Can I stretch out my light bulb?
January 13, 2014 5:27 PM Subscribe
I have a candelabra chandelier (E12) and I want to use LED bulbs in them. The problem is, the bases of the bulbs are so wide
that they bottom out in the socket before the bulb's end pin can make contact with the bottom of the socket. The socket does not have a tab I can pull out, and the chandelier is made in a way that replacing the sockets does not seem very accessible. I have encountered this with two different brands of light bulbs, and looking around, it seems that it is a common problem with LED lights. So, I want to stretch out my light bulbs.
I was thinking about making a coil of copper wire and soldering it to the end of the bulb so that it touches the end circuit earlier while I'm screwing it in? Or perhaps I should use a bearing, or easiest: using a bigger blob of solder? Are there any safety risks by doing this? My thought is that as long as it does not arc and melt my solder, it should be fine, but I thought I'd ask the hive first.
I've seen light bulb socket extenders, but it would look terrible in this chandelier. Also, there are only two bulbs, and with the long life expectancy, doing this seems small enough of a task to be worthwhile.