets (now lamped with GE and Westinghouse) and I recognized the sockets, these Glimmer sockets are the same as the ones on my Renown C6 sets. I believe made in Japan.

This Christmas I decorated with my vintage and my modern sets, and I gotta say I like the sockets on the vintage sets better. I know the bulbs come loose in them easily, but the contact is so much more reliable. The full metal socket also has less friction than the modern plastic sockets, which only have a thin contact area that often has poor contact causing a bulb to not light unless fiddled with.

Basically, I have stringers that are 60+ years old, full metal socket, that work perfectly, and some sockets on my modern stringers are fussy.
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