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Christmas Figural Lamps

Christmas Figural Lamps

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This set dates back to the 50's or early 60's and has been in the family for as long as I can remember. It comprises of sixteen 15v lamps wired in series for 240v. The lamps are made of milk glass externally painted. Some lamps may be original to the set but I have been able to get some via Ebay to get the set working again. On some lamps the paint had almost completely worn off and these have been re-painted with model aircraft paint, sometimes having to improvise the colours as there was no reference left. Some lamps contain a shunting device so that if one burns out, the others remain alight. On the plus side you can easily locate the E.O.L. lamp. On the negative side it puts more strain on the remaining lamps as the voltage is increased. To preserve the lamps I soft-start them on a dimmer and don't run them at full power.

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Light Information

Light Information

Manufacturer:Star Light. The factory probably also made them under different brand names.
Lamp
Lamp Type:Incandescent
Base:E10
Shape/Finish:Figurals
Fixture
Location:Sydney
Electrical
Voltage:240 (sixteen 15v lamps in series)
Physical/Production
Factory Location:Japan
Application/Use:Christmas decoration

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Mercurylamps
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Dec 18, 2015 at 06:10 AM Author: Mercurylamps
Wow, these are interesting! Only the Japanese would do something so elegant in design to lamps, even if they are Christmas lights.
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Dec 18, 2015 at 06:22 AM Author: rjluna2
Nice collection you have here I only have one in my collection posted at Old C6 Christmas Lights in the Brown Shoebox.

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Dec 18, 2015 at 05:04 PM Author: rapidstart
Thanks. Glad you like them

When the figural lamps became unavailable, we were able to keep the set running with some what I call "acorn" shaped lamps (sort of flame or candle shape). I was really pleased be be able to get some original working figural lamps via Ebay to restore the set to almost original. Some of the lamps are different to what was originally in the set but as they say, beggars can't be choosers!

It's good that you have an example of these lamps in your collection, Robert.

If these are C6 base I need to update the file info as I wasn't sure.
Neil

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Dec 18, 2015 at 06:19 PM Author: rjluna2
The one I have are Miniature Edison Screw (E10), probably yours are the same base style.

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Dec 18, 2015 at 08:55 PM Author: xmaslightguy
Awesome set of lights!
I've never seen them in person, but I know those figure bulbs existed.

My dad said when he was a kid, they had them. And when bulbs burned out, they were kept & hung on the tree like ornaments.

Colored Fluorescent's such as F40T12 Red or  Green or Blue are awesome...

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Dec 18, 2015 at 10:46 PM Author: rapidstart
Thanks.
I remember my mother would hang the burnt out ones on the tree as ornaments.
Don't know what ever happened to them.

There is a way to carefully open up the glass envelope and insert a small bulb thus re-lamping them in a way. My brother and I have attempted it but it's very fiddly process.

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