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Pifco Christmas Light Set Lamps

Christmas lighting sets designed by Pifco used their own range of dedicated lamps or bulbs.

First Generation Sets

The earliest lighting sets had a wide range of larger-sized bulbs. Several sets had their own specific bulbs, but model numbers were regularly recycled making it difficult to determine a definitive list.

Notable lamps from this era include:

ModelVoltageWattageFittingUsage
25720v Screw-inFor Lanternlites (1262) and Fairy Lights (1257)
26420v Screw-inStandard cone-shaped bulb for various sets of 12 lights

As a general-purpose lamp compatible with various sets by Pifco and other manufactures, type 264 remained on sale into the 1980s.

Second Generation

The more modern light sets of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s used a small range of standard lamps. Most lamps had a screw-in 'E5' base and these were sometimes referred to as 'Liliput lamps'. During the 1980s, more modern bulbs with a push-in fitting were introduced along with a few specialist designs for certain sets.

As was typical for light sets of the era, bulbs were wired in series across the mains supply. For example, a set of 12 lights used 12 × 20 volt bulbs giving a total 240 volts in line with the typical household electricity supply.

Type 242 replacement bulbs
ModelVoltageWattageFittingUsage
24120v Screw-in E5Standard sets of 12 lights
24212.5v or 13v Screw-in E5Standard sets of 20 lights
2437.2v or 7.5v Screw-in E5Standard sets of 35 lights
2443.6v or 3.8v Screw-in E5Standard sets of 70 lights
26512vScrew-inFor 20 Cone Lights set 1320
26612v2wScrew-inFor 20 Candle Lights set 1332
26712v3wScrew-in E10For multicolour outdoor 20 light set 1336
26812v3wScrew-in E10For clear outdoor 20 light set 1346
27112v1.1w / 0.85wPush-inStandard / fuse bulbs for later sets of 20 lights
2726v0.75w / 0.7wPush-inStandard / fuse bulbs for later sets of 40 lights
31414v2wScrew-in E5Ballast lamp for twinkling sets 1246 / 1266
3686.8v1wScrew-in E5Flashing lamp for twinkling sets 1246 / 1266

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Later Additions

As with other manufacturers, the 1990s saw a wider range of new designs and modern electronic light sets. This led to a variety of additional lamp types being introduced to cater for the needs of these different sets.

ModelVariantVoltageWattageFittingUsage
7851 1.5v0.3wPush-inVarious low voltage light sets - clear
7852 1.5v0.3wPush-inVarious low voltage light sets - coloured
7856Ballast10v0.95wPush-in40 coloured twinkling Mini Lights 2214
7856Flasher7v0.56wPush-in40 coloured twinkling Mini Lights 2214
7856Fuse10v0.8wPush-in40 coloured twinkling Mini Lights 2214
7857Ballast10v0.95wPush-in40 clear twinkling Mini Lights 2214
7857Flasher7v0.56wPush-in40 clear twinkling Mini Lights 2214
7857Fuse10v0.8wPush-in40 clear twinkling Mini Lights 2214
7858Ballast10v0.8wPush-in35 Random Twinkling Mini Lights
7858Flasher7v0.56wPush-in35 Random Twinkling Mini Lights
7858Fuse12v0.85wPush-in35 Random Twinkling Mini Lights
7859 2v0.8wPush-inFor 40 Low-Voltage Classic Lights 7366
7860 6v Push-inFor 40 Globe Lights set 7373
7861Ballast1.5v0.3wPush-inTwinkling Lights 7346 / 7348 - clear
7861Flasher3.5v0.7wPush-inTwinkling Lights 7346 / 7348 - clear
7862Ballast1.5v0.3wPush-inTwinkling Lights 7346 / 7348 - coloured
7862Flasher3.5v0.7wPush-inTwinkling Lights 7346 / 7348 - coloured
7863 2.5v0.11wPush-inClear bulbs for 30 Musical Lights 7372
7864 Screw-inFor 7-bulb candle bridge or candle tree
7865 2.5v0.5wPush-inFor set of 100 Net Lights 7315
7866 6v0.75wPush-inSelected sets of 40 lights - frosted gold variant of bulb 272
7867 6v0.75wPush-inSelected sets of 40 lights - frosted green variant of bulb 272
7868 6v0.75wPush-inSelected sets of 40 lights - frosted red variant of bulb 272
7869 4v0.72wPush-inFor Star Lights 7330 / Crystal Globes 7331
7870 3.5v0.7wPush-inFor Olive Outdoor Lights 7337 / 7338
7871 7v0.63wPush-inFor 140 Outdoor Chaser Lights 7314 - clear
7872 24v3wScrew-inFor 10-bulb candle arch
7873 1.5v0.3wPush-inFor 100 Outdoor Net Lights 7317
7874 7v0.63wPush-inFor 35 Diamond Lights 7405
7875 2.5v0.5wPush-inFor larger sets of 100, 200 or 300 Mini Lights
7876 7v0.63wPush-inFor 140 Outdoor Chaser Lights 7411 - coloured