I feel sure some of the older members of the group will know this one.
Do you remember as a kid that one could get a double adapter that fit
in a lampholder thus allowing you to run the radio off it as well as a
light. Can one still get these things and if so where.
Possibly your best bet is a junk basket at a car boot sale. I remember
there being two versions, one with two bc outlets and one with a bc
outlet and a five amp two pin outlet. This was in the days when earth
wires were for sissies
I remember in addition:
o two-way BC with unswitched straight down (or up) and the other
switched at about 45 degrees
o three-way BC unswitched - straight + 45 degrees either side
IIRC there were variations on the switching - sometimes a slide switch
and sometimes a cord pull
And why worry about earth when they made it so easy to have an
unswitched socket unoccupied and right by the switch for the lamp so
when feeling for the switch in the dark you learned that electricity can
do more than make the tongue tingle? (Mind you, we might have
proportionately more children interested in physics if we still had
sockets like that. Proportionately as it might be by dint of having
fewer children *not* able to learn the lesson.)
In article ,
They vanished from the market sometime around 1970.
This was due to a piece of legislation which required
electrical accessories to conform to relevant British
Standards (not sure which Act it was). The British
Standards did not include all these fancy variations
on things like basic lampholders. Some of these probably
could have been included -- it would have been up to
their manufacturers to do the technical work and lobby
for their inclusion, which they apparently did not think
was worth the effort.
Some of them can be found in other countries which use
B22d (BC) lampholders, such as Hong Kong, China. I did
see a BC plug in a shop a few years ago. I use an old
one of those to plug in some Christmas decorations in
my parents' house, so I bought it as a spare. It was
sold illegally, because it doesn't conform to the BS
for BC lampholders. It came from China, and wasn't
made to anything like the same quality as the old one
currently in use.
On Sat, 12 Jan 2008 08:28:49 -0800 (PST), email@example.com
I looked all over for same about 6 months ago - I was assured by the
shops I tried that they were no longer available.
(I'm not surprised, as never mind the radio, you could also run the
electric fire off them!!)
I concur with your logic!
I came across one recently when doing a sort-out, I used
it to power my photographic enlarger and the safe-light
in the pantry (our posh name for utility cupboard under the
We call the equivalent room in our current house the
larder, is that more or less pretentious I wonder?
I had a look for one of those a few months back. Could not
find one in the usual outlets. Perhaps it's possible to buy
them online or at a large electrical outlet?
Since these new low energy bulbs are so dim I had the
brainwave of using one of those adaptors so two such bulbs
could be run from a single light socket.
In article , Andrew Gabriel
(picking up on an old thread)
Came across this while looking for something else:
No BS is mentioned.
I hope these retaining pins really are not plastic. They certainly look