Does anyone here know if you can get extensions for bayonet socket light
fittings? I just got some energy saving bulbs and after unpacking all of
them so that I couldn't take them back it was discovered that part of the
base of the bulbs got in the way of part of the socket by just a fraction!
Agh!! If I had something to extend the socket by about 1/2 an inch it would
I've been searching everywhere on the net, but even if they exist I don't
know what they're called. I've seen similar things on US pages called
"socket extenders", but nothing like them for the UK apart from BC to ES
Any help would really be appreciated.
The part that is in the way is the shade itself, that's why I thought some
kind of small socket extension would help. It wraps around the bayonet
socket. It looks like the shade is really for spotlights, but we've always
used small ordinary bulbs.
The lights look similar to this but are older.
You'll never do it mate. Any low energy lamp has a wide base to hold the
electronics, and they'll never fit in anything with that thin a shade. The
base of low energy lamps also get hot, and anything that helps hold that
heat in will also greatly reduce the life span of the lamp as well.
You could be right. They do the extenders in America though...
You can get ES (Eddison Screw) extenders in the UK as well, but they're
normally a special order item from merchants. I know, many years ago, you
could get BC (Bayonet Connector) extenders and doublers etc. But they fell
out of use when all the new styles of light fittings came in to fashion.
You may have some luck searching on the foreign sites, but I think they are
going to be few and far between.
My father had a look at them and discovered that the position was adjustable
enough to bring the socket forwards so the bulbs are finally in! :-) I'm
not sure what he did... I think he moved something attaching the lamp to the
lamp holder... I hope it doesn't fall off the ceiling next week and kill
me! :-) I'm bound to be walking under it if it's going to fall off! :-)
Thank you for helping with this problem anyway! :-)
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