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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
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    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2020
    What ho one and all,

    I don't understand why it is soooo difficult to find / buy plain vanilla E27 bulb holders.

    I want to replace some bayonet pendant lights with ES but finding plain ES holders seems almost impossible. The regular eBay pages all have funky antique or weird styles.

    Where can I get a regular holder at a regular price to replace myself rather than one with cable attached?

    Thanks and toodle pip
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2020
    Try searching under ES lamp holder, or more specifically E27,--- NOT Bulb holder, there are loads available.:smile:
    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2020
    That may be a better search option, but my results are like this:


    What I want is the plain vanilla, inexpensive ES version of this.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2020
    That is BC
    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2020
    Yes, I know, but I want the ES version of this. Plain vanilla ES lamp holder, nothing fancy with neither cord and ceiling rose attached.
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2020
    So try searching anywhere other than ebay.
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2020 edited

    The majority of ES lampholders are meant as converters for table lights and the like, I think, with an external or internal thread to fit onto the light base. The direct melamine replacement that I think you're after may not have cable strainers built in, so if you are wanting them for ceiling use you may have to come up with something different, i.e replacing ceiling mount too. Or, get BC to ES converters.
    • CommentAuthormarktime
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2020
    Use E27 casquilla or portalampara in your search. Millions of 'em.
    I bought some pendants expecting to use only the cable and the lamp holder, but when got them home, realised that the existing bases had gone quite grubby by comparison with the new bits. So replaced the whole lot.
    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2020

    Thanks for the suggestions. Owlman, that is exactly what I want. Not having a cable cable clamp is annoying but not a problem; can wrap a cable tie around the cable and have that inside the holder.

    Don't understand why something this simple is so difficult to find. X years ago, when I replaced the original build tungsten pendant lamps with LED, I did source the ES holders, but don't recall from where.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2020
    I have used bc to es converters
    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2020
    I know I could use converters but with a normal 2.4 ceiling height and those paper globe pendant lamps shades, dropping the bulb - ceiling height means that ones head will be almost too close to the shade.
    if you are having a shade then there are loads on eBay with a shade ring. I thought you wanted one without a shade ring and spent ages looking for one! (at least 5 minutes)
    Search for E27 bulb holder pendant.



    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2020
    Thanks for the links and sorry for the late reply. Think I had found similar but was somewhat put off by the price. Regular BC pendant fittings are almost two a penny compared with ES. And the BC come with cable attached!

    The only upside is they are for a flat I rent out so can claim upgrade costs against HMRC.
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