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I have a house that dates about 1920 and this past weekend was digging out some flower beds near the driveway. I found this automotive bulb buried in the dirt. While I'm only short about two decades of full automotive production possibilities, the lens on this bulb appears to be plastic. So that helps to suggest the era at hand. Anyone ever seen this lightbulb and can identify the car it came from? I don't think it's recent. I also think that the ribbing that is molded into the lens as ornamentation was meant to be seen, so that might offer a clue on what it was for.
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Are you sure its automotive? With out a reference scale hard to tell but thinking flashlight/lantern bulb.


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If the globe is plastic as you stated then I'd doubt it is a common low voltage incandescent type bulb, like found in lanterns and flashlights.

Best guess is it's a Neon type, often found in older stereos and other items to light up the dial/displays.
I have replaced a few of them and they usually have those side flutes to help distribute the output more evenly across the area.
Most found in older foreign electronics are a smaller (9mm?) bayonet base ...

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Brian, I have some new "energy saving bulbs" in the house following a home energy audit. I am thinking about burrying them in the dirt. What kind of dirt works best?

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Brian, I have some new "energy saving bulbs" in the house following a home energy audit. I am thinking about burrying them in the dirt. What kind of dirt works best?
Tom, pardon my answering for Brian. I find that a good thick adobe clay works best. Unlike other bulbs in the garden, these should be planted at a depth of 8"-10" to keep them from finding daylight at anytime in the next 50 years. Good luck.
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Tom, pardon my answering for Brian. I find that a good thick adobe clay works best. Unlike other bulbs in the garden, these should be planted at a depth of 8"-10" to keep them from finding daylight at anytime in the next 50 years. Good luck.
Hahaha! Thanks.

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I've got a whole house full of the fancy new 'Eye-Straining' bulbs
Never needed glasses to read until we had to start buying these POS's
The 'old/BAD' bulbs are a thing of the past in Granolafornia

Luckily, I know someone that makes numerous trips to Texas every year - he even seems to have room to bring lots of stuff like this back
Just like my friend that's brings me freon from 'somewhere' south ... Although I'm now down to one vehicle that still needs the good stuff

Oh, and I would recommend a good Sandy-Loam for the best bulb propagation

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I thought so too but sylvania sells the old 100 watt bulb with a halogen build welded to the filament stock beneath the old glass globe. Best of both worlds.


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My biggest gripe is when I walk into a dark room and turn on the light expecting it to brighten, as it has for the past oh, the past 100 years(!), now I have to wait for the bulbs to fade up.

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I went LED white and bright but big $$$ for them. I got tired of the CF bulbs burning out every 6 months.
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BTW - no one still has actually named this bulb yet
Soooo - I'm naming it "Electra"

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Electra! What a pretty name for a lightbulb! Congratulations John!

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Hey guys sorry I've been away. Glad this post has provided some laughs. It seems automotive to me based on the two lugs at the bottom that are automotive style but the theory of it being a lantern battery is plausible. This bulb isn't too much larger than a quarter. I thought about including a quarter in the picture but didn't have one. (I own a Camaro)

My soil is a mix of topsoil, yellow clay, and fragments of bituminous coal. In the 1800s this area was strip mined. I find it very convenient for lightbulb burials as well as anything else ya need to bury quick

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