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Old 09-13-2017, 09:17 PM   #1
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What's This Bulb?


Alright. So after years in this house one of these recessed lights in the living room goes out. I go up to take a closer look at what I thought was just a fluorescent tube when I once upon a time took a quick look. And I find this bulb that I don't recognize. I don't even know how to pull it out of the holder. Anyone know what this is called?

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Hard to tell but I recall growing up we had an undercounter light that looked like a fluorescent but was actually incandescent - I think it was called 'lumiglow' or something. Going on some pretty old memory here.
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I too remember those old tube style incandesants,
The only reference i can find to them are 240v versions.
They are called "architectural tubes or lamps"
https://www.lampco.co.uk/collections...tectural-tubes
this site is in the UK but you can see whats available.
You will probably want a 120v version.
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Replace it with an LED fixture.
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Replace it with an LED fixture.
I'm actually in the process of doing that in my basement and garage. Right now, I just really don't feel like doing the research and would rather just fix the bulb. These are very soft accent lights that sit in a channel on either side or our living room. They're just the right color light for their purpose. Plus, we're talking two bulbs out of eight. So right now would rather replace.

But right now? I can't even figure out how to take the bulb out.
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I right now? I can't even figure out how to take the bulb out.
If you look at the illustrations in https://www.lampco.co.uk/collections...tectural-tubes you should see that these tubes have two tubular or flat connections which just pull out of a connecting socket near each end.
These connections may be referred to as "Pegs".

You may care to try some "soft leverage" near each of these connections, using something like a wooden or plastic flat kitchen spatula, padded (if necessary) with something like a kitchen sponge.
When you do remover it you may find a part number and manufacturers name written on the unseen rear of the tube.

I have replaced a similar lamp with a LED replacement which was made to fit the same sockets. However, this was obtained from Europe and was for 230 V - which suited me but won't suit you.

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Thanks. I'll give it a shot. I pulled on them a little, but nothing moved. Not knowing the mechanism I was concerned I just shatter something. Most often my rules is that if something is too hard to undo or otherwise is getting forced, chances are you're doing something wrong. Not always. Some stuff has to just "snap" together sometimes. But until I know that, I'd prefer to have a "what is this" problem vs. a "oh crap, where can I get a replacement for the part I just destroyed."
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OK. It took some gentle pulling. Then a bit stronger. Luckily it didn't break. But the end result? It's an OSRUM Linestra bulb. And they're expensive. It seems they're up to $50 each. Which is... a lot for a freakin' light bulb. Fortunately, you can find knockoffs for 1/2 as much. The lifetime rating of the cheaper versions is 1,000 hours instead of 2,000, but for me these are occasional use accent lights anyway so won't be used that much.

Here's what the rest looked like:


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OK. It took some gentle pulling. Then a bit stronger. Luckily it didn't break. But the end result? It's an OSRUM Linestra bulb. And they're expensive. It seems they're up to $50 each. Which is... a lot for a freakin' light bulb. Fortunately, you can find knockoffs for 1/2 as much. The lifetime rating of the cheaper versions is 1,000 hours instead of 2,000, but for me these are occasional use accent lights anyway so won't be used that much.
I note that there is a LED replacement available (https://www.replacementlightbulbs.com/lampli150t10.html) but it is $42
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