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Weird Bulbs- Uncle Fester’s Mystery Light Bulb February 26, 2009

Posted by Dr. Z Bulbs in Weird Bulb News.
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Gadzooks! Its me, Dr Z lord of light and the pharoah of fluorescent. One of the things I love to do on this site is to not only focuse where we are with lighting of the future and the present is to take a trip down memory lane and feature great light bulb people of the past.(My hero Edison especially) But one of the unsung heros of the light bulb and an inspiration to many young children of the TV generation was and still is Uncle Fester from the Adam’s Family. His zaney trick of lighting a light bulb in his mouth was the beacon that led me down the path of lightbulb lunacy! So imagine my surprise when I  found this link on Uncle Fester’s Mystery Light Bulb! See Below! I think they need to start making these again!

Dr. Z



Uncle Fester’s Mystery Light Bulb, 1967

Ah, dear Uncle Fester. From the Addams Family TV series. This plastic light bulb was powered by one AA size battery. The actual flashlight bulb is a 1.5 volt elongated, frosted bulb. The instructions say to replace the lamp with a standard 1.5 volt flashlight bulb once the original burns out. The flashlight bulb is contained within a non-breakable plastic full-sized light bulb. You can tell it’s authentic if the top of the bulb is stamped “ML” and surrounding these letters are the words “Mystery Light Bulb”.

The trick in lighting the bulb was to make an electrical connection between the bottom of the metal lamp base and the side of the lamp base. You could do this by wearing the special ring included in the box, by using aluminum foil concealed in your hand, or in your mouth if you want to practice the conventional Uncle Fester method.

One of the great dangers of this toy is that the bulb base was not reverse threaded. This allowed the 1.5 volt battery operated bulb to be easily screwed into any 110-115 Volt lamp socket! Knowing this toy might cause a possible fire or electrocution would most certainly evoke a sly smile on the faces of the entire Addams clan.









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