Westclox Big Ben Dialite Question

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  1. wbranko

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    This clock has sentimental value for a customer...I know it is not a hot collectible, but for her it is important. The problem is that the light bulb is failing. This model (Dialite) had...go figure...a lighted dial! I have provided a photo of the current bulb. It seems to me this is a later replacement...probably not the original bulb. I could get a parts clock to replace the missing bulb base and put a new bulb in, or I could put in an LED bulb.

    Any thoughts on this? If I do put in an LED, anyone have a recommended bulb and source?

    Thanks!!!

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  2. Chris Radek

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    That's a neon bulb and resistor. The bulbs get darker over time, but this one doesn't look bad...?

    Either way, replace it with a new neon bulb, they are not hard to find at all, or it won't look right. Use a new resistor too, the old carbon composition resistors change value over time.
     
  3. wbranko

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    Chris,

    Thanks a million. I checked on-line and as you stated it IS a neon bulb...and they are easily and cheaply available. I have ordered the bulb and resistor, and am now waiting to install the new ones. I'm an electric clock newbie, and had never even heard of a neon light bulb. Thanks for taking the time to teach me about this. Your post was super-helpful!

    Bill
     
  4. Chris Radek

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    Awesome, I'm glad I could help. I have an old clock radio in my bathroom that has a neon bulb on the clock, and it's such a pleasant light at night.
     

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