MINIATURE LIGHT BULBS

Miniature Light Bulbs

Miniature light bulbs are bulbs smaller than the standard incandescent or compact fluorescent light bulbs commonly used in light fixtures. The bulbs come in several shapes and sizes. One common bulb shape for miniature bulbs is the conical shape, like those decorative, often colorful ones on a string of holiday lights. Other typical shapes include tubular bulbs and globe-shaped bulbs. The base of a miniature light bulb also varies in design. Some have grooves that allow the bulb to be screwed into place, like a smaller version of a standard household light bulb. Alternatively, miniature bulbs may have a wedge-shaped base, a bullet-shaped base, a pin base or a base with wire leads.

Miniature light bulbs have many important uses other than decoration. For example, they are used in flashlights, and for colored indicator lights on important machinery, such as medical monitors and industrial equipment. In addition, automobiles rely on these small light bulbs for illuminating the dashboard, headlights, taillights and the license plate. Aside from shape, color and use, miniature bulbs are categorized according to volts. Most flashlight bulbs are under 10 volts, but bulbs for machinery range from low volt to higher voltages, depending on the type of bulb and the function.

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