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Re: Did you get them directly from Lighting Technologies?
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Posted by juanm [Email] (#201) [Profile/Gallery] (more from juanm) on Fri, 21 Feb 2020 12:29:19 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Did you get them directly from Lighting Technologies?, Brian, Sun, 8 Jul 2007 03:15:04
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I just posted this in the Sonett forum ... I know it is too late for this 13 year old discussion however.

Instrument Gauge Lighting & Bulbs

I was searching for the replacement bulbs for the VDO instrument gauges in my 1974 Sonett. I have learned It is a “T-1 3/4 bulb”.

I had checked many different on-line sources and the major on-line & storefront auto supply shops. I always got incorrect or conflicting information and/or they gave me bulbs that didn’t fit.

I have finally found the correct bulb AND I found it locally. I stopped into Artie’s Auto Parts store in Warren RI and I asked Artie “Do you have any of these?” I pointed to the bulb from my combination meter. He replied “ How many do you want?” It was that simple. He brought me a box of ten and I bought it — after trying them in the connectors that plug into the Combo gauge.

What I got was a Wagner product. it is a “Miniature Lamp” model 74. There is also one other id number on the box 19220.


A “T” type bulb is a miniature Tubular-shaped bulb. The number following the bulb provides the diameter of the bulb in 1/8-inch increments, so a T-1 bulb is one 1/8 in diameter (i.e. 1/8-inch)

The bulb in the Sonett (and 96) are 3/4-inch in length.

The bulb is then referred to as a T-1 3/4 bulb.

The Sonett bulb also has a wedge base or bottom.

You need to know all this to get the right bulb.


See here on how to measure miniature bulbs
https://www.bulbtown.com/T_1_3_4_Miniature_Bulbs_s/859.htm

Or specific to the T-1 3/4 Tubular wedge bulb — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X67GPBgPI4

#74 bulbs

Wegner 74 bulb
https://drivcat.com/overlays/part-detail.aspx?brandId=WL&pNum=74&partType=Light%20Bulb%20-%20Multi-Purpose

I paid $0.84 per bulb and bought 10 bulbs.
Bulb Town (see above link) has a #74 bulb for $0.19 each!!

Now to try to find some LED equivalents.


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