I can't seem to find a consistent answer. I see so-called 'standard' bulb
bases called both E26 and E27, and I'd really like to know if they are one
and the same. The reason? I see fixtures advertised with one or the other
type socket. I have googled myself blue, and stood in the lighting dept at
Home Depot for half an hour on Sunday. Of course, the kid working lighting
that day had no clue.
Bulb packages say things like 'candelabra' base, or 'intermediate' base or
'standard' base, no E26 or E27. Yet, try to buy a fixture on Ebay, and it
will require either E26 or E27.
Which is it to be?
E 26 AND E27 ARE INTERCHANGEABLE , ACTUALLY E26 AND E27 DENOTES DIAMETER OF
BULB FITTING THREAD AS 26 MM AND 27 MM RESPECTIVELY.
E26 BULB ARE USED IN US AND CANADA WHILE E27 ARE USED IN EUROPE.
HOPE I HAVE CLARIFIED.
In my experience, having lived in both Germany and the US, they are not the
same. They are a millimeter different.
E27 bulbs (German) worked fine in our E26 (US) fixtures. But the reverse w
as not always true. I have a couple of German lamps that do not reliably t
urn on with a US bulb. Sometimes US bulbs fit, sometimes not. The manufac
turing variation is apparently enough to allow some but not all US E26 bulb
s to work in E27 fixtures. I do not recall ever having an E27 bulb not wor
k in an E26 fixture.
Yes, I know bulb is an incorrect term, but I stayed with the terms of this
And yes, I know voltage is different, but that's easily solved.
An E27 socket is probably rated for at least 220VAC that many countries use and
certainly would be adequate for the 110VAC in the US. E26 sockets are rated for
the lower 110VAC US standard. The diameters of the bulb sockets are 26 and 27
millimeters (for E26 and E27) which are "close enough for government work" (i.e.
On Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:20:56 -0800 (PST), Uncle Monster
That strikes me as rather strange, since American bulbs are E26
(small) and Euro bulbs are E27 (large). I could see you having trouble
putting E27 Euro 240 bulbs into American E26 sockets - THAT would make
sense. And those "american" bulbs would be 120 volts too.
An e26 bulb in an E27 socket should go in like butter - but once
tightened the threads could ride up a bit, making them a bit ornery
about coming back out.
On Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 5:38:30 PM UTC-5, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
We took American E26 lamps to Germany and bought E27 German bulbs. The power was 240 and 50 Hz. The German bulbs worked fine in the lamps. Of course the plug needed an adapter but those were cheap.
We brought a German E27 lamp back and used it in the US with US E26 bulbs. I cut the plug off and put a US plug on. About half the US E26 bulbs won't work in the German lamp. But apparently there's enough manufacturing variability some of them will.
Here's a good graphic, ignore the text:
I just reminded myself that when I first moved to Red Sox Nation in the
1950s I discovered that the "standard looking" incandescents used for
interior lighting in the subway cars had left handed threads.
DAMHIKT, but they were that way to discourage "bulb snatching".
And they still make them:
go there and check out
it says e26/e27 that means the just are call'd diffrent in USA than
had the same problem :D
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