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 Are original Radio globes still available?
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 11:18:14 AM on 23 February 2019.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Albury, NSW
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Yesterday I was given a plastic bag full of old Radio Globes!
And I also was given a large bag of original old fuses, glass and some with the paper inserts inside the glass.
Its all old.
Are globes still Available? When I have needed them in the past I just would take one out of a non working unit so I dont know if they are available still?
Pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 11:22:35 AM on 23 February 2019.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Are globes still Available?

Yes: https://www.jaycar.com.au/6-3v-miniature-edison-screw-globe/p/SL2654

I sometimes use 12 volts bulbs instead to reduce the heat and lengthen the life:

https://www.jaycar.com.au/12v-miniature-edison-screw-globe/p/SL2656


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 11:23:15 AM on 23 February 2019.
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Many low voltage screw fitting light globes are still manufactured... 6.3v & 2.5v still available from many shops (jaycar, altronics etc)


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 11:24:05 AM on 23 February 2019.
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 11:29:41 AM on 23 February 2019.
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 GTC
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That said, I don't expect them to remain in the local catalogues forever (WES being a possible exception). Would be interesting to know the sales volume.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 11:33:03 AM on 23 February 2019.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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Ok, thanks all, well I wont be needing any for a very long time now.
But I just didnt know if they were available.
Good to have a bag of them anyway!
Thanks pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 11:35:26 AM on 23 February 2019.
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Good to have a bag of them anyway!

Yep, saves a trip.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 12:32:22 PM on 23 February 2019.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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I also got a roll of that very good quality vintage speaker wire from the 1960s. Heavy gauge!


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 2:30:16 PM on 24 February 2019.
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I recall that back in the 1970s on Pitt Street in Sydney there was an electrics/electronics shop that had a huge range of parts including all sorts of globes. It is long gone now but when I was wandering around London mid last year I came across three similar shops (not Maplin = the old Dick Smith type place). Naturally I went into each shop and drooled when I saw what items they had in stock. In particular each shop had a full range of brand new incandescent globes ES and bayonet from 1.2V miniature up to 220/230V AC types. I had not seen most of these since the late 1970s. There were also all sorts of LED types that I did not known existed. This showed me that there is a lot of the old type parts still being made and readily available in Europe. However for reasons unknown none of these are available for sale in Australia.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 4:06:49 PM on 24 February 2019.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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Oh yes Australia is like a big Island and there are so many things you can not get here or get involved in unfortunately.
If they are here the price is through the roof!!!
I use to restore cars and motorcycles for a job and it was the same back then , It all comes in from overseas. Cant get it here and if you can its gold plated! $$$.
The Eastern block in Europe is full of old stuff and electronics, They even opened up old factories and started making it again there. I bought some Makita parts there !
I have old drill thats worth about 350 and the trigger died and thats where I found one!


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 4:10:46 PM on 24 February 2019.
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The 240V MES and MBC (BA7/9) cap globes are mainly for switchboards and control panels. If you install one of these now it'll come with LED indicator/status lights but as soon as ten years ago they were still being fitted with mains-rated globes.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 5:33:17 PM on 24 February 2019.
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in the 1970s on Pitt Street in Sydney

Sounds like Radio House, who were at 306-308 Pitt St, down near the tall Telecom building They used to stock all sorts of rare items and their window looked like a time warp, but they charged like the proverbial wounded bull. Radio House was my last resort if I could not find what I was looking for at George Brown or Radio Despatch.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 7:19:32 PM on 24 February 2019.
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 Location: Canberra, ACT
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Yes thank you GTC it was Radio House! I had forgotten the name but not the window display. As you say the place was expensive but if you needed the part then you just had to pay.

I will be going back to London in October this year so another visit to one or more of those shops is very likely. I will have worked out my shopping list by then.


 
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