Light Bulb Auction Archives (under construction)

This section is meant to give the non-collector a quick glimpse on the kinds of collectible light bulbs that can be found, as well as provide a basic idea as to which bulbs are rare finds and which are common finds, and their value to a potential buyer. Nearly all of the bulbs shown here were bought/sold on auction websites. If you would like to know more about a particular bulb, feel free to send me a message.

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Most-Common Old Light Bulbs

The following bulbs are very common finds. Unless you have several of them, many of these will cost more to ship individually to a buyer than what they're worth (or about the same). Others are hardly ever purchased for any amount (examples: flashbulb cartons, giant 1000 Watt/300 Watt bulbs). And a few sell fairly well, despite being so abundant (examples: GE Deluxe GA-50, Aerolux neon glow flower bulbs, C6 christmas lights). Click or tap on an image to see a full-size view:

1910's tipped and 1920's tipless Edison Mazda 40w or 50w light bulbs with uncoiled tungsten cage filaments
1900s anchored double loop carbon filament light bulbs 16cp 110v
Varicare, nalco, munder, or thermolite therapeutic carbon heat bulbs 260 Watt
Giant clear 1000 Watt coiled tungsten filament light bulbs
1930's coiled tungsten streetlighting light bulbs, 300 Watt
Mercury vapor streetlighting bulbs
1000 Watt Airway Beacon or motion picture projection bulbs, with mogul bi-post base
Recycled Mazda carbon light bulbs
Round 1000 Watt coiled tungsten floodlight bulbs
Antique automotive headlight bulbs
Cartons of old clear flashbulbs
1950's GE Deluxe GA-50, yellow mushroom-like 50 Watt bulbs
Aerolux cheer lights neon & argon figural flower glow bulbs, New York 2-3 Watt 110 Volt
GE C6 christmas tree lamps light bulbs

Highly Collectible Light Bulbs

There are many more of these and so this is just a small sample, but, the following light bulbs are very, very desirable to collectors:

C.1881 very early edison madake bamboo filament light bulb with early plaster ring and copperplated clamps nov-2020
C.1880s Bernstein Heisler light bulb with transparent blue glass stem nov-2020
16cp 110v narrow neck New Type Edison Lamp light bulb with bamboo filament, Patented Jan 27 1880 mar-2019
1888 ruby red new type edison bamboo filament light bulb 10cp aug-2018
1880's solid brass based TH Thomson-Houston New Type Edison light bulb, in rare ruby red jan-2005
Bamboo filament frosted edison light bulb with smooth brass Thomson-Houston or Edison base
1890's brass thomson-houston carbon hairpin filament light bulb with EDISON'S PATENTS label may-2018
1880's Hiram Maxim cardboard filament light bulb, hookeye base jun-2005
1880's swan light bulb large size sep-2018
1880's weston light bulb with tamadine filament may-2005
1884 edward weston tamadine filament bulb with united states base sep-2006
1885 rare Bernstein horseshoe filament series light bulb with Heisler plug base, teal glass stem 5amp 20cp found in NY home dec-2019
1890 Huge Antique Hugh Hicks Museum Packard Mogul Light Bulb 500cp in Original Shipping Crate mar-2019
1880s large sawyer-man electric co. dual filament factory light bulb extremely rare feb-2019
1890's brush-swan light bulb, wood ins. sep-2018
400w, 500w, and 600w large round tipped light bulb with mogul base and uncoiled tungsten cage filament
C.1889 sawyer-man patents light bulb, 16cp carbon hairpin filament, rare wood-insulated edison base apr-2018
C.1895 cobalt blue new type edison light bulb with plaster ins. 16cp 112v oct-2003
Colored glass shelby mushroom shape carbon filament light bulbs, especially tipless versions with porcelain insulation
Early Phelps HYLO string-less rare ruby red dual filament carbon light bulb 1-16cp Detroit Michigan USA oct-2018
Red fiber T-H Thomson-Houston carbon filament light bulb, ruby red jun-2004
Emerald green carbon hairpin filament light bulb with TH Thomson-Houston base jan-2019
Gilmore reflector or bernstein lowatt light bulb with concave mirror inside
Gilmore Special Roller Coaster Carbon Filament Light Bulb
Large round tipped edison patents light bulb with carbon hairpin filament in crate oct-2018
Rare 1893 Novak hairpin filament Light Bulb with Mather-Perkins base 32cp with label mar-2019
Rare edison mazda series streetlighting light bulb 7.5A 200cp mogul base, works, marked 1914 aug-2016
Schaefer based American Electric Co. of St. Louis edison era light bulb with wood ins., carbon filament may-2018
Tantalum cage filament light bulbs
The Sunshine Zig-Zag carbon filament Bunnell Light Bulb with Edison Base feb-2020
C.1903 albert miller patents renewable carbon filament light bulb with edison base apr-2018
Rare westinghouse stopper carbon filament light bulb, glue-sealed envelope may-2005
Aerolux New York Reddy Kilowatt Figural Neon Light Bulb sep-2019

Odd Light Bulbs

Some of the weirdest bulbs I've come across:

Dutch HOLLITE bulb with bayonet base [1]
French ETOILE HYDRA bulb, bayonet-based [1] [2] [3]
Very odd projection bulb, bi-post base [1]
Extremely odd bulb with vent tubes on sides [1] (Perhaps one of these?)
1900's Westinghouse pin-base bulb, with black glass insulation! [1]