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Post# 1158739   9/5/2022 at 13:51 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

A few weeks ago, there was an old floor lamp for $12.99

It had the mogul socket in center with white glass bowl over it, and the 3 smaller sockets on arms around it. It also had a marble looking insert on the base, which I believe was a night light, as there was a push button switch on the base next to it.

I saw it a couple of times when I went there but kept deciding I didn't need it. It was painted an icky beige color that I don't believe was original. I wish now I hadn't passed it up.

Another thrift store near me has a similar lamp, except it's bronze in color and there is no night light nor marble insert in the base. They want $35.

This weekend I went to a flea market and saw another one, this one was a brassy color and was missing the glass bowl on the inner socket. It had a sort of wrong iron pattern in the base but I couldn't tell if there was a light there or not, but no switch was on the base. I didn't see a price and didn't ask for it.

I really think these lamps are interesting but I'd love to see another with the night light feature. I'm still disappointed in myself in passing up the first one, especially given the price.

Usually I didn't pay much attention to lamps but I have been on the lookout for older ones lately.

Post# 1158779 , Reply# 1   9/5/2022 at 18:53 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The mogul base bulbs were high wattage. I don't know if you can find bulbs for that socket anymore. I had one of those more than 50 years ago that friends gave me when they moved. It even still had the shade, but the fluting around the base of the column had some damage. They could really light up a room or at least the corner of one. They used it in their large Florida Room to bounce light off the ceiling.

On theirs, I think I remember that the switch on the base was on/off, not for a night light, so you did not have to reach up under the shade each time once you had the switch that controlled which bulbs you wanted to light up pre-set.

Post# 1158804 , Reply# 2   9/5/2022 at 20:18 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I have a couple floor lamps. One uses the 3-way mogul base bulb, and it originally had 3 candle lamps surrounding, but I removed them after it got knocked over, breaking one. It has a beige-gold painted finish, which is original. The other lamp uses a standard base bulb, and has a swing arm. It is a bronze finish, and is my favorite. Neither has a night light on the base.

The 3-way mogul base bulbs are 100-200-300 watts. I saw Sylvania brand bulbs of that type in Menard's not too long ago. They also sell adapters for them, so as to use a standard base bulb. The marble looking stone used for the night light bases is usually alabaster, which is translucent. A good number of years ago I repaired an unusual floor lamp for someone, that had the night light feature. What was unique was that instead of the large center lamp, it used a Circline florescent lamp, and had surrounding candles. The ballast was in the base. It had been made sometime in the 40's.

Post# 1158880 , Reply# 3   9/6/2022 at 10:55 by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        
Id love to see a photo of that

Because I think it would look pretty cool having a circular fluorescent tube in it

Post# 1158920 , Reply# 4   9/6/2022 at 18:39 by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

I have a couple of lamps like that from my grandparents. No alabaster night light in the base, though. Getting them out of storage and fixing them up is one of many things on my to-do list.......

Post# 1158927 , Reply# 5   9/6/2022 at 19:30 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
Circline floor lamp

After seeing pictures, I must have been wrong about the florescent lamp being used instead of the mogul lamp. Rather, the Circline florescent was in place of the 3 candle lamps. When I thought about when I fixed that lamp, I realized it was sometime in the late 70's - about 45 years ago!

The lamp I worked on was similar to those in the picture.


Post# 1159013 , Reply# 6   9/7/2022 at 19:27 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        
Circline bulbs

I have seen in pictures a version similar to that, except instead of the Circline fluorescent tube surrounding the mogul socket/glass refractor, it had one fluorescent tube on each side of it.

Post# 1159091 , Reply# 7   9/8/2022 at 21:57 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

I had seen the GE mogul 3 way bulbs at Lowes maybe a year or so ago. For some reason Habitat ended up with a bunch of them so I think Lowes might have stopped selling them. Didn't have any such lamps at the time or interest so did not buy any.

I've seen the mogul to medium adapters too at Home Depot, but not sure if these will still enable the 3 way bulb to work correctly or not.

Post# 1159106 , Reply# 8   9/9/2022 at 03:58 by SudsMaster (California)        

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I've got about five floor lamps in my living room. The four most useful ones have standard bulb sockets. I have two of those on a wall switch which is very convenient. These all early 21st century numbers. Then there's the antique floor lamp; can't remember where I got that one from, but it's pretty elegant. Mogul socket, three-way, which I've replaced with an LED bulb plus adapter just because. If there is an LED 3-way bulb with a mogul base, please let me know.

Update: found one through Google. Link below:


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Post# 1159126 , Reply# 9   9/9/2022 at 10:05 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

We also had a floor lamp that had an unusual switching arrangement. There wasn't a turn-knob switch on the socket as is usually seen. Instead, the lamp was operated by turning the outer portion of the column shaft, which was connected to a gear setup in the base. This gear then operated the multi position switch located there. This of course required 3 wires between the switch and the mogul socket, to operate the 3-way bulb.

Eventually something went wrong (I think the switch) and I couldn't find the right part, so I spliced the wires so that it would operate at the full 300 watts. I installed a cord switch to turn on and off.

This lamp is something my parents bought in the early 50's. I still have it, but haven't used it in a long time.

Mogul base bulbs were commonly used in higher wattage ceiling fixtures, such as those seen in schools, department stores, and offices before the introduction of florescent fixtures. Some used 3-way bulbs, but most were one wattage, usually 300 or 500.

Post# 1159191 , Reply# 10   9/10/2022 at 00:18 by SudsMaster (California)        

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Like I said, I did find some mogul LED 3-way bulbs, but they are fairly pricey. Like over $40 each. I'm getting by OK with a Mogul to standard adapter. The hitch there is that it doesn't transmit the 3-way signals. I suppose I could get creative and make my own mogul to standard adapter that does transmit the three way signals. That could be an interesting project, providing nobody has done the same. I certainly couldn't find anything like that on-line. It might not be feasible, for all I know. And I have other things to worry about. LOL. And no, I don't want to replace the mogul socket on the antique lamp with a standard 3 way socket. That would just be so wrong.

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